Along with the DMV and California, Texas also has a pretty sizeable Ethiopian community, with Dallas having the biggest concentration. And Dallas is where Samsonyte, a young Ethiopian-American artist, calls home.
In 2017, the now 22-year-old rapper self-released his debut album The Muse, which accumulated tons of streams across all platforms. Samsonyte’s 12-track debut album contained “Lucy,” an uber-smooth track sampling Dr. Dre’s “Xxplosive” and Erykah Badu’s “Bag Lady” (which actually sampled “Bumpy’s Lament” by Soul Mann & the Brothers, but I digress…).
Committed to turning music into his profession, Samsonyte has recently quit his day job to pursue music full-time and focus on his sophomore album. Listing André 3000, Pharrell Williams, and J. Cole as his main influences, Samsonyte is here to share his jazzy neo-soul and retro vibes with the world.