Lil Seyi continues his EP’s narrative on empowering ‘Leather Free Seats’

Taken from new EP ‘A Blue Tesla Story’ released via Kitsuné Musique

Rising Maryland born artist Lil Seyi is returns brand new release ‘Leather Free Seats’, following on from recent single ‘AC Press’, lifted from the new EP ‘A Blue Tesla Story’ due this summer through Kitsuné Musique.

After the release of several singles and a wonderful ‘Remixes EP’, Lil Seyi has worked hard to come back with a project that lives up to his artistic ambitions. ‘A Blue Tesla Story’ is more than just four songs, it is a whole story, which must be listened to in its entirety, composed and performed by a young man whose trajectory is on the rise. 

Seyi, who has always been fascinated by golden era hiphop and offers an EP that combines the classic codes of the genre with his personal influences. Channeling the strong political messaging of groups like N.W.A and Public Enemy and the current social commentary of peers like Kendrick Lamar. The diversity and originality of his compositions remind us of Kanye West’s achievements, while the structure of the project and the way of linking the tracks remind us of Frank Ocean’s creations.   

Seyi explains: “The nameless main character in a A Blue Tesla Story isn’t perfect, far from it actually. The EP even opens up with him going on a joyride, rear ending a car and driving away from the scene (hit and run). This decision leads to a series of events that end in the tragic passing away of his brother at the hands of the highway patrol. The EP continues as we follow the life of this main character as he deals with the public eye of this very public trial seeking justice for his brother. We see him getting support from protestors, but we also see him under heavy scrutiny as his involvement with credit card scamming surfaces. In the end, we find him left with nothing at all as time passes by and neither the supporters nor critics seemed to care about him or his late brother anymore.”

About ‘Leather Free Seats’: “In the immediate aftermath, the police officer is put on trial to determine if his actions were justified by law. We see our main character go through an internal struggle, battling survivors guilt, trauma of seeing his brother’s blood spilled on the seats, and anger towards the police officer, his church that ignored his pain, and himself. Everything is extremely publicized and polarizing, especially when the background and past run ins with the law of his late brother is brought into question. Regardless, protesters are still upset with the officer who killed this unarmed black man, and believe that this killing was racially motivated, chaos erupts outside the courtroom as the verdict is given – not guilty.”

Born in Prince George’s county Maryland to Nigerian Immigrants, music has always been a part of Seyi’s life. Before high-school, Seyi had taught himself how to play the guitar and drums and not so long after that he picked up the keyboard and taught himself how to produce music.

Seyi worked hard to take on the responsibilities that come with being an artist. Now he’s back with ‘A Blue Tesla Story’, an EP where thoughtful storytelling honours the wonderful music Seyi has composed for this new project.

Leather Free Seats / 21 June