Overcoming a deep inner struggle
Swedish rap artist Xersize returns with “Janus”, a personal song about the rapper’s mental health struggles. With an intimate, reflective sound, the sincere and articulated vocals remind of the sound of artists like NF and Hopsin.
Speaking about the track, the artist describes, “The main topic is about the two different sides of me, like the Roman god Janus and his two faces”. About this dichotomy, he adds, “It’s about the inner me that wants peace and the side of me that just keeps creating an inner chaos”.
Further reflecting on the track and his personal experience, the artist relays, “My main inspiration for this song is having spent 14 years struggling with a serious depression. Every time I had a good day, my depression would pop up almost like a voice in my head and break everything down”.
Recorded in the rapper’s living room, the artist enlisted the help of producer Robinholta, who produced, mixed and mastered the track in his studio.
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. He’s currently preparing for the release of “Janus” on August 12th.
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.