Tue. Dec 1st, 2020

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Artist to Watch: Ayanis

We subsist in a generation where becoming a musician isn’t about pure talent alone, due to the encouragement of social media influencers and viral potentialities, however that doesn’t mean the talent isn’t there. Texas-Atlanta native and Atlantic records signed artist, Ayanis, gifts true sonic flair to an era drenched in wanna-be Trap stars and fly-by-night performers. Her latest EP release Yani, laced in 11 tracks amid features from Mulatto, A Boogie Wit da Hoodie, Wiz Khalifa, Vedo, Queen Naija and Jack Harlow, swells with robust, hand-crafted sound, attitude, elite production and extreme quality as she lyrically cascades through tales of empowerment, love, recovery and strength. 

It’s a dash of gangster with a big splash of RnB.

From sure-fire vibes like “Drip” featuring Mulatto to more emotive tunes like “Blues” and her spicy hit “Lil Boi (Big Talk) Remix” featuring Jack Harlow, she’s covered all bases dousing this project in head-bobbing flavor but not skipping out on aural soul-sessions. 

She recently released her latest visual to “Lil Boi (Big Talk) Remix” featuring Jack Harlow and she told Complex, “It has such a fun and vibrant feeling to it. I always wanted to shoot at a diner. It’s like one of those videos you watched on TV and wished you were apart of. Jack was great to work with. He’s a natural star and he’s got a down to earth spirit. When he stepped on set he was so smooth with it. He’s for sure a professional, and we really had a good time. I’m glad he could be apart of this with me. The video was a moment for sure!

Yani serves as a pleasant and impressive plunge into the versatility that is Ayanis. It’s modern music with specks of nostalgia. She’s called on some heavy hitters, gifting this album star-quality but she still shines in solo efforts like “Ecstasy,” “New,” “Flex,” “Blues” and “Good Music.” Her indubitable versatility glistens throughout this fully-loaded body of work. It’s a sassy-hood medley of epic proportions, a sophomore release that listens like a veteran’s work.

Ayanis’ 2018 debut EP Direction set the tone and Yani carries the torch.

Watch some Yani visuals below.