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Party all-out with Zelijah’s “Show U”

Party all-out with Zelijah’s “Show U”

Filipino rapper-producer Zelijah is hitting a sweet spot between peak-club trendiness and experimentation with his new single “Show U”—available to stream via Sony Music Entertainment

Show U Album Cover | Sony Music Entertainment

The release of the song comes with a music video directed by Leo Malli. According to the director, the MV explores the perspective of different people at a party, capturing the messiness, the fun, and the quirks that go on and behind it. 

I made sure we took real pieces of what Zelijah has seen throughout his life. Just that it’s all happening in one night. The night we shot the MV, we were also holding his birthday and listening party, so this was a real party happening. It’s more organic that way.

Leo Malli

With recurrent tropical house beats, Jamaican rhythms, and exotic flavors, Zelijah’s latest track turns to the sound of summer while maintaining an extensive appetite for the next big thing. While maintaining a slick, modern production added with a hypnotic sonic motif that puts multiculturalism on display, the songwriting complements the material with a youthful appeal.

This is in contrast to his previous releases which were inspired by extreme emotions such as anger and hatred.

Zelijah | Sony Music Entertainment

Show U is an attempt of combining hip hop with nostalgic genres from the 2000s like Y2K Pop, Dancehall, Reggaton, and a bit of rumba. It’s also spiced with a bit of Tiktok-ish elements by pitching up the formants of vocals and topping it with a classic drum n’ bass rhythm. And yes, I did produce the whole thing.

Zelijah

According to the rapper-producer, the song is specifically about a mysterious, strong woman that he met in the club.

Here I expressed how tired she must be with everything she’s been through life especially with her past relationships yet she still appears to be strong and confident. Despite the odds, I still tried to shoot my shot.

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He also emphasizes that “Show U” is marking his transition as an artist comfortable with getting in touch with his emotional and soft side while balancing it with mystery and spice. His recent breakup enabled him to rebuild himself and try a different path, lyrically and sonically speaking. 

I’ve been going outside more often too so most of the songs I’ll be putting out starting from Show U would most likely be experiences from the outside world. And I also thought hey maybe I could turn those moments into songs and that made me come up with my upcoming album.

Zelijah

Zelijah’s “Show U” is out now on all digital music platforms worldwide via Sony Music Entertainment.

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