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Professor Lexis is the real deal. This young British rapper has spent the past year travelling, writing and recording. The result is this stunning debut album Lexicology, featuring superb vocals and quality production values sure to garner attention. The Tasty Turntable is excited to present these five quick questions from this fantastic new discovery:
What music are you listening to these days?
In 2020, I’m more into UK rap than I’ve ever been, and there are some artists that I’ve been bumping non-stop this year. My favourites at the moment include SHOTTY HORROH, Jam Baxter, Skittles and Dabbla. These UK rappers really keep the essence of the UK scene flowing through their lyrics, while providing huge variation within the scene. Skittles’ album ‘Poor on Purpose’ really speaks volumes about life in the UK, and is relatable to a lot of listeners, whereas Baxter spins poetic stories and images with no difficulty, and in my opinion, his abstract content is a huge asset to UK rap in 2020.
Do you have a favourite playlist?
The playlist I’ve had on repeat recently is High Focus’ ‘High Focus Classics’ playlist, as it’s a welcome throwback to some of the legendary lyrical content that has emerged from the UK label in the past. High Focus have served as an inspiration to me lyrically, technically and stylistically, so these songs are always welcome on my daily rotation.
What excites you about your new release?
I think what excites me the most about this release is that it’s the first studio quality music I’ve put out. This means I’m really comfortable and excited when sharing my music with journalists, radio stations and playlist curators, as I can be assured that in terms of production, it’s the best I have access to. It’s also very exciting to simply have the facilities to get my music across to more people on these major online platforms and streaming services.
What else would you like people to know about you and your music?
I began constructing lyrical projects when I was five years old, and became very interested in the world of poetry. I used to love creating short poems that told a story, until I realised that if I sped up the delivery of these poems, they seemed to transform into rap lyrics. I began recording my rap music properly at the age of 15, and put out my first 2 track demo, titled ‘Half Baked’. During my high school years I used to love battle raps in the school courtyard, and the large hip hop scene in my town helped breathe into me a real interest and passion in the genre. Due to having some serious problems living in the UK, I took off to Australia after finishing compulsory education, where my rapping passion grew a lot while working in a surf camp in Gerroa, performing my raps to the campers multiple times. Long story short, I met my girlfriend there and ended up settling down in Switzerland, where I was able to secure studio time, and eventually release ‘Lexicology’ on January 17th 2020. I try to incorporate an eclectic blend of styles into my music, as is evident on the album, and a lot of the lyrics come from a very sentimental place. For example, my new album’s opening track ‘Castle Walls’ speaks about the problems I and a lot of others in my area have faced regarding drug addiction, and does so in quite a somber tone, whereas ‘Watch Me’ was engineered more as a track to get people hyped, hence the strong focus on double-time and relentlessly fast verses. The whole album was a lot of fun to write and record, and the influence of my producer both stylistically, and from an administrative point of view, was an excellent asset to the tracks.
Where can people hear you?
Right now, the main platforms where you can stream my new album are Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon, iTunes, Google Music, and YouTube. A quick search for ‘Professor Lexis - Lexicology’, should pull the album straight up!
Stream Lexicology on Spotify here:
Download Lexicology on iTunes here: https://music.apple.com/gb/album/lexicology/1492012878
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