Known for her ethereal swagger and mesmerizing cadences, rapper Bktherula is quickly rising to the top of the rap game. Today, the 21-year-old artist shares “TATTI,” a ferocious new single ahead of her upcoming album LVL5 P2. “TATTI” sees Bk on a haunting, minimal instrumental, with buzzing synths, subsonic 808s, and plenty of negative space for the rapper to fill with her force of personality.
The Atlanta native takes a moment to feed her ego, rocking an offbeat inflection to request nudes from her groupies and laugh in the face of critics. In the video, which uses a film grain filter to mimic 90s-era home movies, Bk gives a glimpse into her day-to-day: she taunts the camera in close-up as she kicks back in a tour van, pours champagne drinks, and flirts with femme fatales.
“‘TATTI’ is a byproduct of me feeling myself,” says Bktherula. “Sometimes, it’s good to be self-centered, but it shouldn’t last longer than a full day, or the spirit of ego will take over. Let it in for a while, but always remember when to kick it out.”
Bktherula kicked off 2023 on a high note with LVL5 P1, her most popular and acclaimed project to date. The sizzling 10-song set includes singles like “TAN,” “PSSYONFT,” “FOREVER PT. 2 (JEZEBEL)” ft. Destroy Lonely, and “CRAZY GIRL,” which earned a remix featuring NBA YoungBoy. LVL5 P1 earned praise from outlets like REVOLT, PAPER, and Pitchfork, who called it Bk’s “best mixtape yet.” LVL5 P1 and the “FIVE Tour” highlighted a breakthrough year for the young artist, which also included a “zesty” TikTok trend that highlighted earlier songs like “UH HUH” (80k creations) and “Tweakin Together” (53k creations).
Bk capitalized on the momentum generated by LVL5 P1 with the “FIVE Tour,” which sold out 15 dates across the country. Earlier this month, Bk was mentioned in a feature about women in hip-hop by her hometown newspaper The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, who wrote, “Bktherula’s become known for launching a unique wave of rap that sounds like it’s just as influenced by the Internet and R&B melodies as it is influenced by trap music.”
With LVL5 P2 on the way, Bktherula continues to rise. Stay tuned as she forges rap’s future with uncompromising style and verve.
Blending dystopian soundscapes with jumpy flows and ethereal melodies, Bktherula makes a new kind of rap psychedelia. Since breaking out with “Left Right” in 2019, she’s oscillated between raucous cloud rap and gentle R&B, fusing impressionistic songwriting with complex musicality to create affecting anthems that feel futuristic and universal. The 20-year-old has been rewarded with a growing legion of fans and a slot, in many critics’ estimations, as Atlanta’s next up. She’s planted more seeds with “Forever, Part 2 (Jezebel),” a celestial offering from LVL 5, Part 1, her new EP on Warner Records. A young Bk began absorbing the sounds of acts like A Tribe Called Quest and Michael Jackson alongside her dad, a rapper who was in a group that opened for Tribe. With that musical upbringing, she was already uploading her own music to SoundCloud by age 13. Soon, she unloaded “Faygo” and “Left Right,” two singles that promptly went viral. As of today, “Left Right” has earned tens of millions of streams across multiple platforms. It also helped her secure a deal with Warner Records. Now, Bk is looking to continue her level up with major international music festival performances and NYFW and London Fashion Week runway shows. American headline tour. She is also committed to embracing herself like never before. Battling doubts and the occasional spurt of negativity is a type of spiritual warfare that’s led Bk to increased self-acceptance, a journey that empowers herself and her fans.