New Music Critique: Atomic Mandela

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Contact: mandelapromotions@gmail.com
Web: youtube.com, @AtomicMandela
Seeking: Label, Booking, Management
Style: Hip-Hop/Rap

Higher-consciousness rapper Atomic Mandela hails from SoCal, with familial roots in El Salvador, Ethiopia and Eritrea, which has enriched a deep faith in his music. We hear a retro sound in the socially provocative “Martin X,” reminiscent of NWA or Run the Jewels. While all tracks employ clever wordplay, many lyrics are laden with biblical passages and references. In “Eve” (“like R-I-B”), we hear “Out of all the Marys, she’s my Magdalene,” over Dre-esque beats. At times, working in certain scripture (Phillippians 4:13 in “Get Right with God”) comes out clunky and unbalanced. With a bit more work on technique, Atomic Mandela will definitely hook an audience, as there is demand for faith-endorsed hip-hop.