By Joshua Paez
Track: “Chevy Missions”
Artist: Keys Open Doors, Mac Ayres
Release Date: September 26, 2020
Keys Open Doors and Mac Ayres release their second collaboration track called “Chevy Missions.” This track follows Ayres’ release of “Same Old Strangers” featuring Keys Open Doors in July of 2020.
Keys Open Doors is a hip-hop producer, songwriter, and musician from Tacoma, Wash. and currently makes music in Los Angeles. Keys has toured with artists like Bazzi and has played keyboard on television shows like, The Ellen Show and Jimmy Kimmel Live. This song is for listeners who enjoy music from artists like Kendrick Lamar, Smino, and Monte Booker.
Keys Open Doors and Mac Ayres are both independent artists who have officially released their second collaboration track called “Chevy Missions.” Mac and Keys both teased the track all over social media before release and received great support and anticipation from their followers.
After leaving his record label between his two albums Something to Feel and Juicebox, Ayres has focused on having fun and making music for his listeners instead of playing the music industry game. His verse on “Chevy Missions” shows how much fun he’s having collaborating with other independent artists. On this track, Keys raps about growing up, doing things his own way, and chasing dreams.
The leading instruments in the song consist of what sounds like a lo-fi organ or synth with chill hip-hop drums that make your head bump. Keys Open Doors’ vocal production is reminiscent of Kendrick Lamar’s style, and his flow is tight and incredibly catchy.
Mac Ayres’ feature was a pleasant surprise as he showcased his take on hip hop with his melodic and syncopated verse. As a Mac Ayres fan, this track was a real treat especially after hearing Keys Open Doors’ verse on “Same Old Strangers”. Keys and Ayres truly complement each other in style and genre as they blend their backgrounds in soul, R&B, and hip hop to create a refreshing listening experience.
After listening to “Chevy Missions” you can hear how Keys has influenced Ayres’ style when comparing this track to “Same Old Strangers.” “Same Old Strangers” sounds quite different from the rest of Mac’s discography of slow, soulful guitar, keyboards, and lo-fi drums on Drive Slow, the smooth and groovy tracks on Something to Feel, and his breakthrough independent project, Juicebox.
You can hear Keys’ influence on Mac’s music by the change in the pace of the instrumentals to spacious and immersive synths, hip hop drums and rap-influenced flow in his verses. Mac stays true to his personal style with his buttery vocals on “Chevy Missions” but with rhythmic chops that we haven’t heard from him before. “Chevy Missions” is a track that demonstrates Keys Open Doors’ incredible and unique sound and Mac Ayres’ versatility as an artist.
Though Keys Open Doors is a smaller, independent artist, I can see a larger career ahead of him with the type of music he is releasing.
A collaboration album with Keys and Ayres would be an amazing project, especially if Mac Ayres is expanding his discography more into the world of rap and hip hop.
“Chevy Missions” can be found on various streaming platforms like Apple Music and Spotify. I found this song to be best enjoyed loudly from car speakers while singing along to the lyrics. Hopefully, this track makes its way into your next playlist or car ride.
Featured image By Keys Open Doors and Mac Ayres