Multiple Dove Awards nominee, Steven Malcolm, will release his second project for Word Records Hip Hop label, IVAV, on Jan. 26, 2018. The Second City -- Part 1, was executive produced by Word Entertainment's Senior Director, A&R, Joseph Prielozny, and features four new songs written or co-written by Malcolm. Guest artists on the record include Taylor Hill, Anderson Michael and Zauntee. The Second City -- Part 1 is available now for pre-order at www.stevenmalcolm.com, and on Jan. 26 will be available at all digital music outlets. The title of the EP and the lyrics have special meaning for Malcolm and provides his most biographaical project to date.
"My Father was a Jamaican immigrant. He was arrested in the United States and deported when I was only 10 years old. I never saw him again," explains Malcolm. "He was born in Montego Bay, Jamaica...also known as The Second City. This is my heritage, however, because of Jesus my story is not like my Father's.
"The Second City is an ode to my past, and also represents the new story of hope and redemption I found in Jesus," continues Malcolm. "The Second City is an illustration for the new life, the new story, and the new eternal Kingdom God invites us into through Jesus. Sinners like you and me can receive forgiveness, hope, and eternal life through the finished work of Jesus on the cross! Welcome to The Second City." For Malcolm's video of his testimony, "Behind the Title," please view below.
The Second City -- Part 1 launches with the Jamaican themed song "Rodeo feat. Taylor Hill," and segues into the ballad "Not To Us-Good Love feat. Taylor Hill & Anderson Michael." This is followed by the "Watch," and concludes with "Fadeaway feat. Zauntee," as both songs feature Malcolm's classic Hip Hop style. The Second City -- Part 1 is the first of a four-part rollout, with the three other EP's being released each quarter in 2018.
Malcolm heads into the new year, after a very successful 2017. His self-titled debut project for IVAV resulted in the first single, "Hot Boy," receiving national recognition from NBA on ESPN with airplay through 2016-2017. The second single from Steven Malcolm, "Party In The Hills (feat. Andy Mineo and Hollyn)," was featured on Spotify's "New Music Friday" playlist of 2017 and VH1's "Black in Crew," while garnering 700,000 views online. The Hip Hop artist was featured on the "2017 Winter Jam Tour" and performed for over 650,000 people. This success led to Malcolm being nominated for three Dove Awards, New Artist of the Year, Rap/Hip Hop Album of the Year (Steven Malcolm) and Rap/Hip Hop Recorded Song of the Year ("Party In The Hills feat. Andy Mineo and Hollyn)", along with a powerful live performance of "Party In The Hills" with Hollyn at the Dove Awards. This was followed with another high-profile tour, Sadie Robertson's "Live Original Tour," that ran Oct. -- Nov. 2017.