Mercury has proven herself an exciting new voice in Atlanta’s rap scene with her charismatic lyrical presence and an excellent ear for beats. She’s enlisted a who’s who of hot producers across her projects released in the past few years, including Evilgiane, Popstar Benny, 454, and Bear1boss, thriving on both original and sample-driven instrumentals. Her upcoming project is an EP called heaven dropping July 9, and today (June 1) you can hear its title track.
Produced by LAILA, the song is built on walloping Jersey club drums and a sludgy sample of what could be the refrain of a grunge song, played on a turntable at the wrong RPM. It’s true that there’s nothing remarkable about young rappers looking to alternative rock music for sonic and stylistic inspiration, which is why the freshness of “heaven,” undeniable from the moment Mercury hops on and starts spitting like a stoned cobra, is so impressive.
“‘heaven’ is basically a song about getting lit, having fun, and being sexy,” Mercury writes in a press release. “I made it for the girlies and the gays but hopefully everyone shake they ass to it.” Hear the song in the music video above, starring Mercury, some pals, and a lot of retro, colorful effects.