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R&B crooner Felixx soars to new heights after conquering quarantine

The ingenious EP (QuaRNB) he’d originally intended to release never saw the light of day due to recording restrictions and overall COVID-19 protocol. However, a standout track, “Black Man,” did. more than 120,000 YouTube streams later — in a single day at that — it was picked up by Pandora, among other national playlists, including Spotify (Black Lives Matter playlist) and Diddy‘s REVOLT TV. Moreover, it did much to help lay a path that men of color could follow during these arduous times.

“I’m [lucky] being able to use [my] voice at a time like this,” Felixx says. “I’m blessed to have the song actually be picked up and supported … to hit No. 10 on iTunes, R&B and soul charts.

“I feel like the song was my opportunity to [address] systemic racism. People don’t understand how subconsciously being beat with that [mentality] is. [Like there] can only be one Black person … and how that creates a crabs-in-a-barrel mentality. It’s just kind of like, ‘Somebody’s got to be on top, and if I want to eat, I got to figure out how to be on top.’ I think we’re in a position now of wanting to break that mold, but it’s gonna take time. It’s gonna take a lot of time.”

As for the music, time won’t wait and neither did Felixx’s debut EP. Self-titled, distinct and laced with enough swag to earn him the moniker “Fresh Prince of R&B,” it’s a project that illustrates just how much he has reevaluated his calling while inevitably soaring to new heights.

“I always tell people every year I relearned myself,” he explains. “I think about the stuff I want to do, stuff I want to be good at. It’s just, it’s not the same. So I almost felt like it’s not a reintroduction. But it’s an introduction again, like, ‘Here I am again,’ but it’s not the same person.”

Born Felix Thompson, the extra X is there for reasons independent of Ebonics. “X is the Roman numeral for 10,” he explains carefully and precisely. “So, it was always like me times 10.”

Yeah, that Clark Kent-versus-Superman type flow. Ready, willing and capable of earning the distinction of being your favorite new R&B crooner.

Felixx.

Words by N. Ali Early

Photos courtesy of Oran “Prime” Williams

Stylist: Charlie Chuck 

DTLR stylist: David Storey

Creative direction: Briana Palmer

 

 

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