Not Lookin'

by Shunaji

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Not Lookin' is the result of endless fluctuations between Shunaji's newly found hip hop paradigm and her longtime affection for everything rock, grunge and noise. With an ethereal use of sampling and reverb techniques, Not Lookin' achieves a soundscape that opens the door to cross-genre experimentation. Taking cues from the sonic spaces of Tangerine Dream and the distant bass lines of Sonic Youth, the track is a true reflection of Shunaji's eclecticism.

The rap vocals in Not Lookin' are reminiscent of Anthony Kiedis' delivery in Red Hot Chili Peppers' Blood Sugar Sex Magik (1991) as well as a homage to meta-genre collaborations such as Anthrax's with Public Enemy. Simultaneously, the hook evokes the bittersweet alternative rock lullabies of 90s vocalists Courtney Love, Shirley Manson and Skye Edwards.

lyrics

N to the O to the T to the LOOK,
Being with me is something you can't learn from any books.
Please excuse my promises, refusing boys like novices,
Impossible to stay on top of all these words I’m vomiting on you,
It’s my goo, watch it trickle on your crew,
I’m not lookin’, I’m just stuntin’ got my trunk like Betty Boop!
Beelzebub, demons chasing me, salute – but I’m faking it:
I’m sure we’ve never met before so you must be mistaken...
I’m a psychic, that’s so Raven, that coochie stays unshaven
Cooking Mama when I’m baking all the beats I've been creating
Casserole, undertaking many roles, I’m not interested at all,
No - I’m not interested at all...

You're not what I'm lookin' for,
You're not what I'm lookin' for,
You're not what I'm lookin' for,
Lookin' for, lookin' for, lookin' for...
You're not!
You're not what I'm lookin' for,
You're not what I'm lookin' for,
Lookin' for, lookin' for, lookin' for...oooh!

credits

released May 9, 2019
Written and produced by Shunaji

Vocals: Shunaji

Bass: Marla Mbemba

Drums: Sasha Create

Mixed by Jack Lewin

Mastered by Andrew Baldwin at Metropolis Studios

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Shunaji London, UK

Born in Lagos, raised in Rome and now based in London, Shunaji boasts that most rare, vital quality in an MC: a distinctive, ear-pricking sense of flow.

- Brownswood Recordings, Future Bubblers

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