Published on June 15th, 2019 | by Guest Editor0
Mxlcxlm Z’s “Z for Zodiac” Freestyle Video
On Friday, Mxlcxlm Z released a brand new video of his “Z for Zodiac” freestyle. The video features a single, no-cut take of the Denver-based rapper spitting 116 bars of fire.
“I hope it makes people want to rewind it and dissect the lyrics,” he said. “[My goal is] to move people to do their own research into their connections to religious texts/doctrine/allegories. I [want it] to spark some newfound interest in raw hip-hop/bars again by inspiring folks with the creativity and the depth of thought. “
His studies in metaphysics, the occult, and astrology heavily influence the way he views the world. Of course, those beliefs find their way into his art .
When he lost his brother Jonny and grandmother Sarah, Z fell into a major depression. “My favorite bars in the song, partly because of the double entendre but mostly because of the reality, is when I say, ‘Jonny died I tried to act like that shit didn’t bother me | I do this shit for him (hymn) like when the choir sing.’ Another of my favorites is the bar referring to mama Sarah, when I say ‘Tried coping with sobriety, performed lobotomy with an acid tab and a pile of weed,’ which means that, though I attempted to deal with my problems in a sober way, I was able to help treat my mental illnesses with LSD and cannabis.”
Because of his experience with loss, Mxlcxlm Z is thankful for the nieces and nephew he has from his sister who once thought she might not ever have children. “I speak briefly [in this song] on my upbringing, my sister dealing with miscarriages, and how she’s since been blessed with 3 kids. Dealing with depression at a young age,” he continued, “I feel like it was the Creator/God that saved me…”
This is the first no cut video the rapper has ever edited which proved to be a challenge. “Overall, though, I was able to bring to fruition the vision I saw in my head for this project and I’m very happy with it,” he said.
“I hope this video sparks some new found interest in raw hip-hop/bars again by inspiring folks with the creativity and the depth of thought. I hope it makes people want to rewind it and dissect the lyrics, catching things on listen #5 or #10 that they didn’t notice on the initial listens. I also hope a few of the bars about the Zodiac (the real ones, not the “clever” ones) inspire people to pursue their own interest into the Houses of the Zodiac and their connection to religious texts/doctrine/allegories. Finally, I hope this song gives people a small but intriguing-enough look into my life and that they realize that I truly do rhyme about what’s going on in my real life, what my heart feels, and about real situations that often don’t get talked about enough.
Watch “Z for Zodiac” below!Tweet