Decennium

A strong vindication

Swedish rap artist Xersize returns with “Decennium”, a raw portrait of the rapper’s frustrations and his titanic drive to move forward. With a minimalist piano and strong energetic rhymes which evoke sounds similar to NF’s, “Decennium” reveals an intimate side of the artist.

“The song is about having worked for something for an entire decade and yet feeling that you’re trudging water” Xersize explains. “It’s about knowing that you’re better than what you get credit for”

The song strikes a sharp contrast to his previous work, showing an open-hearted confession about the struggle of being an indie artist. “This is very different compared to my earlier work. It is also way more personal in a way that I usually don’t do. This was not about a break up or mental health, this was about music, which is the most personal thing in my life.” 

Kickstarting his collaboration with producer Robinholta, the duo spent several late nights working over the phone and video chatting to get the track together. It was finally recorded in the rapper’s personal studio and then assembled by the producer.

Xersize’s debut album “Xersize” was released in 2019, followed by his second album “Välkommen Hem” in 2020. He’s currently preparing for the release of “Decennium”, available on May 6th via Rexius Records.

Photo: Daniel Wahlström

Xersize

Swedish rap artist Xersize has a strong drive to create music. Influenced by artists such as Eminem and Machine Gun Kelly, his devotion to art and creation has been a transcendental force behind his success.

When speaking of his personal connection to music, its therapeutic influence comes to mind. “I struggled with deep depression and anxiety for 14 years. A lot of my music comes from my feelings from that period”, “Much of my music comes from the darkness inside”.

Having a strong connection to music from an early age, he wrote his first song at the age of 8. When asked about this relation, he describes his first musical memories. “I’ve felt a strong bond to music since I was little. From the time I was 6 years old and stood on my bed and pretended that I was on stage while I lip-synced to my favorite songs”.

The rapper previously worked with Worcester, MA based rap collective Hytown Records, being featured in different mixtapes and in the song “An Empty Venue With 2 Broken Microphones” on an album by US rapper B’LoCo. He released his first EP “Before Massachusetts” in 2018, including a collaboration with US rap duo Potluck.

Xersize’s debut album “Xersize” was released in 2019, followed by his second album “Välkommen Hem” in 2020.

The rapper got signed to Gothenburg-based Rexius Records in 2021.