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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.

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Big Bratt – Paid in Full

Today, Cinematic Music Group’s up-and-coming rapper Big Bratt delivers brand new music video for “Paid in Full.” Built on a massively heavy beat, the track spotlights the 17-year-old rapper’s larger-than-life presence and tremendous lyrical talents. The song comes alongside a gritty and cinematic visual, which pays homage to the original 2002 film of the same name. “Paid In Full” is available now at all digital retailers, listen HERE.

Recently recognized by DJ BOOTH as one of “10 rappers you should know right now”, Bratt flawlessly raps in “Paid In Full” with unstoppable confidence and charisma oozing from every bar. Naming Lil Baby among her main influences, the Chattanooga-bred rapper first showed her supreme skills on her official debut single Rich Rollxn—a 2020 release that reflects on the then-recent death of her godbrother.

“My songs are talking about life, struggles, losing friends, females, boys, growing up in the neighborhood I grew up in—anything that comes to mind,” says Bratt. “When I’m in my zone, I’m gonna make it into something good.”

About Big Bratt:

Raised on Southern hip-hop legends like Boosie, 8Ball, and MJG, Bratt stepped into the studio for the first time as a little girl. During her high school years, she learned how to make beats and started sharing her remixes on social media, and soon began putting her fierce work ethic to the test. “Before I got my vehicle I was always catching the bus or getting an Uber to Nashville… three hours away,” says Bratt. “It was hard but I didn’t care what it took; I just knew I needed to get to the studio.”

Now at work on her debut project, Bratt has teamed up with producers like Bankroll Got It (Stunna 4 Vegas, Smokepurpp, Lil Pump) to further develop her sound. “The whole goal of this project is to be motivational,” she says. “I want all the females my age to know they deserve more, but they can’t be lazy or depend on anybody else to make it happen. It’s time [for them] to go get it on their own.”

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Li Heat is Heating Up

By Hannah DiPilato

Breakout rapper Li Heat just dropped a new single featuring Big Yavo called “Titi.” With a funky beat and rhythmic bars, this is a song to add to your hip-hop playlist. 

Originally from Birmingham, AL, Li Heat is an up and coming viral rap phenomenon prepared to take over the industry’s new hip-hop wave. Heat knew he wanted to do something out of the ordinary from a young age. Growing up in Birmingham, he began accumulating mild offenses until he was put on house arrest freshman year of high school. After his mischievous younger years he attended boot camp and eventually graduated high school which led to a mundane job at Church’s Chicken. He knew he wanted more than this and began his journey of becoming a rapper. 

Heat took note of rappers around him and how successful they were able to become by doing something they loved. He too wanted to be financially stable simply by creating pieces of music he was proud of. Heat’s inspirations include NoCap, Rylo Rodriguez, Tee Grizzley, Luh Soldier, and Lil Baby which shows through in his music. By incorporating the same kinds of lyrics and beats as these rappers, the influence of current-day popular rap shines through. However, he adds enough of his own style to stay bold in the world of rap and is able to stand out among many other breakthrough artists. The sound of his music is recognizable and will draw people in, but unique enough to keep listeners engaged. 

Heat began recording music in December 2019 and slowly learned the ways of the studio. His most notable track “007” was released to Spotify on May 27, 2020. This song was an instant viral success and now with over 3 million views on youtube is his biggest single to date. The “rambunctious, trap-flavored, warm tune” brought fame and success to the young rapper. Because of the song’s simple, yet catchy set up, thousands of people became fans of Heat and he now has over 30,000 monthly listeners on Spotify. Popular rappers Young Thug and Gucci Mane also became fans and Heat has since collaborated with them both. 

Li Heat’s style is catchy, steady, and will instantly draw in music listeners everywhere. Heat is excited to be working on finishing his debut project, which will exhibit his growth as an artist. The Alabama-bred rapper is on the verge of becoming a hip-hop sensation after only being present in the music industry for not even a year. 

Listen to Heat’s new single “Titi” and watch the music video here. Catch up with him on Instagram to see all of his upcoming projects. 

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ANNA × Rich The Kid

After drumming up buzz around the globe, 16-year-old Italian rap phenomenon ANNA drops the official remix of her breakout banger “Bando” feat. Rich The Kid.

As ANNA flexes her impressive wordplay and deft rhymes over a house-style beat, Rich The Kid pops off with the perfect counterpoint on his cameo. Together, they lock into an unbreakable flow as they level up this unpredictable and undeniable anthem. Be on the lookout for the music video soon.

Between the original and remixes, “Bando” has already posted up nearly 45 million total streams and counting and 16 million cumulative YouTube views. ANNA is the youngest Italian artist to have reached #1 in the Italian singles chart and has collaborated with the hottest names in the Italian rap scene including Dark Polo Gang , Ghali, Mambolosco, and Boro Boro.

Stay tuned for a lot more from ANNA very soon, but for now, stream “Bando” here and follow ANNA on Instagram here.