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With a treasure trove of credits ranging from Jeremih, Ty Dolla $ign, A Boogie wit da Hoodie, Craig David, Stefflon Don, and K-Pop favoritesSuperM, U.K. upstart Ebenezer struck gold early on in his career as a prolific songwriter and producer. His penchant for sticky hooks slithered its way to his debut EP, 2018's ​Bad Romantic,​ where highlights were abundant, including the summery intro "South of France" and the swaggering anthem "Stats."

His magnetic confidence and indomitable work ethic have allowed him to zoom up music's hierarchy, especially after his smoldering follow-up effort ​53 Sundays​ and his latest masterpiece, 2020 EP ​Bad Romantic II​. For the latter, the U.K.'s swiss army knife puts on an exhilarating one-person exhibition, flexing his hip-hop and R&B muscles on the six-track project, as he rapped, sung, wrote, produced, and mixed the mini collection all by himself. Whether he's playing the petty lothario on "3am in London" or savoring his muse's imperfections on "Flaws and All," Ebenezer cunningly tap dances his way through the hearts and ears of his fans with enthusiasm. "There's no TikTok, no dances, and no gimmicks," Ebenezer says regarding his hit song. "It's literally music, my heart on the paper, and the airwaves."

Amassing over 2 million views on YouTube for the track's official video, "Flaws and All" received the remix treatment when Ebenezer recruited Chicago trap master Lil Durk for the vibrant sequel. The results were electric, as Ebenezer proved he's no rookie when tag-teaming with high-profiled rap stars. Even on the remix for "3am in London," Ebenezer tangoes with a familiar face in Stefflon Don, as the U.K.'s prized gems dazzle with their spirited chemistry. With the remix brimming with potential, Ebenezer looks to topple his previous effort of 1.3 million streams, which he reeled in on the original record without any push.

Though Ebenezer relishes whipping up moody vibes, the world's current battle with racial injustice prompted him to take a step back and create a riveting anthem for the Black community. Titled "Melanin," he valiantly takes a stand against racism and embraces the beauty behind his skin color. "I'm Black, and I'm proud," he chants on the powerful track.

With a renewed appreciation for his Blackness along with extra time in the studio due to the global pandemic of the coronavirus, Ebenezer is sharper than ever. Since the start of quarantine in March, the multifaceted star has provided fans a sneak peek into his studio endeavors on Instagram Live. His weekly "Quarantine Sessions" showcases his exponential growth as an artist, songwriter, and producer, as he waits to release his upcoming four-track EP, ​Bad Romantic 2.5​.

"I'm just a guy from North London who is getting received very well in places like Chicago, Atlanta, LA, and New York," he gushes. "It's just an amazing feeling."


Bad Romantic 2.5

September 11, 2020