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Migos – Culture III

Migos  (Quavo, Offset and Takeoff) proudly present their anticipated new album, Culture III out now via Quality Control Music/Motown Records. It is available on their official store with a limited Gallery Dept. capsule collection. Get it HERE.

The anxiously awaited third installment serves as the finale of the blockbuster Culture trilogy. As a knockout climax, it spotlights their nimble ad-libs, bulletproof bars, head-spinning hooks, and irreplaceable chemistry. Not to mention, it’s stacked with A-list co-stars, including Drake, Cardi B, Justin Bieber, Future, Polo G, Youngboy NBA the late Juice WRLD and Pop Smoke to name a few. They celebrate the release with the music video for “Modern Day.” Between the jet-skis, rare automobiles, private planes, and smoke, Migos trade equally high-octane rhymes in this luxurious big screen-worthy visual. Watch it HERE.

They’ve taken over the game with one major move after another this week in support of the album. After setting social media on fire with the tracklisting and artwork reveal, they graced the stage of NBC’s The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon for a performance of the new record “Avalanche.”

Dressed to the nines in black suits complete with black fedoras and shades in the music video, they deliver a smooth and slick rendition of the tune accompanied by a full band, uplifting this anthem with horns, live drums, and guitar solos.

Today, they will throw the ultimate PORTL party with the Migos Culture III Hologram. They’re set to host the hologram appearance simultaneously at 6pm ET via PORTL at select locations in Atlanta, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and Miami. 

Last month, they paved the way for the album with “Straightenin.” It has already racked up north of 52 million worldwide streams and 21+ million views on the music video. Plus, it holds the #5 spot on Spotify’s Rap Caviar and popped off as “#1 Most Added at Urban Radio. Meanwhile, its predecessor, “Need It” [feat. YoungBoy Never Broke Again], has amassed 94.3 million Spotify streams and 56 million YouTube views on the music video. 

Culture stands tall in the pantheon of great hip-hop series. The original platinum-selling Culture bowed at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 in 2017 and garnered two 2018 GRAMMY nominations, including “Best Rap Album” and “Best Rap Performance” for the Billboard Hot 100 #1 “Bad & Boujiee” [feat. Lil Uzi Vert]. On its heels, Culture II elevated Migos to rarified air. It capture #1 on the Billboard Top 200 and pick up a double-platinum plaque. To date, they have gathered 25 billion streams and 68 billion YouTube views. 

The internet and the game have been begging for Culture III for three years, and now Migos have delivered.

The culture belongs to them.

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Rob49 – 4 God

Buzzing New Orleans artist Rob49 delivers his widely anticipated full-length project 4 God. The masterfully produced body of work features Rob’s signature Louisiana slang, delivered with a gruff musical cadence that is a refreshingly new sound out of New Orleans–shot through with the velocity of contemporary trap styles. 4 God’ is out now on all digital retailers HERE.

About Rob49 

Rob49 arrived on the scene fully-formed, as though he’d been practicing for his first studio session his whole life. The deep-voiced New Orleans artist started rapping officially only a short while ago, but you wouldn’t know it—already people are calling him “baby Soulja Slim” for his magnetic presence and confidence on the mic. Listening to songs like the local anthem “Pent House,” it’s clear these sorts of accolades are earned. Across his propulsive flows, Rob raps with a natural energy and an easy assuredness, putting on for his neighborhood and remembering those he’s lost.

From early in his life, Rob49 had the DIY mentality instilled in him. Born in New Orleans in 1999, and growing up at the intersection of projects in the 4th and 9th Wards (that’s where the “49” in his rap handle comes from), Rob had to adapt to the harsh realities of his environment on his own, part of where the energy in his music originates. That energy has translated to co-signs from Say Cheese founder Shawn Cotton and Mississippi State basketball star Lamar Peters. Since his first studio session, he’s put in work, culling beats from YouTube and local producers. In 2020 alone he put out three propulsive tapes—4our the World, Vulture, and Krazy Man—building buzz in his city. It’s no mystery: on each project he sounds unbelievably poised and possessed by the beat, breathlessly digging into stories about his hood and come-up.

