If you're as averse to college and/or ill-prepared for pretty much everything as I am, July most likely crept up on you like a twelve year-old in a Power Rangers suit on Halloween.
Okay, the simile was wack. But, nonetheless, the sweet scent of summer is upon us. Yay. Diligent seniors will be graduated from their respective priso-...er, academic institutes, artists are eagerly anticipating the release of projects, and everyone else is waiting for somebody to throw a cookout.
This week's featured artist is two for three. Recently decorated with a BA at the University of Maryland's Phillip Merrill College of Journalism, artist and emcee Havana Seoul has made a name for herself, both visually and musically.
So, I figured we bless the homies tapped in to TYFNS an hors d'oeuvre of sorts. Just a taste test as I recall her latest Nagasaki Nuke remix featuring the likes of Jay IDK and Joey Green.
Born Alexis Jenkins, Havana Seoul has always been on the run; either towards something new or back to familiar places and aesthetics, drawing upon her Cuban and Korean roots while situating her experiences within the scope of the post-hip hop black experience.
Now, Seoul has been rapping since her days playing varsity basketball in high school but she's still the last person to admit having found her sound. And Seoul is at ease with this, being indefinable and fluid; almost reveling in her willingness to experiment and delve into different mediums. Havana Seoul has bars, sure. But Alexis Jenkins is a force of pure artistic ADD.
A talented cinematographer, graphic designer, tastemaker, and reporter, this rap shit almost seems like a side note. Wherever Hip Hop is scores her exhaustive list of interests and aspirations, it is safe to say that Havana Seoul's upcoming summer EP will be a cool glass of water for what has proven a pretty scorching summer.
Seoul would serve a much needed catalyst for the area's rap circuit: a confident, stylish woman emcee speaking on real experiences that can be appreciated on multiple levels from people of various cultures, creeds, and gender binaries. Too bad she's packing her bags for New York as we speak...er...as I write?