LXVNDR’s music is a pastel punch | Music | Halifax, Nova Scotia
LXVNDR at the Hopscotch Festival
Grand Parade, Fri Sep 24, 6-10 p.m., free
WWhen Kathleen Moon arrives at a northern cafe earlier this week, wearing sneakers to match her oversized blazer and a perfect manicure that showcases both, she is all smiles and calm energy, sipping lavender tea from a mug. oversized porcelain. The choice of drink seems both natural and perhaps a little self-aware: Moon is rapping as LXVNDR, one of the city’s most exciting new voices in hip hop, mixing one voice SZA type with golden era bars that bring ScHoolboy Q to mind.
“I was Story Shakur and I was Princess Cheech for a while, then Dat Kidd Rosa,” she explains between sips. “Then one day I was doing this very detailed quiz that you can do to see what kind of aura colors you have. I ended up having magenta and also lavender. A love of plants and a quest for healing meant this was the perfect nickname for a new age of sound. “It called me instead of my choosing it.”
Moon grew up and discovered music in Prince Edward Island, first singing at family receptions at the behest of his grandfather. “He played an important role in my musical influences,” she says. “If it hadn’t been for him, I wouldn’t have had the confidence to do it.” Later, after a steady diet of metal, punk and hip hop that shaped her sound, she went from rap at home parties to guest in the studio as other Vince Island MCs The Messenger and DJ Nemo “really got me on it”, helping him get it. start. When she takes the stage this Friday night for the Hopscotch Festival, she’ll be reuniting with the duo for the first time since moving to Halifax, making an already-awaited set even more special.
Already on the radar of national music publications, newly signed to Halifax’s Black Buffalo Records and armed with a catalog of three albums (including the recent Moon water, a collaboration with Forutnado with spots from Aquakultre and Scrimig), Moon’s return to Hopscotch looks, if not at a complete moment, at least near. It was the city’s hip hop celebration where she first gained more attention, winning the juryed rap battle of the annual 2019 “Each One Teach One” event. This year, she is on the jury and her money goes to another rapper in town, Shay Pitts, who loves Nicki Minaj. “Hopefully a female MC can win for the second year in a row,” Moon said.
Moon’s final evolution as a gender-mixing and murderous LXVNDR fits perfectly with the rich tradition of female-led innovation in hip hop, a path that has continued ever since Roxanne Shanté first broke on radio. Where LXVNDR will enlighten him the most, perhaps, is in the reminder that the vibe and music are most compelling when they clash and challenge each other.
“I like dark things; I love the darkness of life. So a lot of my music is extremely dark and I feel like that’s where the metal part comes out, because most of the stuff I write and rap about is a little bit gothic, ”he says. her holding her drained cup of tea. “A lot of the beats I rap sound like happy, but if you really listen to what I’m saying it’s dark and can be a little crazy at times.”