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Riichylee – Trust

BRONX BORN ARTIST RIICHYLEE RELEASES NEW SINGLE TRUST, CHECK OUT THE TRAP/TROPIC TRACK TODAY, WATCH OFFICIAL VIDEO HERE   

Bronx-born artist Riichylee releases his new offering Trust, which makes its arrival with an accompanying visual directed by Nimi Hendrix. Riichylee presents a cinematic visual that brings to life the infectious melodic track complemented by smooth Spanish guitars and bass-knocking beats.

Riichylee adds, This single shines light on how your status tends to be a gift and curse in a relationship. I speak on my status and how my appeal that reels women at the beginning of a relationship leads to trust issues and insecurities after we’re in it. Without trust, you don’t have anything.

WATCH TRUST HERE

About Riichylee 

Representing the Bronx, New York, Riichylee is an independent artist who is most certain to change the music industry & get his message across to anyone with a set of speakers, with his versatility & unique style. In 2020 Riichylee released his first debut single, TPIN which picked up lots of feedback from YouTube, TikTok, & Instagram after gathering a total of 300k+ views in such little time. After years of perfecting his craft, Riichylee began to take music seriously and decided to take his music career to the next level. Known for his versatility & the ability to be musically diverse, creating witty unique flows and lyrical content in the snap of an eye, unlike many, Riichylee likes to freestyle his music for greater content and more feeling-full music.

Connect with Riichylee via his Instagram, YouTube, Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal and Soundcloud.

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ISSAM ALNAJJAR × R3HAB

JORDANIAN ARTIST ISSAM ALNAJJAR TEAMS UP WITH R3HAB ON HADAL AHBEK (R3HAB CLUB REMIX)

TURNING ME UP (HADAL AHBEK) WITH LOUD LUXURY & ALI GATIE DEBUTS AT #36 ON BILLBOARD DANCE/MIX SHOW AIRPLAY CHART

Rising international pop phenomenon Issam Alnajjar recruits Moroccan Dutch DJ and producer R3HAB for a summertime-ready remix of his breakthrough viral hit, Hadal Ahbek.

Of the remix, Issam says, “It’s great and it’s an honor to have DJ R3HAB, a worldwide DJ with Arab roots, remix my song into this crazy club mix!”

Hadal Ahbek (R3HAB Club Remix) was produced by R3HAB and Luay Hijazeen and follows Issam’s recent collaboration with Loud Luxury and Ali Gatie on Turning Me Up (Hadal Ahbek). The song has impressively amassed over 10 million Spotify streams to date, debuted at #36 on the Billboard Dance/Mix Show Airplay Chart and #20 on the Billboard Canada CHR/Top 40 Chart this week and hit #4 on Canada’s Shazam Chart. HITS praised the song, calling it “a truly world-rocking fusion, while Dancing Astronaut said, “‘Turning Me Up (Hadal Ahbek)’ is a club-ready revision of a viral soundbite. Issam recently told Music.com his story, how he got into music and how he uses it as therapy—watch the interview HERE. Stay tuned for a new single to come from Issam in July.

Earlier this spring, Issam dropped the official video for his debut single Hadal Ahbek, which has amassed over 10 million views on YouTube. Universal Music Group and Republic Records partnered with Founder and CEO of SALXCO and XO RECORDS, Wassim “SAL” Slaiby, and announced the launch of Universal Arabic Music (UAM). UAM, a label dedicated to discovering, introducing and championing the artists, sounds and rich musical culture of the Middle East & North Africa (MENA) region, marked the launch by announcing Issam Alnajjar as its first artist signing.

