It’s important for the kids coming up to see they can be successful without resorting to negativity
There’s no denying the critical importance of music during uncertain times. The best artists have their hands on the pulse of their generation, and they aren’t afraid to speak their truth at all cost. Aha Gazelle is one such artist.
Raised in New Orleans, a city known for its deep musical history, Aha has positioned himself to add to the region’s ever-evolving legacy. The burgeoning rapper, producer and singer-songwriter blends a myriad of influences—from trap to R&B and soul—to create a sound uniquely his own. After making a name for himself while attending the historical Grambling State University and releasing FREE Barabbas and Trilliam in 2015 and 2016, respectively, Aha signed with the Atlanta-based Reach Records and released his first mixtape, Trilliam 2, at the top of 2017. It peaked at #3 on the iTunes Hip-Hop/Rap charts and cemented Aha as one to watch. His smash single “Momma House” turned heads everywhere, taking social media by storm, entering Spotify’s US Viral Top 50 chart and receiving airplay on BET Jams. Put simply, Aha did what he came to do: capture our attention with a message of hope, strength, and non-conformity.
Now Aha is set to take what he’s built to the next level. Enter Trilliam 3, Aha’s highly anticipated mixtape to complete the Trilliam trilogy. From start to finish, there’s a passion that shines through and arrests the listener’s mind and heart. The subject matter has Aha grappling with questions of faith, equality, social justice, and his role as an artist with a growing platform.
“Trilliam 3 is the climax of how I’ve been feeling about multiple things over the last couple of years,” Aha says. “Especially the politics of being a successful black male under 25 in America. It’s something I’ve been digesting lately and it’s definitely spilling into the music.”
The bass-heavy single “Back In My Bag” describes a time when Aha almost succumbed to being who others wanted him to be. But before he fell into the trap, he decided to change course. He raps: “You can’t play this game from the bleachers / So I practice everything I’m preaching.”