I often talk about how the rise of lofi has improved the rap game. It brings that old-school-cool sound back that you would hear with the cratediggers of the 80s and 90s. Xavieon does just that! The Georgia-raised MC pulls inspiration from Mos Def, MF Doom, A Tribe Called Quest, Curren$y, Schoolboy Q, and even Isaiah Rashad. On his newest and first EP “Live in Peace”, Xavieon showcases the gritty hip-hop side of his music while also keeping a balance of funk and melody. It’s a very chilled out vibe and sound that really gets your head bobbing to the beat.
The EP itself is pretty short and simple, only five tracks coming in at just under 8 minutes. However, that doesn’t mean that Xavieon drops the ball. Instead, he paints a picture with his smooth lyrics and witty metaphors. It’s clear what this dude listens to in his free time because all I hear is a late 90s vibe. I really just wish the tracks were longer. He seemed like he was after the whole “spit one hard verse then dip” but I think he would really benefit on a lot of these songs with a hook. 90s hip-hop heads will enjoy this “preview” of what Xavieon has to offer, and while I love the vibe he puts off, I hope his next project is a bit longer so we get even more witty metaphors about Kyle Lowry and Tony Stark.
Stream Live in Peace here: