King Sama dropped his most recent EP, Oregon, on Oct. 31, 2014.
The EP must have been released on Halloween because it is full of treats. Oregon, the EP, features a consistent flow of Neo-Soul rap and melodic tunes that mix with King Sama’s lyrics that describe his experiences in college.
Emiro Blom, a sophomore at the University of Oregon, is the lyrical genius behind the stage name King Sama. Blom is not only a rapper: he dabbles as a DJ on the weekends and has recently directed and produced his own play. Blom is also an experienced actor and improv performer.
Blom originally hails from Long Beach, California and got his start rapping when he was 15. “I was just writing raps with buddies in class instead of taking notes and on the drive home we would spit them for each other and see if they were any good,” said Blom.
King Sama says his music has evolved a lot since when he first started rapping, and his most recent EP showcases his musical development.
“I was getting use to rapping on beat and writing lyrics to a beat versus writing song first then hearing the beat. And then I purposefully released the Cloudy EP, which was suppose to be a beta test,” Blom said.
The main focus of this EP is fluidity. King Sama worked to produce a sound that is fluid throughout the whole EP. “I tried to create some of a reoccurring feel to it so that if you listen to it all the way through nothing stands out, and everything sounds like it belongs on this EP,” said Blom.
Oregon features 10 new songs and also features various producers.
Track number nine, also known as “62”, is a rap that King Sama wrote to his mom. If you listen closely, you can hear intimate details about his childhood and relationship with his mother.
Another notable track, “Nearby Creek,” took King Sama around two years to finish. Blom explained that by working with other producers and rappers, the production process slows down. “Just because you’re ready doesn’t mean they are yet. They might take the beat and practice now, but not drop their rap until a while later.”
When Emiro is not rapping or creating beats, he can be found in Villard, acting or working on his most recent production, “Our Own,” a play about two roommates who are recent college graduates that must face the unforgiving world of life after college with no safety net.
If he is not in Villard, he may be at parties as a DJ spinning his tracks with other producers and rappers to create an eclectic hip hop mix. “My friend Chris Lee just produced a new song that I like to play at parties, too. It’s important to support your local artists who work hard every day,” Blom said.