“NoirIllusions and Fijimacintosh’s “Glock Box” has a playful immediacy uncommon to such low-profile artists, but its cheeriness has an addictiveness that’s tough to deny. The track does a neat trick of giving a song about packing weapons, fucking all night, and foreign cars—rap toolkit shit—an effervescent tone. It’s executed economically, and with a shamelessness that suggests this won’t be the duo’s first visit to these pages.” – Complex
Fijimacintosh is a 16-year-old facing a world that he hopes to change. In late 2017, his “Wintertime Nights” single began as a creative experiment that since has reached nearly 50,000 plays. After more than a dozen years rapping, and recording in studios, the Canton, Ohio native finally found himself. He discarded previous monikers, removed his past online music catalog, and started fresh. Listeners gravitated towards to the melodic sounds of the artist within the Tumblr-driven Vaporwave movement. Influenced by a kitchen sink of Travis Scott, The Matrix, Neil Young, Kid ‘n Play’s Class Act, and anime binges, he says, “People need to use their imagination. Everything now is dark and black. I want color.” March 26’s Satellite Crash will land carrying all of the spectrums of a creative recluse with a story worth telling.[wpex click for full bio]
Half of his life, Fiji lived in Canton. His first cousin is gold-certified Rap star, Trippie Redd. The two grew up together. Fiji’s supportive mom and two brothers relocated from Canton to East Atlanta. Trippie followed. “He came to Georgia in 2012-2013, and he stayed with me for a year,” recalls the younger cousin. They now occupy respective lanes, but remain bound. “We support each other 100%, especially when new music drops.”
Satellite Crash is that music. The Cybersound 777/EMPIRE album is the product of a year of experimentation. “My spirit is like water,” explains the artist of a nickname he got in high school. The rapper started studying the melodies of Neil Young and Nirvana, and “swagging it out.” Soon, he was courted by producer Rex Kudo (Post Malone, Young Thug, Kehlani) and recording in L.A. With a hit-maker helping him work out his sound; the satellite took orbit. He describes the album, “It’s me crash-landing on earth, my introduction to come save the youth.” It is a kaleidoscope of moods, sounds, and vibes, often attached to vivid visuals. “Wintertime Nights’” video sways between a snowy escape and 8-bit video game mushroom trip. Single “Nocturnal Eclipse,” featuring Robb Bank$, plays with echo, harmony, and rap in a way all its own. “It’s us coming together and becoming our full forms and being honest. It’s just fun.”
The 10-track album is what the artist calls “the evolution of a melodic butterfly.” He says it with a laugh, but Fiji means what he says. He spends his time out of school in the studio, or studying music, film, other forms of daring art. “Demon Slayer” began as a freestyle. The song is simple, but empowering, bright, and charged up. “The album is me pushing the edge of culture and finding myself and going through real-life experiences and converting it into sonic movie,” he says. Songs are derived from things like car rides, twilight parties, and seeing the world.
Fiji will see more of that world on the road with Smooky MarGielaa. He will do 16 dates on The MarGielaa Madness Tour. “My show is a rage-fest,” Macintosh describes. “There is no standing, and there are no innocent bystanders. There are big, long mosh-pits.” Having performed for well over a decade, the ATL-based rapper/singer knows the stage and how to command a crowd.
Fijimacintosh transforms in real-time. Listeners are along for the ride in the choose your own sonic adventure. Satellite Crash is no accident, but the a metamorphic colorful collision.[/wpex]
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