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BLK ODYSSY & KIRBY release a soulful R&B single, entitled, “YOU GOTTA MAN”

BLK ODYSSY is an Austin-based singer-songwriter and producer from Houston, Texas. KIRBY is a talented singer-songwriter from Memphis, Tennessee. Not too long ago, they released a soulful R&B single, titled, “YOU GOTTA MAN.”


‘YOU GOTTA MAN’ opens with the twang of a guitar, rumbling 808s, and reverberating backing vocals, which open up to welcome BLK ODYSSY’s signature soothing vocals. Funky basslines and filtered drum lines come together to create a harmonically rich fusion of soul and R&B, with BLK crooning on the issue of wanting someone while they’re both in a relationship, concluding that he will “see you next lifetime” instead.

The track is accompanied by a stunning falsetto verse from the self-proclaimed granddaughter of soul, KIRBY, who has penned tracks for the likes of Beyoncé, Kanye West, and Ariana Grande. This a beautiful modern example of call-and-response verses from two incredible voices in the scene.

Furthermore, “YOU GOTTA MAN” is featured on BLK ODYSSY’s upcoming 15-track sophomore album, entitled, “DIAMONDS & FREAKS,” available on June 7th, 2023, via EMPIRE.



“‘DIAMONDS & FREAKS’ addresses the concept of love and lust. The album has four chapters which represent the different phases of love and lust.” – BLK ODYSSY stated

‘DIAMONDS & FREAKS’ is a genre-bending mix of R&B, soul, hip-hop, funk, and pop music. The collection is narrated by bassist, producer, and funk extraordinaire, Bootsy Collins. The conceptual project will be divided into three chapters, telling the story of a man enslaved by his lustful addictions. The record is presented as an erotic novel by Keisha Plum for a vivid storytelling experience, blending sounds that create a fresh and distinct world in which BLK ODYSSY shines brightly.

‘YOU GOTTA MAN’ is BLK ODYSSY’s third release of the year, following “HONEYSUCKLE NECKBONE” and “ODEE,” all three showcasing distinct styles from the versatile artist. “ODEE’ is a dark, haunting soul tune with deep bass and twinkling guitar lines, whereas “HONEYSUCKLE NECKBONE” is more upbeat, with funky instrumentation and an addictive groove.

We recommend adding BLK ODYSSY’s and KIRBY’s “YOU GOTTA MAN” single to your favorite contemporary R&B playlist. Also, let us know how you feel in the comment section below. Mel Blanc’s famous catchphrase, That’s All Folks! Thanks for reading another great article on Bong Mines Entertainment – the hot spot for new music and entertainment news. Always remember that (P) Positive, (E) Energy, (A) Always, (C) Creates, (E) Elevation (P.E.A.C.E). Contact us on social media via Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, or Facebook, and let us know what’s going on. Also, don’t forget to subscribe to our newsletter, purchase our merchandise, and become a Patron of Bong Mines Entertainment. Disclaimer: This post contains Apple Music affiliate links. If you make a purchase after clicking a link on this page, we will collect a small share of the sales. That little compensation will be used towards keeping this website up and running.