Rejjie Snow might seem like a rap artist but he doesn't see it that way.
It's not just that he grew up the only black kid on Dublin's Northside, where there's no music scene to speak of. It's that Rejjie is a scene unto himself. He lives wherever his suitcase settles, wherever his songs send him, creating worlds and tangling words into beautifully complex knots that blur biography with fantasy over a shifting mass of rainy loops, technicolor keys, and trippy percussion. His influences are as disparate as George Michael and Charles Bukowski. He designs clothes and paints. He sees the moon as his first love. He almost had a career as a soccer star but, instead, Rejjie has toured with Madonna , recorded with left-field dance genius KAYTRANADA and, after signing to 300 Entertainment in 2016, became labelmate to other outsiders like Young Thug and Fetty Wap. In 2017, Rejjie dropped a full-length mixtape, The Moon & You, an experimental beast of a different stripe with a cameo from Joey Bada$$. Next up is his debut album, Dear Annie. Written and recorded across Los Angeles, London, and Paris, it's a genre-spanning opus of 20 tracks that features production from Kaytranada, Cam O'bi (SZA, Chance the Rapper), and Rahki (Kendrick Lamar). Assembling an entourage of similarly progressive artists such as Aminé, Jesse James Solomon, and Anna Of The North , Dear Annie is a bold statement of intent from the wise-beyond-his-years 23-year old.