South African native Mo Racks brings
aggressive new style to hip-hop and R&B fusion
A lot of people who meet Hillary Morake would probably call her sweet, friendly and fashionable. All of those things are true. But when the South African artist dons her stage persona, Mo Racks, something unpredictable and raw starts to take over – something that brings a passion and aggressiveness to the music scene.
Her most recent single, “Smoke,” is the perfect example of this unique style of music. Combining the flavors of R&B and hip-hop with the House music that’s more native to her home country of South Africa, “Smoke” explores the relationship drama that can come from and up-and-down romance. It’s a song that showcases her ability to both sing and rap, while also bringing a powerful beat that demands listeners to move. Though it’s only been out for a short time, it has already garnered some major attention from fans all over the U.S. “I started my career about four years ago in South Africa making House music,” Mo Racks said.
“I’m a singer, and I have always listened to R&B music. I’ve also always felt shy and it wasn’t until I discovered rap music that I found this outlet to express what was in my heart and my head. I write all my songs. I feel like people receive my message better in rap than just singing. I’m still doing both things in my music, and this song is kind of a perfect blend of everything that I do.”
The single will be one of six on an upcoming EP that she said is set to drop in mid-February. All of the songs on that EP will deal with the experiences of her life and the journeys she has taken to get to where she is today in her career.
“This EP will really be about getting to know me and how I am as a musician,” she said. “I don’t say much or speak much on a daily basis, but through my music you can get to know me.
Everything in this EP is true and has happened to me or I’ve seen it – and I put it all into song. Coming from a family of entertainers – my mom was a model and my grandma was a dancer – I always knew what it looked like to entertain other people. But now I’m taking it to another level, and this EP is my first steps toward taking it further and trying to go international.”
Mo Racks worked with engineer Alexey Vonorov on the EP and said she credits a lot of his work for the unique sound that comes through on the project. She also said the EP is just the first of many new projects to come this year, and she’s eager for fans to check out some of the new music she’s been working on.
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