Msanii. Get used to saying that name, because you will be hearing it a lot soon enough. The Maryland rapper, whose name aptly means “Artist” in Swahili, has seemingly come out of nowhere and is climbing the ranks of the DMV underground like a hungry prize fighter. With a blazing performance at this year’s Epic Fest V in Richmond, Virginia, where he brought the house down, this rise is just beginning.
One jewel in his set, Loko, commanded the crowd with a passion and stage presence that not many performers possess. The Razcal Life-produced track is like stepping into an epic battle within the 13 Chambers of Wu and RZA is the final boss battle. While Msanii attacks with a lyrical prowess that would make Meth shy away. Take a listen to Loko here and check out his Soundcloud.