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Nixxon just dropped his new EP titled For No Good Reason

Toronto, ON – Toronto artist Nixxon (formerly known as JesseRay) just dropped his highly anticipated new EP titled For No Good Reason.

This EP comes to us as a condensed five-track body of work to mark a new artistic direction for Nixxon. It’s a project fuelled by hazy auto-tuned vocals laced over top of production by Nixxon and his fellow Torontonians Zlender, Gio Espanol, and Rekkzone, as well as outsourced production from Atlanta-based trio The Shadowz.

Nixxon’s M.O. has always centred around very emotive songs. This project delivers just that by giving us a roller coaster of personal anecdotes, including “Beast”, which was written after Nixxon parted ways with his former manager; “Fall”, which was written after Nixxon and his girlfriend broke up; and “Bandz,” which serves as an anthem for anyone who’s gone broke trying to pursue a dream.

For No Good Reason: We caught up with Nixxon to break down his new EP - HipHopCanada.com

In case you’re not familiar, Nixxon was one of the founding members of Bulleez N Nerdz with Abel Tesfaye (aka: The Weeknd). We actually had a really lengthy chat about his history back in 2014.

That being said, I hesitate to hash up Nixxon’s former association with The Weeknd because I don’t think he needs that affiliation to get plays on his music. He’s spent the last few years really honing in on his own sound. When I first started listening to him (as JesseRay) there was a definitive XO sound that he was trying to emulate. But along with his name change to Nixxon came a wave of music with a signature Nixxon sound.

He’s still got that eerie dark undertone within every track. But he’s gotten a lot more personal with his listeners. These songs are much less elusive and vague, compared to a lot of the material JesseRay release. These songs are much more telling of the firsthand experiences Nixxon has gone through recently. It may all fall under the guise of being “For No Good Reason”. But there’s more to it.

The title for this EP actually came from a night of Netflixing, when Nixxon found himself watching the Johnny Depp movie entitled For No Good Reason. The title resonated with Nixxon so that’s what he opted to call his EP.


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Sarah Jay is HipHopCanada's Associate Editor in Chief. Sarah is based in Calgary and works as a freelance journalist and photographer. Sarah is also a former A&R talent scout for the Universal Music Scouting Program, and runs a vintage store during the day. Sarah has juried the JUNO Awards, The Polaris Music Prize, and The Prism Prize. She has been fortunate enough to interview and photograph some of hip-hop's greatest influencers including Future, ScHoolboy Q, Ghostface Killah, Moka Only, Maestro Fresh Wes, Shad, Joey Bada$$, Mac Miller, and more. Follow Sarah on Twitter: @ThisIsSarahJay

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