James Gardin & TOSHIKI HAYASHI(%C) – “Soul Rich”

Hip hop, rap; Illect Recordings — STREAM / BUY single

Illect Recordings artist James Gardin has used his multifaceted skill set of empowering rhymes, fun melodies, energetic stage presence, and deft fashion sense to become the most successful emcee in his hometown of Lansing, Michigan. He has performed hundreds of shows around the world, amassed thousands of plays and downloads with coverage on top web sites and publications (HipHopDX, Earmilk, 2DopeBoyz, DJBooth, Paste, The Word Is Bond, Rapzilla, Lansing State Journal, Grungecake, Respect Mag, Sphere of Hip-Hop, and many more). He has also had songs featured on ESPN, GaryVee TV, and Black&SexyTV. He has also shared the booth and the stage with artists such as Grieves, Macklemore, Dessa, Murs, Talib Kweli, Astronautalis, KING, and many more. James aims to use his art and message to inspire all those around him to live their life fully, and encounter their purpose daily.



For the foreseeable future, it’s grit over glamour as the shiny trinkets & human-made accolades don’t bang like they used to. “Soul Rich” finds The World’s Most Encouraging Rapper forging a new partnership with Japan’s Toshiki Hayashi(%C). There’s nothing like that intangible peace from knowing your value doesn’t come from material wealth. Stack paper if you must, but when your soul rich, it’s all good even when it ain’t.