by The Alchemist
I’ll Explain Later is a sentiment that Nico has fully embodied on his quest to design the world in which he wants to live in, all while undoing the negativity around him. This state of mind is fittingly the name of Nico’s forthcoming album. A year and a half in the making, Nico allowed himself time, space and clarity to write I’ll Explain Later, with the intent and fervor he required.
Raised in Prince George’s County, MD, directly adjacent to Washington, DC, Nico was a witness to the unsightly truths of the economically weakened communities. With many people never expecting to ever find a way out, Nico refused to be complacent and watch the people in his city live a life absent of hope. At age 16, Nico made a commitment to use his talent for poignant writing, in conjunction with the musical brilliance the DMV-area is known for, to go find hope and opportunities to bring back to the communities that shaped him into the man he is today.
Nico’s time in Brooklyn, NY from 2015-2019, studying and pursuing music helped him shape a sound that completely encompasses east coast rap and soul. In a genre heavily sedated with mindless antics and distressing messages, Nico’s goal is to bring soulful, enfranchised hip hop to everyone that seeks a soundtrack to the ebb and flows of life.
He has recently dropped a video titled, “Look Up” which is the first single off his upcoming EP, I’ll Explain Later. The energy in his lyrics is what stands out to us most, as you can hear the passion in every verse. The beat has a lively feel to it, but leaves a lot of room for this phenomenal lyricism to stick out. The video was directed and produced by Best Case Scenario, and shot by kareemwashere. Check out the video below.
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Queer duo Witch Weather discuss new album and the influence of the DMV on their sound.
Philadelphia-based queer punks Witch Weather have a message for anyone who feels hopeless and worthless: you are not alone. With an irresistible sound that draws from 80’s goth and lo-fi grunge, the indie duo wears their heart on their sleeve, giving voice to complex emotions that many would opt to suppress in the recesses of their minds.
Join Alchemical Records as they connect with Witch Weather to discuss the band’s new self-titled album, their search for a sense of belonging as members of the queer community, the important element that keeps the duo’s creative bond strong, and the influence of the DMV on their sound.