In the 21st century, rap is mainstream, and labels who used to traffic exclusively in guitar music are paying attention. Take for instance Loma Vista Recordings, whose roster includes Denzel Curry and Injury Reserve, and Earache Records, who recently signed Alireza. The latter’s dropped a new song, “Vendetta,” and it goes hard.
At first, “Vendetta” might sound like any run-of-the-mill trap song, but it’s anchored by a standout chorus that’s both melodic and ominous: “I just fucked my bread up / These woes just won’t let up / I might need to get up / I’m in a vendetta.” Notable, too, are the distorted guitar chords booming underneath the 808s—fitting for a rapper signed to a longtime metal stronghold.
Alireza also serves as vocalist-guitarist for post-hardcore band Louder Than Quiet, and is more than thrilled to challenge metalheads’ preconceived notions about rap. “If I were a kid in the scene, I would automatically think a rapper on a metal label would be trash,” he told Kerrang!. “So I feel pretty excited about making people uncomfortable with my music.”
“Vendetta” comes from Alireza’s forthcoming album, Endlyss, which is due out April 12. Watch the music video below: