Ascending rap artist, Sleazus Bhrist, has long-time understood the weight of his choices. Growing up in East Harlem’s James Weldon Johnson Houses, the decisions of youth often became the difference between life or death — and in Bhrist’s case, incarceration versus freedom. Today the MC is encapsulating his truth with a new music video fittingly titled, “Lessons.”

Alongside the director, Lost Footage, Bhrist brings fans to his NYC stomping grounds with the Passion Of The Bhrist visual, depicting life after prison in “Lessons.” Trust issues ensue over the single’s hypnotic melody, punctuating the tenacity Bhrist’s loyalists are virally accustomed to. And withal, perseverance remains an overarching theme across bops for the newcomer sonically. 

Rapping, “They can’t stop me/ No, they can’t stop me, because I am chosen,” the El Barrio-spitter echoes prior sorrows and successes on “Lessons.” As a whole, the content of Passion Of The Bhrist plays through autobiographical. The inheritance of Bhrist’s New York conditions resulted in his adolescent confinement upstate — providing him with the experiences that fueled his 2019 breakthrough, On the Run. The artist’s preceding 9-track project strengthened his reemergence onto the blogosphere scene and laid to rest his former musical alias, Billz.

And in a genre where copy and paste rags-to-riches narratives persist, there are no falsehoods attached to “Lessons,” or Bhrist’s 2020 LP, Passion Of The Bhrist. “My influences such as JAY-Z, Young Thug, Lil Wayne, Kanye West, and DMX are respected because they offer us their truth. If I rapped it on wax, it happened. I might make a movie out of this shit one day,” he affirmed to The Knockturnal.

To him, authenticity is king. Peculiarities like the intricate screen split in the “Lessons” audiovisual highlight the creativity which enabled the 24-year-old rapper’s Before Life Ends The Label imprint to flourish. And despite the present-day artistic uncertainty swarming the music business, Bhrist remains steadfast in his pursuit to navigate toward the upper echelons of the industry. “Oh, I am not playing! Tell them I am still dropping asap,” Bhrist barks with the mention of COVID-19. “[My growing fanbase] should know “Lessons” is out, yes! But there will be more videos and more music, then more videos and more music! The pandemic stopped nothin’.”

The Knockturnal caught up with Sleazus Bhrist earlier today to get an exclusive look at his, “Lessons,” music video, and learn why he believes hardship and felonies served as the prophecy of him evolving into God’s son lyrically. Become acquainted with Sleazus Bhrist in his words. 

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About The Author

Bianca Alysse is a creatively driven Bronx-born writer and editor. Before becoming The Knockturnal‘s music editor she served as Latina‘s creative coordinator and was a contributor at Billboard. The Boricua scribe has a lengthy resume in the music industry and has penned for Universal Music Publishing Group, Epic Records, G.O.O.D. Music, Compound Entertainment, Artistry & Récords, and Arcade Creative Group. Her work has been seen on platforms like VIBE, mitú, TIDAL, Remezcla, and behind the scenes at New York Fashion Week. As an independent contractor, she has written for Sony Music Entertainment’s global business affairs department, Warner Music Group, and currently Roc Nation.

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