The 17-year-old singer, songwriter, and guitarist has made history with Hadal Ahbek, as it is the first Arabic song to explode worldwide as a viral #1 hit. In addition to racking up nearly 40 million Spotify streams and 3 billion sound views on TikTok, it has climbed up numerous global charts and been added to notable playlists since its release. Upon release, the track peaked at #1 on Spotify’s US and Global Viral 50 Charts and Shazam’s Top 200 Global Chart, as well as reached Top 20 spots on Apple Music’s Global Hits and Viral Hits Playlists. The song claimed spots on Spotify’s Pop Rising, Viral Hits, Teen Beats, and RADAR playlists. On the international stage, it hit #1 on Spotify’s Viral Chart in 25 local markets, including UK, Canada, Germany, France, and Mexico, and #1 on Shazam’s Top 200 Chart in 24 local markets. In the MENA region, the track peaked at #3 on Apple Music Pop Chart in Jordan and Lebanon, #5 on Apple Music Pop Chart in Egypt, #3 on Spotify’s Saudi Arabia Daily Chart, #3 on Deezer Lebanon Chart, #7 on Deezer United Arab Emirates Chart, and #7 on Deezer Tunisia Chart. The live performance video of “Hadal Ahbek” has over 76 million views on YouTube.

Hadal Ahbek, which translates to “I’ll Keep Loving You” in Arabic, first became an Internet sensation after Issam posted a snippet of the track on Instagram. After finding initial success and amassing over 10 thousand followers and 12 thousand views overnight, he created a fan challenge with the song on TikTok, which set it on fire around the world. The irresistible bop has arrived as a cross-continental anthem and cements Issam Alnajjar as an international artist to watch in 2021.

ABOUT ISSAM ALNAJJAR
Issam Alnajjar is leading the way for a new generation of artists from the Middle East and North Africa to take over the global music scene. A 17-year-old musician from Amman, Jordan, he had been creating music for a couple of years, studying the songwriting of pop artists like Shawn Mendes and Ed Sheeran and admiring the creativity of iconic artists like Queen and The Weeknd, when he got some inspiration for his breakout hit Hadal Ahbek. After dropping a preview video for the song on Instagram, anticipation from his fans grew larger and larger. By the time he finally released Hadal Ahbek, with Issam’s silky voice and infectious lyrics and melody, the popularity of it exceeded his expectations. Issam says he had only expected 10k views total for his song. That was shattered in one day, and eventually it grew to 100k views a week. And on TikTok, the song only grew bigger and now currently sits atop dozens of music charts on Spotify, Apple Music, and Deezer. For any artist to have a top song is an accomplishment. But what makes Issam’s feat more incredible is that he achieved this with a song sung in Arabic.

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GAVIN JAMES – SOBER

GAVIN JAMES NEW SINGLE SOBER

Dublin-Based Artist Has Amassed More Than 1.5 Billion Combined Global Streams Across His Catalog

Gavin James, whose unassuming authenticity and songcraft have earned him 1.5 billion combined global streams and 32 international Platinum or Gold certifications, returns with his first new music of 2021: Sober. The single asks the timeless question: is this love fueled by intoxication or is it based on something more substantial?

Sober is a song about being in love with someone and then in the morning they all of a sudden don’t love you back,” explains Gavin James. “It’s pretty much about the sobering reality that you are not for them, and you’re left alone replaying the relationship in your head … so you’re sad about it and you sing it real loud with a piano.

There’s a bravery in exposing such vulnerability in a song and that’s matched by his judgement in deploying the full-strength of his emotive vocals only where it matters the most. Helping Gavin achieve his full potential on the track are some A-list collaborators. Production comes from Patrick Pyke Salmy and Ricardo Muñoz, who have been dominating charts across Europe with Zoe Wees hits Control and Girls Like Us. Sober was mixed by Mitch McCarthy (Olivia Rodrigo, drivers license).

