Harvey Whyte Drops New Single ‘Gyally From West’

Joe Simpson

By Joe Simpson

Joe Simpson

4 Aug 2022

Hackney-born and raised, rising rapper Harvey Whyte releases his new self-produced single, ‘Gyally From West’. Taking a late-night drive across the city, the playful, bouncy baseline is the perfect backdrop for Harvey’s bars about a summer fling. Written after a severe break-up, ‘Gyally From West’ is a nod to those who are newly single and settling back into the game having lost themselves amongst something toxic. Directed by NUFFHUNGRY (Footsie, Ocean Wisdom, French The Kid) the video sees Harvey visiting his various love interests across the capital.

Forging his own unconventional path, Harvey grew up in a musical household and started rapping as early as 14 years old. Back then he used his music to channel his teenage angst into lyrics and from here he developed his ability, to be honest, and vulnerable, rapping about all of life’s highs and lows. Harvey’s entire life is synonymous with music and after a turbulent time growing up – having been expelled from 5 schools – when he turned 18 he channelled his anger and attention towards the piano and then began practising for 8 hours a day. Despite working over 40 hours a week as a chef, he still found time to perfect his craft and teach himself every evening after work. Fast forward to the present and still fueled by passion, he is a self-taught pianist and producer with beat-making credits for the likes of legendary Footsie, Greentea Peng and Frankie Stew and Harvey Gunn to name a few. His soundscape spans far beyond Rap, blending influences from Neo-Soul, R&B, Alt, Trap, Jazz,and Electronic, pioneering something dynamic and adventurous.

Not many rappers can perform as well in front of a mic as they can behind a classical piano but his evolution continues to amaze anyone who crosses his path. Harvey’s piano-Rap fusion is paired with clever wordplay, soothing vocals and vivid storytelling abilities which can only be found in the DNA of an inner city musician.