Published Sep 04, 2015Wasiu's words flow like water on his new EP, MTLiens, while a blend of classic boom-bap and electronic production kicks at the back. "Outer Space" opens up the EP with appropriately space-y synth blips and a pounding electronic kick drum. A sense of urgency permeates Wasiu's entire project, like he wants you to hear him whether you like it or not. But despite the darkness here, moments of optimistic reflection take front stage at times, too.
While MTLiens references OutKast's ATLiens, Wasiu is its own unique world, one mixed and layered with Montreal's cultural diversity. "This Ain't Toronto," the second track, establishes that shit is hot up in Montreal too, and closer "COSMOS" is an electric reminder that Wasiu is up next, before it slows and then, abruptly, halts. The Haitian-Nigerian Canadian rapper is strategically carving a space for himself in the hip-hop scene, showing his listeners exactly who he is, and it's emphatic. (Independent)