Allow us to put you onto this project you really must listen to. 17 Year old Cape Town artist, Nyota, will have you asking yourself retrospective questions about what you were doing when you were that age but once the music steals your train of thought you'll soon find yourself in another world of pure joy as you listen to her.
Describing her project as a "trazz" (trap and jazz) combo, we actually beg to differ in that we hear more of the boom bap elements than fusions of trap in her vibes. The Purification Project is filled with so much soul you can't help but wonder what Nyota will be sounding like in 5 years' time. The EP is very personal, tinged with Nyota's evident humility in spirit, but also packing with enough attitude as she is a rapper after all. From the enchanting opening track Welcome 2 My Mind you immediately get on path with what kind of vibes to expect from the project. Nyota reels you in with her subtle yet potent vocals while she slowly jumps out of a shell to throw bars at you. You hear her in full fierce mode on Ballooning as she speeds up her flow before Crazy J joins in on the track.
Halfway through the project there's a dip in the mood as a reboot plays in I'm Over It which brings your mood back to the sounds in the opening track. The calmness continues into Another World where you hear Nyota's clear affinity for alternate worlds and her love for cosmic ideology. She's like a grown child hopping between the "real" world and a careless fantasy world she fights to represent. It's sheer magic as you connect with her with every new song that swings in. Before you know it, the EP has run its course with the closing Q & A which can very well pass as a soothing lullaby for your soul.
Nyota is certainly like nothing you'll hear in the "hip hop" realm 'cause she borrows sophisticated elements from what I term "universal music," music that transcends genre and description. That's her special trademark, she has a boom bap attitude, the clear heart of a poet, and the spirit of a young fighter. This EP is not nearly enough from her to be honest. You find yourself wanting to listen to more of her music over and over on a long drive across the country. A very impressive presentation by the young lady.