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HBSL: Toronto-based Sri Lankan refugee Marcus Haran releases new video
Marcus Haran (Photo: Supplied)

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HBSL: Toronto-based Sri Lankan refugee Marcus Haran releases new video

Toronto-based Sri Lankan refugee Marcus Haran has released new visuals for his single, “HBSL (Hot Boy from Sri Lanka).” It’s Haran’s first release since his deeply personal 2018 debut EP, A True Story: A Soundscape to In-Difference (available here).

“HBSL (Hot Boy from Sri Lanka)” is available now on Apple Music, Spotify, and other digital streaming platforms.

The new video was directed by Es-Ef and brought to you by The Commission. You can find the video below along with the accompanying press release.


Toronto hip-hop artist Marcus Haran releases new video for “HBSL (Hot Boy from Sri Lanka)”

Marcus Haran has released “HBSL (Hot Boy from Sri Lanka)” — his new single ahead of his sophomore EP release — available now via Toronto-based music company, The Commission Entertainment Corp.

“This is a departure from my last album,” Haran notes ahead of the track’s forthcoming video release. “It’s a more fun, witty and clever side of me.”

“Despite being stereotyped all over the world, “HBSL (Hot Boy from Sri Lanka)” is a representation of the beauty and glamour of Sri Lanka!”

The EP the track will reside on is also a departure for Haran. “I’ve let go of all my worries and neglects and moved onto more of a dark, comical side that shows more of the sins, my thoughts and my upbringing,” he shares.

 
HBSL: Toronto-based Sri Lankan refugee Marcus Haran releases new video

Marcus Haran (Photo: Supplied)

Haran is referencing last year’s debut EP A True Story: A Soundscape to In-Difference, the 10-track conceptual album that delivered a real, raw, truth-telling tome touching on his history being a Parisian-born Sri Lankan refugee, having vitiligo, and painful childhood memories of being used as a drug mule, and experiences with depression and abuse.

“This album, I’m thinking of naming it ‘Scar Lanka,'” he continues. “It’s more of a split personality and showing my flaws and having fun with it. Talking more about things I can relate to, that being the upbringing of my young adult years, being around drug dealers, studios, snakes, ballers, women… And understanding loyalty.”

HBSL: Toronto-based Sri Lankan refugee Marcus Haran releases new video

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