Dark and intense rapper Scarlxrd started his quest for fame as a much goofier internet personality. He spent his early years posting humorous and lighthearted videos online, but turned toward powerful, distorted vocals and demonic instrumentals when he began rapping in 2015. His prolific output and shocking image would skyrocket singles like "Heart Attack," and "Chain$aw" into platinum status. Scarlxrd was born Marius Listhrop in Wolverhampton, England in 1994. Prior to his music career, he acquired some fame in his late teenage years as a YouTube vlogger who went under the alias Mazzi Maz. After several years of his more and more popular YouTube presence, however, he deleted his videos and shifted gears toward a new image, working briefly with the band Myth City before starting the Scarlxrd project in 2015. Also known as Yung Scar, Listhrop developed a sound that moved from dark trap atmospheres on early singles like 2016's "Girlfriend" to more explosive, metal-edged tracks like 2017's "The Purge" and "Heart Attack." A string of mixtapes surfaced along with frequent singles, including 2016's "Rxse" and 2017's "Chaxsthexry," "Cabin Fever," and "Lxrdszn." The next year, Scarlxrd returned with the moody, screaming singles "A Braindead Civilisatixn" and "We Waste Time Faded" from his debut studio full-length Dxxm, which was released via Island Records. A sophomore effort, Infinity, followed in March 2019. Before the year was up, he announced new album Immxrtalizatixn was planned for an early October. His third studio album and eighth full-length collection of music was preceded by several singles including "Ask," "Up.Up.Up.," and "Backwards." ~ Fred Thomas
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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released March 15, 2019 | Universal-Island Records Ltd.
INFINITY is the sophomore album from British rapper Scarlxrd and follows 2018's DXXM. Blending elements of trap and drill with the ferociousness of screamo, the album sees Scarlxrd deliver an uncompromising set of brutal hip-hop tracks. ~ Rich Wilson
Rap/Hip-Hop - Released October 4, 2019 | Universal-Island Records Ltd.
Good-natured YouTube star turned demonic rapper Scarlxrd presents one of his more intense 180-degree turns of image and style. Though Marius Listhrop went from creating goofy and humorous video content to briefly fronting the rap-metal act Myth City, his prolific work as Scarlxrd is significantly shades darker. Immxrtalisatixn is the eighth collection of Scarlxrd material since he began releasing frequent mixtapes and albums in late 2016. Clocking in at an hour-and-eight-minutes, the album's 24 tracks are all different variations of eerie melodies, industrial beats, and lyrical flows that alternate between gasps, gulps, and histrionic screams. There's talent hiding behind Listhrop's unending screaming, and when the aggression momentarily subsides there's plenty of evidence that he's a serviceable rapper and even an occasionally clever lyricist. In the moments when Scarlxrd breaks even slightly out of his template of scream-rap distress, the results are interesting. The production on "NX LXVE" experiments with sub-bass synth tones and makes more space for intricate flows than the majority of the mostly screamed album. "Ask" is the most daring strike on the entire album, with extended gospel-soul samples and a beat that's a throwback to golden-era '90s hip-hop. Still shouting at top volume, Scarlxrd makes an unexpected (and possibly unintentional) nod to Das EFX, Souls of Mischief, and the like. Dropping in at almost any point of Immxrtalisatixn will likely offer a slight variation of Scarlxrd's relentless, maxed-out approach. The general tone is menacing, angry, and meant to offer the same dark thrills as a gory haunted house attraction, each new song a hired hand in a zombie costume jumping out from the shadows with a chainsaw. As the tracks drone on in a blur of distorted instrumentals and monotonous screams, Immxrtalisatixn becomes more exhausting than thrilling. ~ Fred Thomas
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