Rus­si­an-Itali­an hip-hop artist FKA 059 had teamed up with pro­du­cer Mar­cus Basqui­at for his brand new EP, ‘21′. It serves as a fol­low-up for ‘Lucky Strike’, a col­lab­or­at­ive pro­ject with Doc. Gold Grill and Nimen.

The con­tent of ‘21’ was drawn from some of his darkest times. For FKA, this pro­ject expresses ‘my pain, all the frus­tra­tion that I had deep inside me, and what it feels like to feel hatred towards you’. Draw­ing inspir­a­tion from the like of Yung Lean and Bladee, the EP pairs Basquiat’s eer­ie beats with FKA’s bru­tally hon­est lyr­i­cism. He raps and sings com­pletely in Itali­an, hav­ing moved to Ita­ly from Rus­sia as a child.

FKA 059 is no stranger to the online hip-hop com­munity. Start­ing from the age of 18, he oper­ated under the ali­as ‘o k h o’ as a lofi beat pro­du­cer, drop­ping over 30 pro­jects along the way. He has since received over 38 mil­lion streams on Spo­ti­fy alone, hav­ing been fea­tured in their ‘Lofi Hip Hop’ playl­ist. He now moves on as FKA 059, shift­ing his focus from beat mak­ing to rap­ping and singing.

‘21’ is out now on Spo­ti­fy, Sound­cloud and more.

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Rishma Dhaliwal

Rishma Dhaliwal

Edit­or / PR Con­sult­ant at No Bounds
Rish­ma Dhali­wal has extens­ive exper­i­ence study­ing and work­ing in the music and media industry. Hav­ing writ­ten a thes­is on how Hip Hop acts as a social move­ment, she has spent years research­ing and con­nect­ing with artists who use the art form as a tool for bring­ing a voice to the voice­less. Cur­rently work­ing in TV, Rish­ma brings her PR and media know­ledge to I am Hip Hop and oth­er pro­jects by No Bounds.

About Rishma Dhaliwal

Rishma Dhaliwal
Rishma Dhaliwal has extensive experience studying and working in the music and media industry. Having written a thesis on how Hip Hop acts as a social movement, she has spent years researching and connecting with artists who use the art form as a tool for bringing a voice to the voiceless. Currently working in TV, Rishma brings her PR and media knowledge to I am Hip Hop and other projects by No Bounds.