This week's picks for Song of the Day were chosen by Kevin Cole, host of The Afternoon Show on KEXP, highlighting standout artists from the 2020 Eurosonic Festival in Groningen, Netherlands. Today's Song of the Day is “WAY2” by FLOHIO, a 2019 single on ALPHA.
photo by Stefon Grant
written by Janice Headley

Always been the hopeful type
Spoke to myself and my sound this bright
Building my future it looks so nice

You know you're doing something right when legendary supermodel Naomi Campbell cites you as one of the "10 Women Changing Our Future" in Vogue Magazine. For the past few years, British-Nigerian rapper Flohio has been gaining momentum with her speedy delivery, powerful messages, and experimental beats. Born Funmi Ohiosumah, her love for rap grew from days afterschool spent watching Channel U (a now-defunct UK music video channel, like MTV). She began writing lyrics at age 13. 

“What I write about is where I was in the past, where I am now, and where I see myself in the future,” she said in an interview with Crack Magazine. “So, in my future, I’ll rap about what I want for myself, my friends, my family. And the present is the bullshit and happiness I’m going through at the moment. I can’t rap about cars because I don’t have one, I don’t bust guns. I’m from south London so I rap a lot about my community. I’m true to who I am and writing about what I’m living.”

She teams up with sibling production duo SPLURGEBOYS, fellow South London residents, on her track “WAY2”, which celebrates their neighborhood. Check out the video below, directed by Ethan Barrett and Tom Gullam, following Flohio as she walks around the city. 

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