LOCAL ARTIST LOWDOWN: Gaine$’s Reintroduces Himself with Native Sun Release

by Schondra Aytch   and  photo of the artist  Gaine$’s  by Sara Heidinger via  UB Arts Collaboratory

Released late last year,  Gaine$’s Native Sun reintroduces the rising lyricist as a man celebrating his maturity. The 5 track EP, sheds a unique light on the rapper’s personal growth. Spitting knowledge as tender advice and harsh truths, Gaine$ uses his experiences to lead with confident reflections. Applying an intensely artistic approach to his recent effort, the Buffalo native is emerging as not only a standout talent but a trusted voice in the local Hip-Hop scene.

Rapping since 2005, Gaine$’s lyrical agility has always been evident, but his presence was elusive at times. A co-founder of longtime rap group Koolie High (which later rebranded as Ooze Gang) the rising lyricist has put out a handful of posse cuts, projects, and singles with his rap collective, but Native Sun signifies a new turning point for the rising artist’s capabilities.

There was a point and time where I was a better artist than I was a man…I could rap my [butt] off, but I ain’t have a dollar in my pocket…Really over the years balancing and molding myself into the person I’ve become and then being able to display that, that’s really the ultimate…purpose,” explained Gaine$.

Native Sun the Album can be listened to and downloaded on  Apple Music, Spotify, Amazon Music, Pandora, and Youtube


Recounting hood living, romantic interests, and late-night enlightenments on the project, Gaine$ gathered a handful of his favorite creative collaborators to bring his perspective to life – a tedious, yet successful undertaking. Executive produced by longtime group mate Jordan Hood Koolie, Native Sun’s production included major contributions from well-known producer Toneyboi, beatmakers Thomas Swaggard, Kage Durden and Program and most uniquely local visual artist Jessica Saddleston to hand-paint the album art.

With an overwhelmingly positive reception since the release of Native Sun, Gaine$ has been performing his new music across Western New York.

Catch him this Friday with the prophets, July 16th at 6pm for an intimate live show performance at Khari’s Cafe 128 Fargo $10 Admission 

Contributing Writer and Local Artist Lowdown Columnist Schondra Aytch