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As a multi-talented musician akin to a Swiss Army knife, Naji continues to hone his skills as a vocalist, producer, and overall sound engineer. The Erie, Pennsylvania artist emerged onto the scene through tracks like “Mona Lisa” with fellow Soulection talent Monte Booker and “Might Just” with Krs. and Kingbnjmn, highlighting his clever pen. In addition to his music ventures, Naji recently launched his Thousand Story platform and podcast aimed at dissecting what it means to be an independent creative.

Naji returns to our pages today with his latest EP titled Act I, serving as the follow-up to The Optimist from 2017. He opens with the self-produced “Misfit,” a product of a week-long trip in Los Angeles that captures the struggles of falling in love versus lust. Diving into “Blood, Sex & Magic,” Naji details the life of an independent artist over energetic production from The Kount. “Affairs” and “Forget About It” featuring Insightful ooze with passion and emotion to close out the project, leaving us excited to hear the rest of the trilogy slated to unravel throughout the year.

Stream Act I below.

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