Gavin has come a long way since he began busking on the streets of Dublin. From early favorites such as Always and Nervous (The Ooh Song) to recent releases Man on the Moon and Boxes, the 29-year-old’s talents have been embraced by numerous superstars. He has played shows with Niall Horan, Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith, while Jimin of BTS amassed 256 million likes when he sang along to Nervous on the South Korean streaming service V Live. Gavin’s most recent Boxes EP hit No. 1 on Ireland’s album and airplay charts last year. Touring internationally, he has sold over 250,000 tickets for his headline shows, including two nights at Dublin’s 13,000 capacity 3Arena. Noisey.com hailed Gavin as “a soulful singer-songwriter sure to make you feel less alone when you’re down in the dumps,” and Clash praised him as “tender, emotional, no mean talent.”

Listen to Sober HERE

Watch Lyric Video HERE

 

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Clairo – Blouse

Clairo revealed her new single, “Blouse,” as well as the news of her forthcoming sophomore studio album, Sling, will see its global release on July 16th via FADER Label/Republic Records.

Written and recorded in up-state New York at Allaire Studios, Sling was co-produced by Clairo and Golden Globe/GRAMMY® Award-winning producer Jack Antonoff and was announced last night following Clairo’s live performance of “Blouse” on NBC’s The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. The American singer-songwriter also shared the album artwork along with the announcement that in addition to FADER Label, she has since signed a worldwide deal with esteemed label giants Republic Records.

Praised for her diary-worthy stories earmarked by her devilishly sharp commentary and angelically intimate vocals. The singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer has quietly threaded these stories into the fabric of popular culture since she first surfaced as a phenomenon out of her dorm bedroom. Following the success of her 2018 debut, Diary 001 EP, Clairo unveiled her 2019 full-length debut album, Immunity. The now 22-year-old received critical acclaim from the likes of Billboard, The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, NME, NPR, Pitchfork, Rolling Stone, and more. 

Beyond performing on TV shows like Jimmy Kimmel LIVE!, and most recently The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, she has notably sold out headline tours as well as joined the bills of Coachella and Lollapalooza. Clairo’s growing catalog includes the platinum-certified “Pretty Girl” and gold-certified “4Ever” and “Flaming Hot Cheetos,” in addition to “Are You Bored Yet?”—her platinum collaboration with Wallows. To date, she has amassed over 3 billion streams and counting. In 2021, she turns the page on the next chapter with her highly anticipated sophomore album, Sling—out worldwide on July 16th.

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3Breezy – Message to Her Music Video

3BREEZY RELEASES THE VIDEO FOR MESSAGE TO HER TODAY, WATCH HERE

Today newly-signed Capitol Records hip hop/RnB artist 3Breezy releases the video for Message To Her. The record, self-released by 3Breezy last November, already has 2,817,445 views, and overall in his short career 3Breezy has amassed nearly 25 million streams in the U.S. alone.

WATCH HERE

On Message to Her, Breezy tells the story of a woman who’s been neglected by her lover. Alternating between the woman’s perspective and his own, Breezy offers words of encouragement that are as tender as his vocals: Pick your head up, baby, know you got a purpose. Inspired by a direct message he received from a fan who wanted him to sing a story she couldn’t tell on her own, the song is both a literal embodiment of his mission to provide musical therapy for fans across the globe. The comments most shared from listeners are how the felt every word and that the song hits hard, As Breezy prepares his new project, Catch a Breeze, he’s just at the beginning of exploring this sensitive side of himself more fully.

3Breezy has only been making music for around a year, but already has a growing legion of fans ensnared by his crooning, hazy confessionals, and uplifting aphorisms. Raised in Pennsauken Township, New Jersey, he grew up surrounded by sisters and aunts and did a lot of listening, the background soundtrack for Message to Her and his understanding of both a man and a woman’s perspective — a born shoulder to lean on.

