Steve Aoki brings about another cake-smashing hit, “Without U” (feat. 2 Chainz) with DVBBS. The single was released prior to his upcoming album, which will be released on Ultra Music.
“Without U” is a huge mix of electronic, hip-hop, rap, and trap. The song, which features a handful of interesting elements sprinkled throughout, is proof that Aoki continues to close gaps between genres. The transitions between each section and build-ups for each section are most definitely electronic, while the percussion during the verses and choruses are most definitely hip-hop and rap-styled.
“Without U” was recorded back in the early stages of 2016, briefly after Aoki spoke with 2 Chainz about a collaboration. The two have been speculating a collaboration for years now, and they finally made it a reality. On May 5th and 6th, he will be performing with artists like Chance the Rapper, Gucci Mane, Lil Uzi, Vert, 6LACK, and many others at JMBLYA Fest.
Last December, Aoki released a collaboration with Louis Tomlinson called “Just Hold On,” which skyrocketed to No. 1 in 43 countries upon release and has also acquired Gold or Platinum status in 18 countries. Aoki also just celebrated the 20th anniversary of his independent record label Dim Mak.
Listen to Steve Aoki, DVBBS, and 2 Chainz’s “Without U” below.