Vikki SOTA – Genesis

If you’ve been hearing about Vikki Sota lately, you’re not alone. The rapper’s last single “Run up my Bands” got a lot of critics talking – in the best way possible – and with his new EP Genesis on the near horizon, it’s no wonder why onlookers are getting as excited as they are. Blending influences from the OG generation of rappers who produced everything from G-funk to the prerequisite trap beats we enjoy on the FM dial today, Sota’s sound has a lot of roots in the old school, but he’s not tethering his artistry to the likes of throwback players who are more than content to live and record like it’s 1995.

The Genesis EP is set to culminate and solidify a lot of the buzz this artist has been receiving since dropping his first single, and although it can be said that there’s not enough we know about him to determine his shelf life in pop music, what is known is that he’s got a skillset to shut down some of the biggest names in the mainstream right now; and his trending singles prove as much.

The most critically provocative element that I discovered when breaking down Sota’s single “Swimming” was its compositional fearlessness, especially as it compares to the other content critics have been hyping up in the past two years of pandemic-era pop. There’s no push-back against the trap rhythm much as the melodic componentry isn’t made to be pressurized, which alone sets the stylistic foundations of the song well apart from what similar releases have been sporting in recent times.

If this is just the model for what we’re going to be hearing throughout the new EP this rapper is planning, I have a feeling that his visibility in the underground and beyond is going to go through the roof. Given his ability to frame hooks with his verses as much as most would a simple beat, it’s easy to see him cutting a lot of inventive material quicker than his rivals will be able to keep up, but I think he’d be wise to move at his own pace when it comes to recording anything as ambitious as a full-length studio album.

If this is just the model for what we’re going to be hearing throughout the new EP this rapper is planning, I have a feeling that his visibility in the underground and beyond is going to go through the roof. Given his ability to frame hooks with his verses as much as most would a simple beat, it’s easy to see him cutting a lot of inventive material quicker than his rivals will be able to keep up, but I think he’d be wise to move at his own pace when it comes to recording anything as ambitious as a full-length studio album.

Vikki Sota is admittedly a little cautious with his grooves, but it’s largely because he’s as true an MC as Gen Z can hope to listen to out of his scene right now. His music video for “Running up my Bands” got a lot of critics on his side, and but even with all of the talk he’s generating, he isn’t translating as arrogant in any of the interviews he’s given nor the new material he’s teased us with. The live shows will be telling of how far he’s going to go in the long run, but right now I think that the lab work he’s doing in the studio is essential to his becoming everything he can be and more. Genesis will be a can’t-miss release, and other rap fans are certain to share my sentiments.

Check out the official website for Vikki Sota by clicking here. Also check him out on these social networks: Facebook, Instagram, Tik Tok & Twitter.

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