TheHxliday isn’t afraid to tap into his feelings. Equal parts introspective and inspiring, the 19-year-old artist is very comfortable with the concept of openness. Through his pop-infused hip-hop, TheHxliday showcases his approach to understanding and digesting life. TheHxliday got serious about music at age 13, after his mom, who was in an alt-rock band called Chick Flick, introduced him to GarageBand and showed him how to loop beats.
With music in his bloodline and an incredibly wide-ranging array of genres in his headphones—his favorite artists include My Chemical Romance, Bruno Mars, and Eazy-E—TheHxliday refined and established his own sound across a year of making music in his bedroom. On songs like “Laugh a Little”—from his New Year’s Day Batbxy EP— the rising Baltimore star born Noah Malik Lee offers sage advice for healing oneself while sounding as playful as the title suggests. As a member of the industry-shifting, DIY SoundCloud rap class of the mid-2010s, TheHxliday stands decidedly apart from his peers. TheHxliday’s life changed after dropping his 2018 hit “Enemy.” It’s the ultimate Gen Z breakup anthem, telling the story of the inner strength required to move forward after a toxic relationship ends. It expanded his creative circle to include the inimitable Motown Records, and the Lyrical Lemonade video crew based in Chicago. TheHxliday then followed up with his biggest hit to date “Save Me.” By combining his passion for rock, pop, hip-hop, and R&B, TheHxliday created a mercurial style that refuses to be boxed into any genre.
“Wit Dat (feat. Polo G)” is the latest entry in an impressively productive streak for TheHxliday. On St. Patrick’s Day, he shared the speaker-knocking “Opps,” which was the first single to follow his recent EP, Batbxy. Released on New Year’s Day, Batbxy shows off TheHxliday’s uncanny knack for infectious and otherworldly melodies. Across the EP’s six tracks, which include singles like the moody “Thank U” and the carefree “Laugh A Little,” the young artist sings with an uplifting energy that belies the pain expressed in the lyrics. Most recently, TheHxliday released an emotional visual for the R&B-influenced banger “Nxbody,” and a romantic clip for his Gen Z love anthem “Batgirl.”