D.C. emcee Ras Nebyu has just unveiled his third mixtape, the highly-anticipated Slizzatrism. A nod to the Ethiopian-American rapper’s collective known as the Washington Slizzards, the mixtape’s name reflects “the art of finessing good energy to work in one’s favor via pure intent, meditation and the acknowledgement of the ancestors,” according to Nebyu.
A trip to West Africa last summer inspired Nebyu to take a new direction with his sound, leading to the dynamic tracks found on his latest release. The record was recorded in Temple Hills, MD at Alladat studios, produced by longtime friend and partner the Arckitech. Slizzatrism also features vocalists like Haile Supreme and Corbin Butler along with guest production from Butler, Ibrahim Keita and Phil Oli.
Slizzatrism runs at 13 tracks and packs a wide range of styles and flavors into its runtime. Nebyu’s unique melodic rapping paired with the Arckitech’s laid-back production brings the listener to a peaceful, introspective place.
The mixtape combines hip-hop, soul and reggae/dancehall to create a truly unique sound, while Nebyu’s lyrics touch on personal themes like love, the importance of family, religion and life in D.C. Throughout the record, his style varies considerably but manages to find a cohesive home on Slizzatrism.
On the heels of Slizzatrism, Nebyu hopes to release new music videos and shows leading up to the third annual “Holy Slizzatrism” holiday party, hosted each December. The mixtape is a promising delivery from one of D.C.’s best up-and-coming artists — listen to the full release below.