Influenced by the likes Kanye West, Pharrell Williams, the late great Nate Dogg and more, Los Angeles multi-talent Blxst has made a name for himself patenting his sonically layered Hip Hop bops and as of today, he is forever a HipHopDX Rising Star 2021!
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Notable Co-Signs: Ty Dolla $ign, Dom Kennedy, Eric Bellinger
Notable Projects To Date: No Love Lost (2020)
Accolades To Date: No Love Lost album debuted at No. 14 on Billboard Heatseekers Albums Chart, No. 8 on iTunes Top Albums for Hip-Hop/Rap; 2.5 Million monthly listeners on Spotify; Signed to Red Bull Records In 2020
[This post has been updated. The following was originally published on February 3, 2021] Read updates below.
Hip Hop and R&B music stemming from California is typical renown for emoting feelings of the year-long sun on your face — and even hotter living conditions. Consider Blxst’s sound the fully evolved vessel of what a next-gen Golden State artist can bless the space with. His beats are peppered with buoyant keys and groove-laden baselines that do the Hip Hop, R&B and funk lineage of his city a proper honoring.
Much like any post-Drake explosion artist worth their studio gold, his bars are drenched in manicured harmony but his bouncy 2019 single “Hurt” undoubtedly displays his rapping capabilities.
On the flip side, his vibrant update of 90s singer Donnell Jones’ single “This Way” to transform into his signature “Overrated” displays an R&B genius who can speak to a multitude of audiences.
Rising Star Power
Boasting healthy “WYD?” text-inducing singles such as “BRAND NEW” (led by Bino Redeaux), “Slip & Slide” and “Be Alone,” Blxst has established himself as “The Prince Of The Pull-Up Anthem” at the onset of his career. On the aforementioned “Be Alone,” he pierces lovelorn emotions with lyrics like “I been on the late-night, making sure your plate right/You be paranoid hearing sirens again/I been tryna make time/I been moving statewide/Hope I’m on the safe side, flying in the wind,” giving both sides of the relationship spectrum an honest lens. His brilliant duet with L.A. rapper 1TakeJay “Slip & Slide” also builds on that “BRAND NEW” energy, giving quarantine relationships the casual vibes they deserve.
Yet, being from L.A. all but guarantees he knows how to rock a party — and be the coolest guy in it! The Dom Kennedy-featured “Got It All” swings with infectious palm tree flavor. Whether he’s donning his wide array of trucker hats with the folded brim, free-flowing braids or stunna shades, his swag never acts as a sacrificial lamb for the quality of the music, the makings of a true Rising Star.
HipHopDX will closely chronicle Blxst’s tracks and triumphs alike this year as he preps his next full-length album. Congratulations on “The Prince Of The Pull-Up Anthem” for being a 2021 Rising Star!
BLXST’S ACCOMPLISHMENTS SO FAR
- Considered for 2021 XXL Freshman Class list
- Blxst breaks down “Overrated” in Genius interview
- Releases Amazon Original “Forever Humble” animated music video
- Dropped anticipated music video for “Don’t Forget” with Drakeo The Ruler
- ‘No Love Lost’ album gains over 200 Million streams
- Sells out first-ever headlined tour in first week
- Drops hilarious music video for “Movie” featuring Bino Rideaux
- Performs Rolling Loud Miami