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  • Writer's pictureLey Cola


The Lancey Foux epoch arises as the London artist officially announces his album, LIFE IN HELL, the enigmatic project that has left his dedicated fan base fiending for more. Three years in the making and many cryptic hints later, the highly-anticipated album is set to release on Friday, October 28th via Human Re Sources / The Orchard. Today’s announcement is coupled with the release of “SPIRIT OF X2C.” The warmly euphoric, piano-driven track is filled with soaring vocal harmonies and is the latest testament to Lancey’s expansive vision. The music video depicts Lancey and a veiled companion as they embrace before Lancey completes his transformation into the otherworldly figure that has become synonymous with this album. In recent weeks, he released “LANCEY OR LANCEY” and “ALL NIGHT LONG,” singles that introduced the sonically emotional experience of the album which explores a dystopian world that's full of dark rapture, twisted motives and ugly truths. Lancey is currently on tour, bringing LIFE IN HELL to audiences throughout North America, before he returns to London for a performance on November 18th, which sold out the 1400 capacity Outernet within moments. A second London date, November 17th, has been added due to popular demand and tickets are on sale now. Watch the “SPIRIT OF X2C” video here.

Every artist reaches an audience. Lancey Foux appeals to a cult. He engenders a staggering level of fanaticism from listeners who pour over the meaning of his lyrics and gleefully cop his trendsetting looks. Not only meeting, but exceeding a demand for artistic integrity, the UK rapper, creator, and style icon expanded this growing legend throughout the past year, stacking up more high profile cosigns, selling out headlining shows across the US and gracing the stages of many of the world’s premiere music festivals including Rolling Loud, Wireless, Splash! and Lyrical Lemonade’s Summer Smash. His story begins in Plaistow, East London. Hailing from Uganda, mom and dad spoke Acholi and English in the house. Lancey’s father stood out as a businessman and a DJ, introducing him to music from Uganda and Congo. During school, he flourished in English, drama, and “anything that had to do with the arts.” Studying old school records inspired him “to be more of a listener when others spoke.” As much as he paid attention to those around him, he also listened to everyone from Blade Brown and Skepta to Future and Lil Wayne. Once he picked up a mic, he unleashed a deluge of music, including Pink, First Day At Nursery, and Pink II. In 2019, he broke into the global conversation with FRIEND OR FOUX highlighted by “INDIA,” “DREAM,” and “GHETTO YOUT.” The momentum increased on FIRST DEGREE, which he laced with bangers such as “WHAT U WANT” [feat. Skepta] and “Don’t TALK.” Attracting critical applause, Study Breaks hailed him as “an unexpected rockstar in the making,” and PAPER declared, “There Are No Limits to Lancey Foux.” Lancey has been championed by notable cultural figures like Hector Bellerin, Virgil Abloh, Matthew Williams, Rick Owens, Samuel Ross, Playboi Carti, Wizkid and many more. Simultaneously, he appeared as a model for Givenchy, Alexander McQueen, Jordan, Mulberry, MISBHV and RHUDE, to name a few. During 2021, he spent May through September in the States, visiting Los Angeles, New York, Atlanta, and Las Vegas, recording at a prolific pace, and assembling what would become his mixtape LIVE.EVIL. Standouts from the mixtape include “OUTTAMYMIND!” featuring Lil Yachty and “25WAGG3DOU2” which have been catalysts for massive mosh pits at recent shows. Often named as an inspiration by many of the new generation rappers, his recent musical collaborations include standout features on Yeat's breakout album, 2 Alivë, KayCyy's single “Look What I Found” and Tana's viral hit “Swaggin Like This.” Earlier this year, Lancey was profiled by AnOther Magazine for their summer print issue, where he spoke candidly following his appearance at the 1017 Alyx 9SM's fashion show in Milan. He also took some time during his last tour to sit down with Kids Take Over to discuss his artistic process and share some wisdom about the UK rap scene. With his album release looming large, he has finally started to receive his flowers as NME declared that “Lancey Foux has a legacy in UK music that some still haven’t appreciated yet, but will surely know about soon.”

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