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Over the span of 2 years, Canadian hip hop artist X-Plycit, has done over 140 live shows, and opened up for Caine TL, Snak The Ripper, Evil Ebenezer, Doom Squad, Robbie G, Split Vizion, and more! Today’s “Mixtape Monday” features Underrated, X-Plycit’s album. She states that this album was a huge personal journey for her, as she found her voice and herself. You can check out her album and music on all digital music outlets (Soundcloud, Spotify, Apple Music, etc). Overall, I rate Underrated a 4 out of 5 stars. I appreciate X-Plycit’s trueness and integrity that she has for her unique style and sound. My only critique would be to keep developing that sound more professionally as she progresses in the underground scenes and industry. Scroll down to see my review and a list of X-Plycit’s upcoming show!
Track 1: Restless Streets – Feat. Dev The Follower & RK (Produced by Nookie Beats)
I really dig the beat and production for this track. There seems to be a cool blend of rock and hip hop on styles, especially on the hook. X-Plycit showcases her own style, and passion to hustle and keep working towards her goals.
Track 2: Don’t Drag Me Down (Produced by KTC)
I dig the old school “boom bap” sound in the instrumental, and the hook is easy to vibe to. The message is positive, with X-Plycit diving passionately into her journey as a music artist. She highlights personal issues and how she battles staying focused through the stress and haters. Even if I might not be “used to” her deep raspy flow, I can see that her verses is where she shines on this track. She reminds me of Tech Nine’s and Hospin’s sinister styles, but with a feminine energy, and her own raw message.
Track 3: Collide – Feat. JPimpin (Produced by Nookie Beats)
Another great beat choice and production. It has a darker hip hop feel and flows like a cypher. X-Plycit adds to the theatrics of this song with her own “weather update audio.” I think her and JPimpin flow well together on this track.
Track 4: Underrated – Feat. King Tha Caper (Produced by Kase Beatz)
This is a fire track hands down! The beat is so heavy and grimy; X-Plycit and King The Casper do a “call and response” type of flow together on the hook, which I think is hella creative. X-Plycit remains consistent with her raw style and passion. King The Caper’s feature is hella dope, definitely see the Tech Nine and Eminem influence for both artists.
Track 5: Skull & Bones – Feat Bigg Ceaser (Produced by Bigg Ceaser)
X-Plycit really knows how to pick beats that fit her style! This track has a more psychedelic type of feel with deep bass, similar to Bone Thugz. Like the other collabs on this album, the two artists flow well together, especially on the hook. X-Plycit can definitely spit, wordplay must look and sound great at her live shows!
Track 6: The Battle (Produced by Nookie Beats)
This track sounds like a poem written from a very dark place for X-Plycit. Using the metaphor of a “battle,” she fights her own demons and basically shares her personal struggles and how she “can’t give in.”
Track 7: We on the Grind – Feat Fortunato (Produced by Nookie Beats)
This is my personal favorite from Underrated. Fortunato opens up the track with his own smooth flow, and then transitions into X-Plycit on the hook. The topic of this song is basically the aspirational dreams she has as a music artist, while battling staying true through the journey of it all. X-Plycit’s raw style is a great contrast from Fortunato’s more laid back flow.
X-Plycit’s Upcoming shows:
Oct. 11th - Opening for Prada West in Hamilton’s Hess Village at Blu
Oct. 15th - Opening for Prada West in Toronto at Nocturne
Oct. 26th - Opening for Lil Debbie and Raven Felix at Reflections in Halifax
Nov. 25th - Performing at Rappin Gifts for Christmas Daddies on Cape Breton Island.
(It is put on by Loyalty Entertainment Group, all the profits go towards giving Christmas to families in need, and 50% of all artist merchandise sales at the show will go to the charity.)
Wize Up Entertainment (Toronta, Canada)
X-Plycit is sponsored by Wize Up Entertainment, based in Toronto. WizeUp is a record label and clothing brand focused on art, music, and entrepreneurship. X-Plycit will be a brand ambassador for WizeUp, wearing their clothing and other branded items during shows and other promotions.
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So it's my birthday month and I'm excited to turn 26! Shouts out all the Virgos out here!! (& it's all good if you're not into that but let me live. Lol.) Honestly I just wanted to take a minute and reflect on this past year of my life. Since my college graduation last December, I feel like stuff has been going nonstop..from music to work to building a business and still trying to have a solid home and family life; it can get overwhelming. My girlfriend and I had a good time during our month in the Philippines this past summer, but still it didn't seem long enough. My family and I also went to Molokai for a weekend getaway in July, which was great...but again, not long enough.
So I'm sitting here on my laptop at midnight constantly asking myself, "What's my purpose in life?"
As a recent college grad and young woman in my 20s, I always get asked "So what are you trying to do?"
Well in public, my answer depends on who asks. But since we're getting real intimate right now, Ima tell you..
The truth is - I want to do all I can for as long as I can.
As a marketing major and avid-podcast-watcher and even as a rapper, I'm taught to find a niche and style and stick to it. I totally get that. But I'm also understanding that I'm human and that I want to continuously grow and change, along with my goals and desires. Not to be cliche, but the core of me is in my lyrics and music and I believe that part of me is a huge vessel to reach others. I definitely see myself having a career in music and that part is hella important to me, but I also see myself in a lot of different career paths too, you feel me?
So honestly, I don't need much to stay motivated towards all my goals because of the satisfaction and passion that I feel when I do what allows me to grow - whether it be in music, marketing, media, entertainment, motivational speaking, etc ('cause honestly the list goes on). I hope you all seek and find your purpose and that you at least give it a try...CHEE!!
Im gonna be posting more of these "Thursday Thoughts" with me just babbling or venting. Lol. Let me know what yall think.
Here's a track for some tonight's vibes -
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