Boslen Unleashes Boundary-Pushing Ep Gonzo


Boslen Unleashes Boundary-Pushing Ep Gonzo

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Watch The Video For Standout Track “Gone” Here

Boslen Unleashes Boundary-Pushing Ep Gonzo

Today, alternative-hip-hop provocateur Boslen returns with the introspective genre-blurring GONZO, EP out now via Chaos Club Digital/Capitol Records. Listen HERE. The first taste of the eclectic, inventive project was February’s flex-filled single “LEVELS,” followed by the hypnotic, Y2K-produced “FALLEN STAR” in April. Now, Boslen takes us deeper into his world and swerves between even more visionary sounds on GONZO. The record also arrives alongside a cinematic, emotional new video for “GONE,” one of its standout tracks. Filmed in his hometown of Vancouver, BC, the self-reflecting Talha Pervaiz directed, and Natasha Dion executive produced video is a testament to Boslen’s artistry. Watch it HERE.

“I’m inspired by the artist Salvador Dalí. He would hold a fork in his hand and every time he fell asleep, he would drop the fork and wake up and immediately draw on a canvas in front of him. I thought it’s crazy that he’d push himself that far to create,” says Boslen. “That’s how I came up with the world of GONZO of how delusional you have to be for your art. You have to have delusional confidence to believe in yourself.”

The Vancouver-bred artist flexes his versatility across the project’s seven tracks. Anthemic production in the aptly titled “MANIC,” including soul-shaking 808s, is balanced by stripped-back bars “Way too many try to bleed for the fame,” he sings. “LEVELS” is similarly defiant, both in sound and scope, offering brutal commentary on the pitfalls of idolatry. Boslen recently performed “LEVELS” live for UPROXX Sessions. Watch it HERE.

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GONZO also includes the standout track “GONE,” a raw track that allows Boslen room to be both boastful and vulnerable at once. “When you say you hate me to all of your friends,” he softly sings, “Just don’t forget I still live in your head.” The track also arrives alongside a visually striking video, which finds him trapped: wandering in a maze, sitting in the car while rain falls, and contemplating life in his bedroom. What starts as a slow-burning ballad slowly builds from acoustics to pulsating beats, mirroring his painful realization that he needs to move on — no matter how much it hurts.

Boslen’s evolution and self-awareness have been undeniable since his earliest releases, Motionless and Motionless II. His bars have only sharpened, and his confessional lyricism has become all the more evocative in the four years since those formative days in Victoria. His 2021 project DUSK to DAWN solidified him as a poignant conceptual artist, with boundary-pushing tracks featuring the likes of CharmaineTyla YawehRascalz, and Vory.

With GONZOBoslen pushes himself even further, living up to the billing as one of HotNewHipHop’s “Artists to Watch in 2022” and proving that he’s still going to continue his rapid growth in the years to come.

GONZO TRACK LIST:

  1. MANIC
  2. LEVELS
  3. FALLEN STAR (feat. Y2K)
  4. HEIST
  5. FIESTA
  6. GONE
  7. SCARS

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ABOUT BOSLEN: 

Boslen is a born trailblazer. The 23-year-old hip-hop experimenter lives in Vancouver, and the city’s people are key to the way he understands himself and his art. A land of contrasts — snowy peaks and warm water, beautiful nature, and busy streets — it’s the perfect home for an artist who reconciles disparate energies, weaving together styles and sounds that don’t intuitively connect. DUSK to DAWN, his Capitol Records debut, furthers this adventurous approach, mixing trap, pop, punk, and rock melodies, and it’s also directly inspired by his city, Vancouver drives him to be different, to achieve greatness when no one expects him to. Boslen first emerged as an artist in 2018, when he dropped out of school, and released the Motionless and Motionless II mixtapes. He found his footing in 2019 with the energetic, confrontational songs “Eye for an Eye” and “Hidden Nights,” which garnered millions of streams. In 2019, he released the Black Lotus EP, but even with so many songs out in the world, DUSK to DAWN feels like a step forward, full of boundary-pushing vocal experiments, heavier production, and shapeshifting transitions. The music finally sines the tumultuous emotions he’s captured in his lyrics all along. He may not be able to pull every listener into Vancouver, but he’s using the city’s contrasts as a backdrop to challenge everyone to think beyond themselves — to dream big.

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