Thursday 29 June 2023
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A fresh take on hip hop, with a futuristic sound, from this American rap talent 

To call 070 Shake hip hop would be a misrepresentation. Even though 25-year-old Daniella Balbuena broke through in 2018, thanks to a guest performance on Kanye West’s album YE, and has since worked with legendary rappers Pusha T and Nas, the emo rap label that she is usually slapped with does not do justice to her musical universe. 

The debut album Modus Vivendi (2020) and the follow-up You Can’t Kill Me, which was released in the summer of 2022, do include elements of trap and autotune. However, they also bring a raw melancholy and a druggy mood, popularised by XXXTentacion and Lil Peep. 

Balbuena’s flow is slow and emotionally expressive, she sings as often as she raps, and the productions are often futuristic and with a synth-pop feel. Fundamentally, she is a curious musician, driven by the need to expand the expression of hip hop. 

Even though her records are recorded in intimate and often claustrophobic rooms, 070 Shake is uniquely extrovert on stage. She interacts dynamically with the audience, and she is unpredictable and spontaneous while practicing effective crowd control – something she is ready to demonstrate at Roskilde Festival 2023.