Gifted with a reassuring baritone and the empathy of someone who listens more than he speaks, 3Breezy colors in tales of heartbreak and healing with smoky melodies and wide-eyed sincerity, creating optimistic anthems for lost souls in search of happy endings. After debuting his first song in October of 2020 he began a consistent pattern of releasing singles & his debut mixtape Murda She Wrote. His sincere lyrics and detailed story-telling quickly captivated audiences across Tik Tok, YouTube, & locally. Through his music 3Breezy hopes to uplift, empower, and spread positivity through crooning his hazy confessionals, and uplifting aphorisms.

Breezy’s burgeoning rap career was born from a global catastrophe, a dream deferred, and bad weather. Raised in Pennsauken Township, New Jersey, the man born Nihee Wesley could see peers embracing the negative influences in the neighborhood, but he mostly kept to himself and steered clear of trouble in the process. By the time Breezy graduated, he planned on becoming a veterinarian technician, he realized he liked working with animals. Another reason was because I didn’t like working with people, he recalls with a laugh. After going to college for two years to get his vet assistant certification, Breezy was set to take on a job in his field. Then, the COVID-19 pandemic began and he was unable to do so.

One rainy day, after playing video games got old, Breezy noticed a TikTok user who said he’d recorded a song through his phone. After checking out the song and deciding it sounded pretty good, he downloaded GarageBand to his phone and got to work himself. Spitting over a dreamy guitar line, Breezy recorded his first song, the free-associative and casually braggadocious Kiss My Automatic. After creating the tune, he called his friend over to his house to see if he was hearing it right. After getting the cosign, he posted it to his TikTok account, which already had a sizable following, and proceeded to rack up likes and comments. Seeing the response to the song, Breezy began to consider new career possibilities. That was like one of my biggest videos I posted on TikTok,; he recalls. I’m like, What if I took this seriously?

By 2021, Breezy got his answer when he signed to Capitol Records and released Murda She Wrote, which, it should be said, he recorded entirely through his iPhone. While the first song he ever made was smooth for a debut, Murda She Wrote showcase a crystallized version of 3Breezy, one who’s not afraid to veer from the boasting to instead embrace his sensitivity. Growing up in a house with his aunts, he’d hear stories of their trials and tribulations in romance, and he’d get advice from his great-grandmother on how to speak to women. Songs like Message to Her and Mental Love reflect that upbringing. On newer releases like Move On and Message from Breezy (a spiritual sequel to Message to Her), he’s only doubled down on his emotional explorations, which heߣll surely continue to do on Catch a Breeze.

While he refers to himself as the voice of the heartbroken now, there was a time when he was afraid to embrace his emotions in song. I always had a thing for making this type of music, but I never really posted it because I didn’t want my homies to be like, Bro, why are you making this soft music? Nobody wants to hear you in your feelings, Breezy says. The second I stopped giving a fuck what anybody else thought and did what I liked is when I started seeing progress.

Follow 3Breezy via his Instagram, Twitter, Soundcloud and TikTok

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Tones and I – Welcome to the Madhouse

Global superstar Tones And I has announced her widely anticipated debut album, Welcome To The Madhouse, which will arrive worldwide on July 16th Tones And I has shared the forthcoming album’s lead single, “Cloudy Day,” which is available on all streaming platforms and accompanied by an animated video streaming on her official YouTube channel. Available for pre-order today, Welcome To The Madhouse stands out as a deeply reflective and personal body of work for Tones And I, with the Australian artist writing the entire album by herself and co-producing every song.

Tones And I commented on the significance of Welcome To The Madhouse explaining, “This album for me is very up and down and reflects the forever changing emotions in me. There are songs on the album that were written before “Dance Monkey,” about not knowing if busking was right for me. There are songs about my good friend T passing away and not wanting to deal with those emotions. The ups and downs of life in lockdown and the mental challenges/struggles. Some songs make me laugh and some make me cry but there is no running theme or vibe to the album – the songs are unique to how I was feeling the day I wrote them.”

Regarding “Cloudy Day,” Tones And I elaborated on the single’s origins noting, “After my friend T passed away I was struggling to write any songs that were happy or that I even liked. I met up with a friend who told me this saying from his late mum: ‘On a cloudy day, look up into the sky and find the sun.’ I knew I wanted to use that as a lyric and the next time I went into the studio I wrote ‘Cloudy Day.'” 

