LIL SPACELY IS REBORN ON NEW EP ‘THE GOLDEN LOTUS’

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Lil Spacely blossoms into his best self on the long-awaited debut EP The Golden Lotus. “Through all the ups and downs, I’m like ‘damn, I finally got the opportunity to put my first project out’,” the West African Australian artist says.

When you credit ONEFOUR and B Wise for their influence in the Area’s takeover of the scene, make sure you mention Lil Spacely in the same breath. With his consistent catalogue of trap heaters and collaborations with Big Skeez, Lara Andallo, and his BBGB crew, Spacely is a certified linchpin in Western Sydney and the modern rap landscape.

LIL SPACELY: SOMETHING IN THE WATER

After his 8-year single run, and freshly returning from a period of incarceration last year, the release of The Golden Lotus arrives at a moment of rebirth for the Bankstown-raised artist. “I feel like I just started now. You can see when you go to Sydney, the culture is evolving and it’s always growing so it’s a blessing just to be a part of it,” Spacely says.

The debut 6-track EP remains true to his Area roots, enlisting Eora peers Manu Crooks, thatboykwame, and A.GIRL – who turns the project’s ‘Lights On’ with her angelic vocals. Spacely set a far more vulnerable tone than he’s previously known for, rapping “Late nights we used to roam the streets, police was on pursuit when we was trying to find a place of peace.”

These ruminations on his challenging upbringing create the ethos of Spacely’s latest work. “You can grow up in a not-so-great environment but that doesn’t mean that you can’t blossom to be something else,” he explains. The EP’s namesake, The Golden Lotus, represents achieving enlightenment and likens his resilience to the flower.  

“They’re usually really beautiful but their roots are dirty water so I could relate to it. I feel like I’ve changed so much into a positive state now,” Spacely adds.

LIL SPACELY: PUTTING IN THE REPS

The EP continues with his first few releases after incarceration, ‘Throw It Up’ and ‘Dangerous‘. Both triumphant cuts produced by thatboykwame, the latter’s music video emphasises Spacely’s newly realised motive in the opening credits. “After 10 months in lockup, I found freedom within. I stripped away all the useless layers and shredded down to a laser focus on what really matters – family, health and self-expression.”

Lil Spacely became a devotee and advocate for exercise in his 10 months behind bars, not only for its obvious physical benefits but for the notable improvement it made in all aspects of his life. Crediting it as his main source of inspiration, Spacely describes how his focus in the gym has translated into the studio. 

 “I’ll train, feel good, clean my mental, get stronger, and then everything I approach, it just levels up,” he explains.

One of the standout singles so far this year and the highlight of the project, ‘WIN’ exemplifies the music and gym connection with Spacely’s witty bars and untouchable flow hitting a PB in the second verse. Who needs pre-workout when you got Spacely rapping about buying real estate with pools when he doesn’t even swim? 

LIL SPACELY: LET SOME SHIT GO

In direct contrast to the cathartic introspection on ‘Lights On’, The Golden Lotus concludes with the carefree, Afrobeats-infused cut ‘Let Some Shit Go’. Grown out of the mud, Spacely has grown his lotus petals that the rain slides off of. His traumas and hardships have become his resilience and strength.

“I have such a long way to go because I just keep doing better. I want to stay at my best, I want to keep evolving,” he says.

Lil Spacely is in the finest shape of his life and the evidence is in the music. Although he never intended to make The Golden Lotus, the first project from Lil Spacely has been a highly anticipated release for years. After almost a decade since his debut, Spacely sheds his past self and arrives with more palpable focus and motivation than ever. 

“This the first step and then, to be honest, I’m just hitting the ground. Boom, boom, boom. I’m always trying to perfect my craft so as far as that goes, there’s going to be music – good music – coming,” he promises.

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