Cincinnati Hip Hop Artist Ronin Halloway Releases Intense Debut Album, 'Pressure'

Halloway celebrates the new release this Friday at The Woodward Theater with local Dream Pop band Multimagic; check out the premiere of the latest music video from the project, "Be Okay"

Jun 20, 2019 at 9:38 am

click to enlarge Ronin Halloway - Artwork by Samuel Steezmore
Artwork by Samuel Steezmore
Ronin Halloway
Ronin Halloway has been releasing singles and collaborating with other local Hip Hop artists (including the thoughtful three-track Icarus Trilogy with JayBee Lamahj) for the past couple of years, building up anticipation for his seven-song recording project, Pressure.

click to enlarge Ronin Halloway's 'Pressure' - Artwork by John Cardosi
Artwork by John Cardosi
Ronin Halloway's 'Pressure'
A collaboration with local producer/beatmaker SmokeFace (aka Evan Brown, also the drummer for Multimagic), according to press materials, the album continues the kind of deeper conceptual vision exhibited on the Icarus project and “explores themes of loss, addiction and longing across raw, synth-based soundscapes.”

The titular track “Pressure,” released as a single in May (with an accompanying music video), is a dynamic whirlwind of swirling atmospherics, throbbing low-end and Halloway’s versatile vocals, which shapeshift constantly throughout the track, taking on different tones, rhyme schemes and moods. It’s almost as if Halloway is letting multiple personalities take turns on the mic and it makes for a gratifying listening experience.

Today we're thrilled to premiere the second music video from Pressure (which will be available this Friday), for the equally dynamic and intense track "Be Okay." The clip was directed and edited by Jeremy Whitcomb.

Halloway will celebrate Pressure's release Friday, June 21 at The Woodward Theater with local Dream Pop group Multimagic (who are celebrating their own new release, a vinyl 7-inch).

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Update: Pressure is out now.