- Nova Holmes
LA-hailing wordsmith GILLIA delivers his first offering of 2023 ‘Familiar’
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Hailing from the City of Angels, Texas and Virginia-raised wordsmith GILLIA is well versed in the art of sonically storming production. Armed with a distinct lyrical depth, if he were to put ‘Alchemist’ at the top of his resumé, nobody could question it. Following the growth of a superbly varied catalogue with releases like ‘Never Change’ reaching almost 200k streams, the unique talent now returns with his latest offering ‘Familiar’.
Having created a sound that resembles a transformative potion of wondrously alternative hip hop sounds and echoes of Toronto-esque toplines, the master of alchemy has stirred up some magic yet again. By fusing the perfect melodic and upbeat rapping flares with r&b tones and seamlessly integrating them, GILLIA’s latest offering lends itself to an introspective listening experience that envelopes its listener in an ambient, reflective moment.
Crooning over a journeyed beat, GILLIA strikes the perfect balance of mellow cadence and recite-worthy hooks resulting in a cleverly complex track in wonderfully simple clothing. As GILLIA continues to interlink classic, evergreen rap styles with pleasing, unexpected flips, his signature unruffled and unhurried flow is one that resonates with every hip hop and r&b lover.
Since the day GILLIA realised his zest for production, he has consistently worked to develop his craft and collate ever-growing knowledge. As the emerging wordsmith seeks to discover a pure means of translating and understanding his culture and environment in all he releases, he crafts a refreshingly different sound that is also consistent with the stylistic trends of today’s hip hop and r&b soundscapes.
His latest delivery explores a duality of ideas and emotion, as his crisp delivery and unique production style supports his contemplative offering. Coupled with his stoic, efficient rap style and winking wit, this is an artist born out of pure organic growth. As his dynamic background and points of reference ground him, he embarks on a coming of age journey. The result being a truly exceptional creation.
Speaking of his latest offering, GILLIA said:
“‘Familiar’ is the acknowledgement that even though experiencing the same issues and obstacles over and over again is tiresome, I’m prepared for that conflict and know what to expect.”
Stream 'Familiar' below: