( ENSPIRE Music ) The Artist, Producer, and Mental Health Advocate Releases the EP During Minority Mental Health Awareness Month
ENSPIRE Contributor: Cindy Rodriguez-Llivipuma
Virginia-bred, LA-based rapper and vocalist Peter $un released his new EP Phone Calls Gimme Anxiety on July 22nd, 2022. The project is a growing process from his previous album, Scumbaby, and offers messages of growth, aspiration, and self-awareness.
From navigating his career to the loss of his brother to drug addiction; the EP is a therapeutic and transformative encapsulation of the artists’ experiences and emotions. $un elaborates, “This is my most vulnerable. I feel like it’s my growing process from Scumbaby. It’s a cocoon phase before the album where the transformation happens. This project was a venting moment for me and a closing chapter on my past.”
The artist consciously released the EP during Minority Mental Health Awareness Month to share the message of growth, learning how to deal with growing pains, and embracing change. The EP’s opening lead single, “Metamorphosis (Butterfly),” summarizes just that.
$un shares, “This was inspired by an energy of renewal. This was one of the first songs I wrote after my brother’s passing that I spoke on it at all. It was like a release of pent-up emotions and just throwing it all out. The message is growth. Learning how to deal with growing pains and becoming the person I see myself as and leaving the old me behind.”
The six-track EP features themes of personal growth, self-awareness, escapism, and retribution and ends with “U Smell Like Da Color Yellow”— a nod to both the neo-soul movement and his mother, who was the first to introduce him to the power of music as therapy.
The artist who has now generated millions of streams and earned acclaim from OnesToWatch, Lyrical Lemonade, DJ Booth, and many more, first gained traction with his 2016 mixtape Paradise Is A Day Away, and later in 2021 when he unveiled the album Scumbaby, which incited widespread tastemaker applause.
Now, via Mind of a Genius and Red Bull Records, Phone Calls Gimme Anxiety serves as a transformative phase for Peter $un’s next chapter. The EP has already received praise from All Hip-Hop, Attack the Culture, Consequence, Elevator, HipHopDX, HipHopWired, and many more.
Phone Calls Gimme Anxiety is out now on all major streaming platforms. Listen to the album and watch the music video for the lead single “Metamorphosis” above.