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MKE Music Premiere: Cam Will’s new track brings the hustle to the hotel

Jack Thomas, Kieran Sundaram
Courtesy of the artist

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As philosopher Shawn Carter once said, “After the party it’s the hotel lobby.” For Milwaukee rapper Cam Will, after the lobby it’s the “getting asked to leave the hotel for trying to give an NBA player one of his promo flyers.”

There is a happy ending to this hustle, however, in the form of “Kimpton Conversations,” the infectiously spitfire track getting its debut here.

Besides giving Will ample songwriting inspiration, the events of that night delivered another crucial piece of the puzzle: a beat by Clayborn Harlow (brother of Jack Harlow). With rhythm in hand, Will started to put together the rhymes and ended up with something that reflects the wealth of material he had at his disposal.

The Milwaukee native spends most of the track going at a breakneck, rat-a-tat pace — like time’s going to run out before his words do. Still, there’s an easy flow to “Kimpton Conversations” as Will lays out the explanations for his efforts and nods to what went down that night:

I’m out here tryna make the best of me
You keep messin’ up my energy with questions, G
With my brother O on usual he rock the bald fade
Told ’em it look even more player when he rock the braids
Having Kimpton Conversations ended up meeting Toscano
Did he ever really check my music out
Hell if I know 

While not precisely relatable — personally, I’ve never approached a pro basketball player for career advancement — the track is wildly replayable. You can do exactly that on this page using the player toward the top or exercise some patience while waiting to hear it on 88Nine throughout today (7:30 and 11:30 a.m.; 3:30, 7:30 and 10:30 p.m.).