Cult-favorite New Zealand-based phonk rapper SXMPRA has returned with his latest single, “LOCKJAW!” via 10K Projects. Produced by close friend and collaborator Dozy Doe, the track’s ominous intro build-up, blistering bass lines, and pounding 808’s straddle the line between the gritty underground rap and hardcore nu-metal words SXMPRA was raised on, setting the sinister scene for a paralyzing blow of dizzying raps, fast and furious flows, and raw and outspoken storytelling. The track marks the beginning of yet another chapter in the mysterious artist’s career.
“Dozy and I created this song with the intention of having a catchy element while still staying true to both of our usual gritty sounds,” says SXMPRA. “We aimed to create a dark atmosphere paired with a high tempo and aggressive top line that snatches the listeners attention, drawing them in and keeping them intrigued with multiple switch ups.”
The new song arrives as SXMPRA continues to turn heads with nearly four million monthly Spotify listeners and his 2021 breakout hit “COWBELL WARRIOR!” now amassing over 54 million Spotify streams. A frontrunner of the internet phenomenon phonk scene – a rap subgenre derived from dark 90’s Memphis rap soundscapes – SXMPRA continues to innovate the genre for a new generation while paying homage to its trailblazers and carving out his own path to underground rap glory.