With his sensual mix of poetic rap and evocative balladry tinged with a trap bravado, Nanpa Básico’s passionate flow offers a big heart to alternative hip-hop. Inspired by the breathtaking emotions of love and tenderness, the Colombian wordsmith releases the incandescent cut “Solecito,” a gorgeous breezy ballad buoyed by love-letter poetry. “Soy una ramita para que me alivien tus soles,” he sweetly croons.
“When we think about light and energy, the first thing that comes to mind is the sun,” says Nanpa Básico about his latest single. “Throughout our lives, we usually have someone who is like our sun. In my case, it’s the woman I love most in this world, the one who has inspired many of my songs, including this one.”
Aside from his sincere verses, his unique style is truly captivating. His body and face are decorated with folkloric and indigenous tattoos, and his swagger is charged with an urban-bohemian flair — a standout in the urbano and Latin alternative scenes. With four studio albums and two compilations under his belt and a slew of singles, the Colombian rapper is gearing up to drop his next record by the end of the year, Unicornio.
“For many of us, a unicorn is a sort of totem, a spirit animal. My music is a bit different. There’s a notion of fantasy to it, how I perceive the world,” he points out. “I wanted to create something that didn’t exist before, but it has existed in a way, like a unicorn. It’s important for my music to have depth. Without depth there’s nothing.”