When I met Suriel last June at an event at Mass Apparel, he was going by the name Wilson and had just released a catchy single called “Double Dare” featuring the well-known Lowell duo StupidGenius, which would later make its way onto my “New England’s Top 50 Songs Of 2018” playlist. When I saw him perform that track a couple weeks later at Justin Clancy’s album release show, I had a good feeling he was going places.
Less than a year later, the Lynn native has made massive strides in his music career. In August he released another single featuring Rockie Fresh before dropping his debut album “Blank Slate” in October. It was the first project he ever released, but you wouldn’t know that by listening to it. Suriel has a polished sound that had already begun to draw significant attention in New England and beyond.
WBUR’s Candance McDuffie named “Blank Slate” one of her “7 Best Albums From Boston’s Hip-Hop Scene” in 2018. The video for “Real Life” came out in November and was presented by a popular clothing brand that now goes by the name of Hustle Culture. Suriel wrapped up the year with over 30,000 streams on Spotify and his album had only been out for two months.
Unsurprisingly, he’s carried that momentum in 2019. On April 12th, his video for “SLP” premiered on BET. A few days later, he had his first ever headlining show at the Middle East in Cambridge, where he performed his entire album. Suriel’s name isn’t the only thing that’s changed for the rapper in the past few months. His talent combined with his hustle have put him towards the forefront of the Boston music scene, and he’s not stopping there.
Check out the new video for “SLP”:
You can find Suriel’s music on all streaming platforms.
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