Malaysian rapper Abubakarxli has dropped his debut EP titled ‘EXACXLI’.
The six-track release was made available for listening on major streaming services last week (December 23).
“Thank God, after the hard work, squinting and sweating in the studio finally, today ‘EXACXLI’ my EP album has been successfully released for hip-hop or similar genre fans in the country,” he said in a press release.
Listen to the EP here.
For EP, the 24-year-old rapper – whose real name is Abu Bakar Ali – recruited “creative” composers such as Exactesy. He also noted that it did not take long for him to produce the EP and most of it was recorded during the pandemic.
“I am happy to work with Exactesy, a young composer who came up with a lot of thoughtful and fresh ideas while producing. Exactesy fulfilled my wishlist in terms of the type of rhythm and melody that befit the concept of the EP album when producing all the songs in ‘EXACXLI’,” he said.
“Actually there are some songs in ‘EXACXLI’ that I wrote more than four years ago, and I decided to re-record them in the studio when the whole country is experiencing (the) pandemic situation that seems to have no end.”
‘EXACXLI’ also features guest appearances from Airliftz and Zet Legacy (on ‘Terbang’), Sxph and Pele.L (‘Ada Orang’), Touche and NOTAIZAT (‘Jangan Marah’), plus Danye (‘Selesai’).
The EP, published by Universal Music, also marks Abubakarxli’s first release under the label Def Jam Malaysia.
Abubakarxli has teased that ‘EXACXLI’ comes ahead of a full-length release. An official release date for that project has yet to be announced.
In August, Abubakarxli collaborated with Singaporean MC Fariz Jabba on the anthemic single ‘KRU’.