Detroit native Quinn XCII is making a name for himself, and judging from his first ever NYC show, quite a lot of people already know that name well.
Quinn played the historic Mercury Lounge on Wednesday (March 23), my first introduction to his live performance. His fans (at least, the ones 21 and older) crowded into the small space, drinks and phones in hand. As soon as he started his set (joined by producer Ayokay, who was doing his thing and clearly enjoying it), lyrics were being rapped right back at him as if everyone there had been in the room when Quinn wrote those songs.
It felt like a laid-back house party with all the right vibes and none of the suspicious behavior.
Managing to merge hip-hop with dynamic electronic beats, some of which even have a distinct island twist, his sound is unique and what music should be: feel-good and inspiring. His lyrics are relevant, too; those thoughts and late nights we experience in our early 20s that are hardest to put into words, and our endless search for invincibility.
Quinn released his EP, Bloom, just days before his Mercury gig. The seven-song project is perfect to blast in the car as we head into the warmer months of the year, and would still be a great soundtrack when you need a quieter moment with just your headphones and some inspiration.
Check out my favorite track from the EP below, “Good Friend.”
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If you’d like to see Quinn for yourself, he’s opening for SoMo on a 19-date U.S. tour, which kicks off on April 13 in San Antonio.