Eli Manny is one of the rap game’s best kept secrets. The 17-year-old from Dallas, TX is a technically sound crooner who was seemingly born to orate sermons in a recording booth. Eli Manny’s lyrical verbosity, vocal range, and innate ability to weave in and out of his production’s pockets are some characteristics that put him ahead of his teenage contemporaries. He only has two songs out on streaming services right now, but both have the potential to blow. His first release, “Bust,” has already garnered over 85k streams on Spotify in just a month. And now, he’s back with his second, titled “Journey.” Produced by BrendanYouMadeThis, this solemn, guitar-driven track dives deeper into the caverns of Manny’s psyche than its predecessor did and exhibits his gift for critical and conflicting introspection: “Shit been on my mind I gotta meditate / Told my God I’m sorry how I’m livin’ I need better faith / Think a n***a pussy when it’s time bitch I won’t hesitate,” he soulfully belts on the chorus. Eli Manny reminds me of a young Roddy Ricch or Quando Rondo, and currently resides in the same lane as Rot Ken. The video for “Journey,” directed by Prophecy, features Manny and his friends at various locations around their city, depicting the roots of the soon-to-be legendary “Journey” that is bound to be for the young sage.