You could call it a big day for Kayo. The St. Lucian emcee not only announced his upcoming EP through Black Box, but also premiered a brand new track today. “Rich Already” is the first single off S.L.A.V.E. (Serenity Lives Around Virtuous Energy), due out September 10th. The EP chronicles the past few years of Kayo’s life in the industry, navigating the highs and lows: touring with Classified and opening for Snoop Dogg and Xzibit, but also having to prove himself as a new artist on a label. As for “Rich Already”, Kayo describes it as having some of his “most honest and vulnerable bars ever.” I’d have to agree. He even dishes out an impassioned final verse delivered at his mentor Classified:

“S—, it’s only getting harder for a youngin’ on the come up/ While I sit back and watch you get bigger/ But I figured it out, you spoiled me, turned me to royalty/ Way before my time…”

“Now I fiend for the allure of all these bad b—-es, mad riches/ Man listen, what I expect? You got children/ Sometimes I gotta tell myself to quit b—-in’.”

I’m not trying to imply there’s any beef there – I’m sure there’s not – but you can tell Kayo’s writing from the heart. Chris Noxx provides the anthemic, horns-infused production on this one. As if all of this news wasn’t already enough, he’s also announced he’ll be joining the legendary Chali 2na (of Jurassic 5 fame) on a cross-Canada tour this September. London fans get a double dose of Kayo, as he’ll also be in London on September 7th with Sean Kingston (9/2/2013 update: Sean Kingston will no longer be coming). Stream “Rich Already” and check out the tour dates below.

Tour dates w/ Chali 2na:
September 12 – Vancouver, BC @ The Rio
September 13 – Whistler, BC @ Garibaldi Lift Co.
September 14 – Victoria, BC @ Rifflandia Festival
September 16 – Nelson, BC @ Spirit Bar
September 17 – Banff, AB @ Wild Bill’s
September 18 – Calgary, AB @ The Gateway
September 19 – Edmonton, AB @ Starlite Room
September 20 – Saskatoon, SK @ U of Saskatoon
September 21 – Winnipeg, MB @ Pyramid Cabaret
September 24 – London, ON @ Hideaway Records & Bar
September 25 – Toronto, ON @ Adelaide Hall
September 26 – Ottawa, ON @ Ritual Nite Club
September 27 – Montreal, QC @ Cabaret Underworld