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Release Radar: Xeno - “Side Effects”

Xeno is from West Palm Beach, Florida. He’s a 18 year old artist who has been making music for three years. Xeno produces, writes and engineers most of his own music. Let’s check in to his latest track “Side Effects”.

I am blown away by the piano melody that opens the track. Then the 808 drops and you are immediately drawn into the production. His rap flow is diverse; he can rap fast and then slow it down and make it melodic. It reminds me of a lyrical hip-hop track. You can tell he’s got a story he is telling and there’s aggression in the choice of rapping but the tempo and production work smooths it out and makes it a vibe. Young hearted but his sound is mature and refined. The choice of artwork speaks volumes without even speaking. It’s so simple yet so strong and powerful. Curious to know the story behind it and the true meaning behind this really sick track.

Listen to "Side Effects" by "Xeno" here.

Care to introduce yourself to our readers?

My name is Xeno.

Can you give us a brief history of your musical career?

My father and brother have always been into creating music and they always kept me around, it was bound to rub off on me but I thought I didn’t have what it takes then suddenly one day it hit me around 3 years ago and never let up since.

How did you come up with your name? Is there a meaning behind it?

Xeno stems from the Greek word Xenos which means strange which was perfect because when I enter the public eye I’ll be like nothing they’ve ever seen.

Do you write your own music? Can you tell us a bit about your writing style?

I produce and engineer most of my tracks , I write every word. I like to exercise lyricism while making sure the message is still coherent. Making sure my punchlines hit hard. It’s almost like a sport and trust that I’m planning to win every time.

We’re really into your new song Side Effects! Can you tell us a bit about it?

Side effects is speaking about all the side effects of a G, I mean in the presence of one you can walk into a club with like three girls who are obsessed with you and leave with none, it’s like that sometimes.

Where did the inspiration behind the song come from?

The song comes from all the haters and the people who watch with envy that don’t want to see your success, this song shows my hunger and that I’m not stopping until I get what’s mine. These are all side effects of a G.

Any upcoming shows? For someone who hasn’t seen you live yet, how would you describe your performance?

I’m definitely planning to perform soon there are none lines up at the moment but I can assure you that very soon the world will hear about it. The energy I bring is unmatched, I have to live up to Xeno so I’m definitely putting on a show like you've never seen.

What’s next for you?

Next I plan to work, never become complacent, and always remain humble, but I promise I’m going to make some noise! I’m working on building my following now.


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