Today, Atlanta rap mystic Bktherula ascends to the astral plane with the release of her meditative new mixtape Nirvana. Executively produced by Digital Nas, Nirvana finds the 18-year-old talking smack and dripping poetry over abstract soundscapes. The dreamy set cements her as one of today’s most exciting young talents—a modern ATLien who can float to the heavens and open up a mosh pit, all with the power of her voice.
Bktherula is best known for wavy, genre-melding anthems like “Tweakin’ Together,” and here she continues to perfect that sound while broadening her range. Last week, she released the multi-dimensional instant gratis track “okok/depressing.”
“Ill” feels unmoored like a spaceship full of synths, while harder cuts like the glitchy “MORE” finds Bktherula spinning out into a half dozen different flows. “MIND FUCK” is a cavernous banger that could’ve come out of early-decade Chicago drill, and then there are off-kilter, gorgeous songs like “light” and “GANGO” that draw from alt-rock and hyper-pop. It’s a bright, eclectic canvas for Bktherula. Check out the full-length release below.
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