Tones And I Initially laid the foundation for Welcome To The Madhouse last year with the release of “Fly Away,” a poetic and powerful composition which has amassed over 190 million streams with Tones And I delivering performances of the song on Jimmy Kimmel Live! and The Ellen DeGeneres Show. She followed it up in 2021 with the release of “Won’t Sleep,” which arrived alongside an official music video continuing what has become a tradition of highly unexpected and unforgettable visuals. Both tracks reflected the inimitable idiosyncrasies of Tones And I’s signature style, highlighting her clever lyricism, unpredictable songcraft, and indisputable knack for a hook.

Having had to postpone her global tour in 2020 due to COVID-19, Tones And I will be announcing new US, European and UK headline dates in the coming weeks. For more information on Tones And I’s tour dates and tickets to upcoming shows, click HERE.

Tones And I‘s global smash “Dance Monkey” officially became the 3rd most streamed song of all time on Spotify making the track the most streamed song ever by a female artist on the platform. The “Dance Monkey” official music video has surpassed 1.6 billion views on YouTube, while the track has eclipsed six billion streams globally and earned 4x platinum certification from the RIAA in the US as well as multi-platinum or diamond certification in sixteen other countries. Plus, “Dance Monkey” hit #4 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart, making “Dance Monkey” the first top five Hot 100 hit solely written by a woman in over eight years. In Australia, “Dance Monkey” holds the all-time record for the most weeks spent at #1 on the ARIA Singles Chart, while in the UK “Dance Monkey” has made Tones And I the longest running #1 of all time by a female artist on the Official Singles Chart. The New York Times detailed the making of “Dance Monkey” in their Diary of a Song video series, speaking with Tones And I about her journey from local busker to global star.

About Tones and I 

Originally from Australia’s Mornington Peninsula, Tones And I traveled to Byron Bay in early 2018 to take a chance at busking. On the first day she had crowds spilling onto the street. Tones quit her retail job and decided to make Byron her new home where she lived out of her van for a year, honing her songwriting and busking every weekend. A year later, she had one of the biggest songs in the world with her global smash “Dance Monkey.”

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Jimmy Jam × Terry Lewis × Mariah Carey – Somewhat Loved

THE ROOT PREMIERES LYRIC VIDEO FOR JIMMY JAM & TERRY LEWIS’ NEWEST SINGLE Somewhat Loved (There You Go Breakin’ My Heart) with MARIAH CAREY, DEBUT ALBUM JAM & LEWIS VOLUME ONE PRE-ORDER NOW AVAILABLE SET FOR RELEASE JULY 9th

The Grammy-Award winning production duo recently turned artists, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis have debuted their latest single Somewhat Loved (There You Go Breakin’ My Heart) with Mariah Carey TODAY. Check out The Root’s lyric video premiere of Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis x Mariah Carey’s Somewhat Loved (There You Go Breakin’ My Heart) HERE. Experience Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis like Never Before on their Debut Album Jam & Lewis Volume One set for release July 9th. Pre-order the album HERE.

Click HERE to listen to Somewhat Loved (There You Go Breakin’ My Heart)

Click HERE to watch the Somewhat Loved (There You Go Breakin’ My Heart) lyric video

For Somewhat Loved (There You Go Breakin My Heart) Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis team up with the multi-platinum, multiple Grammy award winning, New York Times #1 Best Selling author and global superstar Mariah Carey. The track continues a long history of collaboration between the producers and Carey, which includes the Billboard Hot 100 #1 smash Thank God I Found You. Together, they deliver another anthem punctuated by Carey’s legendary soaring vocals and the pair’s inimitable musicality.

Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis have had an unprecedented career as producers, with five GRAMMY Awards, over 100 Platinum certifications, and 16 Billboard Hot 100 Number Ones. They’ve worked with legendary artists including Elton John, Lionel Richie, and Patti LaBelle, composed music for TBS and TNT networks’ NBA basketball broadcasts, as well as the theme to the opening ceremonies of the 1996 Summer Olympic Games. The duo has been inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, received an NAACP Image Award, star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame and were recently nominated for a Primetime EMMY Award in Outstanding Music Direction.

Follow Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis via their Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and TikTok.

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Lex Leosis – Wanted

Toronto-based queer alt-hip hop artist, Lex Leosis, shares the latest single and outlaw anthem, “Wanted,” along with a video. The new release is from her EP, Terracotta, which will be dropping just in time for peak summer vibes on July, 9, 2021. The now Tiktok rap battle champ is showing off her signature attitude in the “Wanted” video with her lioness hair and long, bright nails.

On the new video, Leosis says, “The Wanted video is the perfect pairing to my record. I was so excited to create a video that was as high-energy as the song! I had so much fun on set, and I’m excited to share this one with the world.” On the song itself, she says, “While in lockdown, I had been watching so many classic movies…Thelma and Louise, Heist, Catch Me If You Can. I wanted to make a song that felt like a getaway moment. Instead of making a track for a specific movie, I envisioned that this track WAS a movie. I went into this full-on vision of my best friend (Keysha Freshh) and I on the run.”

The latest track follows the debut single from the new project, the sunny, tropical-beat infused, “Won’t Wait,” which showcased a breezy, bouncy beat under Leosis’ vulnerable lyrics and she yearns for real talk and love, but not at the expense of self-worth. “Won’t Wait” and “Wanted” were produced by Rainer Blanchaer (Drake, The Weeknd, French Montana, The 1975), who is an executive producer on the EP. Having met through Leosis’ roommate, Blanchaer became a pandemic pal, and one of the only people she’s seen consistently seeing during lockdown. They’ve used their time making music together in Leosis’ bedroom studio and the result is Terracotta.

Leosis also admits, “The EP definitely had a muse. Someone I really love and has consistently inspired me. This EP details all the feelings I’ve had about them, and consequently, about myself over the last year.” A dedication to the softness that quarantine created in her, a part of herself she didn’t have time to look at before. She also had time to dig through her grandfather’s old jazz records that she loved as a kid. When he passed in 2009, the records were given to her but had been dusty until Covid made her slow down. The piano, saxophones and live drums on those records inspired the live elements on the new EP and Leosis says, “He had this foresight to leave those to me. We used to sit in his car outside our house and just listen to Jazz and I loved music as a kid.”

Between her quality time with Rainer, her grandfather’s records and her time to be with herself, she found a way to channel summer’s warmth, growth and freedom into 6 tracks. Stay tuned for more before the EP is out on July 9, 2021.

About Lex Leosis

Known for her dynamic flows, aggressive stage presence and elaborate story-telling, Lex Leosis is a name you will soon remember. With a unique gravely vocal delivery, acrobatic flows, and a mastery of her instrumentation, Lex breathes life into Hip-Hop and mesmerizes with her rapping abilities. Setting herself uniquely apart by holding space for various causes and using her platform to support other women and non-binary artists and creatives, Lex is not afraid to give props where it’s due. 

Born in the west end of Toronto, Lex Leosis has dedicated her life to her music and artistry. Juggling her hiphop career, a plant-forward cooking website and catering company, and holding down multiple jobs, Lex prides herself on hard work, discipline and survival, traits she picked up from her mother. It gave Lex the energy to perfect her craft, grow her career and exchange stories with artists from all over the world. Lex is loud, opinionated, constantly fighting for what she believes in and hungry to make something of the Leosis name. She’s got an attack in her flow, juxtaposed with a finesse in her lyricism and a hunger in her vocal tone. Her family gave her traditions, Toronto shaped her, and California helped form her sound. 

Keep your eyes on this rising star as she continues to blaze her own trail in hip hop.