Towards the end of 2020, the eccentric, Buffalo-buzzing artist formerly known as Hitch Burney changed his name to Hosanna. Making drastic changes, not only to his name but his image, the rising rapper cut off his signature dreadlocks, changed up his popular androgynous style, and simmered down on his social media presence.
“I haven’t seen myself without dreads in my face since 2010, so I felt disconnected from my spirit in a certain way…so I’m just trying to get back to my little boy,” Hosanna mentioned.
Eager to develop a new level of spiritual awareness, his name Hosanna, which means “praise” is part of his transformation of forming a deeper connection to himself and the world. While speaking with him back in April, the genre-bending emcee talked about discovering both his ancestral and religious roots. He often referred to the bible during our conversation and the importance of living his truth. In the process of embracing his new identity, he used music to release his emotions. Whether it was screaming, or finding obscure sounds to create, Hosanna has taken on an interesting musical path that fondles with the boundaries of hip-hop.
“Hip-Hop is something that I love so much because I didn’t even care to learn the world this deep until I started rapping,” he explained.
Hosanna’s first effort since his switch up is Rising Sun, which dropped this past April sets a strong sonic groundwork. The project which intro’s itself with an ominous, yet minimal thundering of drums and bass magnifies Hosanna’s eerie mystique. Songs like “CHARM3R,” “EARLINE” and “DARK3ST PUR3ST LOV3” all showcase the imaginative and audacious soundscapes the rising artist moves on comfortably. On the other hand, the eccentric rapper balances out the handful of striking organs, blazing synths, and fiery croons on Rising Sun with radio-ready records that could easily be in rotation – checkout tracks “Hennessy,” “ISIS” and “I LUV.”
Dropping another project just last month exclusively on SoundCloud titled King Of The Damned (KOTD) finds Hosanna leaning more into his sweet spot. Still experimenting with eclectic sounds against modern hip-hop elements, the creative artist manages to connect them in an appealing way. Songs like “HUNNITS,” “BREACH MODE,” and “MORE THAN ENUF,” are near-perfect integrations of hit-worthy songs laced with Hosanna’s otherworldly sensibilities. Always challenging himself, tracks like the Afrobeat-Esque “FLEX ON ME,” and the infectious triplet flow on “King QUANN,” changes up the dynamics of the project with dance-able records as well. It’s also important to mention, producer team CBSM (College Boii + Sxreammaker) contributions to KOTD make a difference. Producing almost every track on this project, the duo impressively anchors the creative emcee with a sonic pulse that feels both relevant and unique.
Clearly, a major turning point for Hosanna, this year has given the rising artist’s fans and new listeners an interesting look into what we can expect from the dynamic emcee.
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