YAHYA, New York-Based Sudanese alternative rap recording artist, kicks off 2023 with the release of a heavy-hitting new EP, Made It Out of Purgatory.

The EP displays Yahya trying to escape the self-induced nightmarish “dream life” where all is seemingly good, but only because of his direct choice to ignore his own pain, emotions and feelings in a bid to please others and do exactly what they expect from him. For YAHA, the project was inspired by growth; He explained:

“The overall theme of the story is release and growth, and the next album this EP leads us into will be the full exploration of this release of the old, and growth into the new with full confidence and faith that this is all meant for me, but it starts here on this project. The story is about me escaping from the destructive cycles that have kept me trapped, whether that was my emotions, my thought patterns, or just who I was allowing myself to be in my moments of weakness.”

YAHYA is an exciting genre-bending prospect in the world of rap music. His creative flair and penchant for diverse soundscapes has seen the Sudanese native fusing his hip-hop foundations together with trap, rock, and R&B sensibilities to create a sound that stands by itself in today’s hip-hop and rap landscape. Made It Out of Purgatory allows the rising star to be honest with himself.

He added: “The EP speaks to learning how to be yourself again after healing your heart and healing your perspectives, so that you can move forward in your blessings. It is also about coming to understand that to move forward, you must first be still, and within that stillness, you can really slow the life around you right down, so you can see everything you were meant to attain from a certain space. The EP tells my story of addressing your life’s cycles, and shedding those destructive behaviours and patterns by being honest with yourself”.

Made It Out of Purgatory is available everywhere via own imprint. Watch the visual for “LOV3FLY” here.