Name to know: Gracias

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As we all know, it’s the little things that make all of the difference. From a free coffee at Pret to a bonus track from your fave artist, these little gestures really do matter, which is why were excited to discover Congolese-Finnish rapper Gracias has released an exclusive track from his new album Elengi.

Entitled Open, it is an intoxicating mix of heavy bass notes and deep vocals that demand to be listed to. Reminiscent of American greats such as Tupac Shakur, recent tracks such as Open are helping to establish Gracias as one of the best rappers to come out of Europe in recent years.

Another track that’s assisting in this rise is Slow it Down. Featuring more RnB influences than Open, it is a summery track that is guaranteed to be a hit once BBQ season hits.

Represented by Finnish indi label Cocoa Music, Gracias, a.k.a. Deogracias Masomi, burst onto the country’s music scene back in 2007 with the release of his mixtape Listenin Comprehension. Debuted under the guise of Luminate, Masomi later changed his stage name to Gracias. Since then, he’s gone on to garner industry praise and back in 2011 he was named the most promising Finnish act for 2012. With the domestic market covered, Gracias has set his sights further and we think it’s only a matter of time before he comes to a radio, or stage, near you.

Want to hear more? Click here to listen to Gracias’ SoundCloud now.

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