Burgeoning star Astrokidjay has released his rich and cinematic new EP, God Bless the Mafia (Side A) today via LISTEN TO THE KIDS/Geffen Records. The 20-year-old artist, who is able to effortlessly synthesize hip-hop, R&B, and Afrobeats while maintaining a point of view that is irrefutably his, uses this six-song canvas to show that he’s grown even more distinct—and even more irresistible. Listen to it now below.
Born in Tanzania and raised in Toronto, Astrokidjay has quickly made a name for himself as one of the most singular acts in music. God Bless the Mafia (Side A) deepens his on-record identity in ways that reveal technical precision and true inspiration.
God Bless the Mafia (Side A) comes in the wake of Rose Out the Mud, the mixtape from earlier this year that made a point to show off both the gentler and more menacing sides of his music. Last month, Astrokidjay followed that tape, and the acclaim it received, with the singles “Hunnid Dayz” and “Hell & Back,” both of which appear on this new collection. As 2022 draws to a close, Astrokidjay is making a strong case as the year’s signature breakout artist.
Astrokidjay began making music in earnest after he’d been kicked out of his family’s home in 2019. The early demos—recorded in a friend’s closet—had a sound so otherworldly that they gave him his stage name. In the brief period since, he’s made an undeniable case for himself as an unmissable cornerstone of genre-melding music in the 2020s.