Five years after releasing “Mental Elevation,” a song that went viral on social media and hit 18 million views on YouTube, Triz, one of the first representatives in rap to come out as non-binary — people whose gender identity, which is how someone introduces herself to the world, she doesn’t fit either as a man or as a woman—, releases her first and eponymous album: “Triz”, featuring rapper Criolo and addressing the discovery of her sexuality.
Among the 10 tracks chosen for the album, the artist —who prefers to be called by the male pronoun— addresses the daily life of a young man who is getting to know his body and is looking for acceptance of his identity in family life, on the streets and at dances at surroundings of the Pedreira neighborhood, in the extreme south region of the city, where he lives. “Talking about this topic was something very necessary for my teenage self who was fully discovering himself”, says Triz.
The rapper also comments that it was during his transition that the desire to express what was going on in the verses of the songs arose. “I felt compelled to vent about that moment, talking about those themes that boiled in me with a lot of freshness. So, I started writing songs, and from that “vent” came some lyrics like “Tamo Vivao” and “Elevação Mental”, which contains narratives related to these themes of gender identity, sexuality and representation”.
“It was liberating at that moment to be able to put these issues in a strong way and being able to reach a lot of people. It was something really special for me”, says Triz about the song “Mental Elevation”, from 2017.
The repertoire ranges from rap, trap, funk and dancehall. The eclectic music taste is something the rapper brings back from childhood. “My history with music starts early. I started like many, singing in church at the age of five. Then I took guitar and singing lessons through a scholarship I had won at a music school linked to the church too.”
Another curiosity about the artist’s trajectory is that the 10 tracks released are part of another hundred songs that Triz has to release soon: “I think this is my way of saying that I came back and came back for real. I hope people enjoy it and follow my work”.
“Triz” is a powerful and current work for today’s times. “This album is a big milestone in my career. I feel that now I’m going to start writing even more my story in the scene and consolidate myself as an artist. This is my dream and that’s what I’ve been preparing for years”.
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