Hailing from the Bronx but based in LA, ExXxoticc writes and records music that she describes as “the killer of the elephant in the room” – big, bold and boundary-breaking, her tracks brim with vitality and aggression.
Opening her latest single with a plea to God, ExXxoticc captures her struggles in sound with a dark and dirty banger that stands out as one of 2019’s heaviest releases. Built on a snarling trap beat and a menacing piano riff that backs up her potent lyricism, ‘Die’ is living proof that ExXxoticc smacks harder than anyone else in the rap game. Delivering ice-cold bars effortlessly on every verse, she builds anticipation for a chorus that offers up a message of strength and survival for everyone to hear: “you tryin’ to kill me, I’ll never die.”
We recently caught up with ExXxoticc about her latest project, her NYC roots and how life is treating her in LA. Check out the full interview below:
1. Hi ExXxoticc, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
I’ve been great! Thank you for having me. I’m pleased to be speaking with you!
2. Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Die”?
‘Die’ is a powerhouse song about survival and overcoming life’s obstacles and struggles that come in ways to break your soul. It’s about using your spirit, mental and physical strengths, and emotional will to keep striving.
3. Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?
My journey on the road to success; doors getting slammed in my face, team members leaving because they had no faith in me or my art, & high power industry figures in the game using their position to manipulate.
4. How was the recording and writing process?
Honestly, the writing part was very painful and sometimes helped me deal with some inner anger. This was because simply going back to thoughts of my struggles, and conflicts that halted me from doing what I love to do, was a hard thing to re-live. Recording on the other hand was very therapeutic, because it released all of my emotions and pain left all on the track.
5. What role does your hometown of The Bronx play in your music?
Being from NYC itself plays a big part in my music because it’s a huge part of who I am, what I represent and how the world sees me.
6. You now live in LA – what’s the scene like over there at the moment?
Very pop and rock focused, with some rap shows here and there. The LA scene haven’t really got to know me yet, but they do love to turn up! In NYC it’s a different pace; in LA life is a lot slower than the on-the-go flow of New York.
7. What do you like about the music scene in the UK?
The grime rappers are extremely talented, I see a lot of my energy in them so it’s easy for me to connect with that genre and lifestyle.
8. What are your plans for summer?
Stay busy, create more music & rock the stage a lot more!
9. What else is happening in ExXxoticc’s world?
My music is my main focus at this point so basically a lot of turning up and causing havoc!