Beginning his next musical chapter after his standout 2022 album, Fly Anakin releases Skinemaxxx (Side A) via Lex Records. The first of a two-part project made in collaboration with Mutant Academy producer Foisey, Skinemaxxx is a stylistic departure from his critically-acclaimed debut studio album from last year Frank, exercising a renewed vigour for blistering raps paired with a challenging breadth of production from his longtime collaborator Foisey.
The album’s opening portion introduces fans to the immersive theme of the project as a whole, operating like a TV guide that scans songs ranging from biographical stories of life growing up in Richmond, quick-witted jabs at past detractors, and an assortment of inside jokes and tongue-in-cheek skits that’s become an essential part of Mutant Academy projects. The first installment of Skinemaxxx includes previously-released singles “Outsidigan’s Anthem,” which arrived alongside an accompanying visual co-directed by Anakin and Matt Cowen and “Blicky Bop,”.
The accompanying visuals for “Affirmations” makes use of stop motion claymation and strata-cut animation reminiscent of UK singer Peter Gabriel’s videos from the 80s.
Fly Anakin is a rapper from Richmond, Virginia, who’s been described by Madlib as “one of the illest MCs”. He’s previously collaborated with the likes of Freddie Gibbs, Evidence, Ohbliv, ANKHLEJOHN and is co-founder of the Richmond rap collective Mutant Academy. FlySiifu’s, his 2020 album with Pink Siifu, and follow-up EP $mokebreak featured collaborations with Liv.e, Foushée, Madlib, ZelooperZ & Black Noi$e.
Following the project’s release, Anakin is joining YUNGMORPHEUS on a co-headlining US tour kicking off on May 31st in Atlanta. The tour will stretch across 6 dates, including Los Angeles, San Francisco, and a night at Public Records in Brooklyn.
Upcoming Tour Dates:
5/31 – Atlanta, GA @ 529 Club (tickets)
6/1 – Chicago, IL @ Sleeping Village (tickets)
6/2 – Brooklyn, NY @ Public Records (tickets)
6/3 – Easthampton, MA @ Daily Op (tickets)
6/8 – Los Angeles, CA @ Resident (tickets)
6/9 – Oakland, CA @ Eli’s Mile High Club (tickets)