After sharing a number of singles to mild commercial and critical success, British born (Warner signed) budding popstar, XNilo has been earmarked by many tastemakers (including BBC 1, Complex and Capital Xtra) as one for the future. His distinct fusion of hip-hop, reggaeton, and pop is on full display on his consolidated body of work, Long Time Coming.
The visuals for the eponymous title track were dropped simultaneously as part of the buildup.
Armed with his most successful singles and ten new songs, he seeks to leave his mark on the Latin pop scene and eventually, the global one. The production on the project is largely populated by synths, deep bass, and sparse instrumentation. The high energy embodied on the project lasts the entire runtime and there is no room to turn down. While the general subject matter is not groundbreaking by any means, the execution of the ideas stand out.
He effortlessly switches tongues twice on the project, on the standout opener, Que Paso and on Lo Siento. On an altogether strong showing, familiar and new listeners can dial in and try to figure out what the budding crooner is about. With a number of high profile features teased including a single with Famous Dex, this may be the best time to tap into XNilo’s art.
Listen to Long Time Coming here:
Words by: Abdul-Jabbar Obiagwu