In recent years, the rap scene in New York has undergone many changes. Gone are the days of a strictly raw and rugged appeal, having been replaced with aesthetics that reach far outside the infamous five boroughs. Although the grittiness of the traditional New York emcee still remains in certain aspects, the counterculture of today is very prevalent. From this, an artist such as Tally Bands was birthed.

Hailing from the notorious Soundview & Throggs Neck neighborhoods of the Bronx, Tally’s music strongly relies on melodies, but with a closer listen it becomes clear that dark undertones are a consistent theme. Newly signed to The Orchard/Sony Music’s Urban Divison, Tally Bands is ready to reach new levels as an artist. He gave Elevator Mag the opportunity to premiere his debut single “How I Ain’t Die,” which was produced my BlackMayo. The track finds Tally reacting to a love lost, and almost losing himself in the process.

For more on Tally Bands, check him out on Instagram at IamTallyBands, and his music can be found on Spotify, Apple Music, and all other digital streaming platforms.