LA-based rap artist Azizi Gibson has launched ‘Freak’, the third single from his hotly-anticipated new album, ‘Memoirs Of The Reaper’, and announced a new headline US tour, ‘Protein Shake’.
‘Freak’, follows lead album singles, ‘Nintendo King’ — a track referred to as a “stone-wall banger” by High Snobiety — and ‘High’, feeding into Gibson’s penchant for writing to off-the-wall beats and holds up a mirror to his sharp, quick-witted lyricism. Eager to leave his mark on the rap game without ever being defined by it, ‘Freak’ is the perfect outsider track, an ode to his ability to deliver killer rap records in his own, distinct way.
Born in Frankfurt and raised between Thailand and Singapore before moving to Maryland with his family aged 11, Gibson, formerly of Flying Lotus’ influential Brainfeeder imprint, has since released a flurry of EPs — the majority released through Wacka Flocka Flame’s 32BrickHouse agency. He then launched his own imprint preHISTORIC in 2015, the label through whom he’ll release new album, ’Memoirs Of The Reaper’, on May 9.
Looking ahead to the summer, Gibson has also announced a special ‘Protein Shake’ US tour in support of the album, that’ll follow on from his European run in May — he’ll be supporting RnB duo THEY on their 13-date ‘Nu Religion’ Tour.
Taking in shows across the country, from Boston to NYC to Dallas, Gibson will play a total of 13 headline dates throughout June and July, bringing the ‘Protein Shake’ tour to a close in Mesa, Arizona, on July 15.
Buy ‘Freak’ here:
Azizi Gibson — Protein Shake US tour dates
June 22 – Middle East, Boston, MA
June 23 – Marlin Room @ Webster, NYC, NY
June 24 – U Street Music Hall, Washington, DC
June 29 – Cervantes Ballroom, Denver, CO
June 30 – Hawthorne Theatre, Portland, OR
July 1 – Vera, Seattle, WA
July 6 – The Novo, Los Angeles, CA
July 7 – The Observatory OC, Santa Ana, CA
July 8 – Social Hall SF, San Francisco, CA
July 12 – Walters, Houston, TX
July 13 – Trees, Dallas, TX
July 14 – Empire, Austin, TX
July 15 – Club Red, Mesa, AZ
Please see below for a full list of THEY’s ‘NU Religion’ European tour dates.
THEY w/ Azizi Gibson— The NU Religion Tour Dates
May 9 – Stockholm, Sweden
May 10 – Oslo, Norway
May 11 – Copenhagen, Denmark
May 13 – Cologne, Germany
May 14 – Berlin, Germany
May 17 – Amsterdam, Netherlands
May 19 – Gent, Belgium
May 21 – Reims, Paris
May 23 – Paris, France
May 25 – London, UK
May 26 – Manchester, UK
May 27 – Dublin, Republic Of Ireland
May 28 – Leeds, UK