Video: Xenai – Ugly

Xenai is a Los Angeles, USA-based rapper who likes to take his listeners to a different world with each new track. His latest Ugly, however, feels very grounded in the world we all share, and the conflicts people create.

By Graeme Smith

Feature photo by Ruby Alva & Anton Miraj

Ugly talks of how the music industry is westernised. With that comes biased standards of beauty, with the genuine heritage of other cultures shunned. Xenai challenges the wisdom of changing oneself to fit in and, as a result, both the track and video are stunningly beautiful.

Xenai takes influences from contemporaries likes Russ, J. Cole, Kendrick Lamar and The Weeknd. Fans of any of those artists will find a lot to love about Ugly. You can watch the video below.

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