UNDERGROUND Presents: Magixx

January 17, 2019

For years, there’s been a lot of buzz around the University of Lagos and its community of emerging musicians. And rightly so.

Underground: Magixx

Besides sitting in the heart of Yaba, one of the most culturally vibrant suburbs in Lagos, UNILAG has become an assembly line for creative talents, particularly in music. The list is long, but somewhere in contemporary times, names like Ycee, Vector, Lil Kesh and Reekado Banks show up.

If you believe the hundreds of students who throng to every performance and hound his social media, Magixx will be the next name to join that list.

When he’s not taking mass communication classes, 20-year-old Alexander Adelabu is evolving to that sweet spot where raw vocal power meets the love of hip-hop.

In some ways, Magixx may feel rough at the edges.

But in his best moments, he connects to personal struggles, ambition and hopes like on the unreleased “Eyan Giga”.

A typical performance sees him hit high notes, just before relaxing into a half-sung flow that betrays his influences–Eminem, MI Abaga, Lil’ Wayne.

As he tries to meander his way, UNILAG’s biggest gift to him has been a loyal, almost fanatic fanbase that has cheered him through every landmark.

He’s also gotten a few of today’s pop acts in his corner.

There are rumours of a collab with Mayorkun. Rapper Zlatan Ibile is also a big fan.

Magixx has a way yet to go. We’re excited to see what’s next.

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