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To Space and Back: Meet AniLi Mars, Philly’s most tripped-out hip-hop auteur

AniLi Mars | photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN
AniLi Mars | photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN

“Just blink twice and I’m there where you are / I was off the radar cuz I had to go to Mars / and them faces on the surface told me / Ms. Mars you an ancient, you an O.G.”

On her single, “Ego,” Philly-based MC / producer AniLi Mars delivers confident, stream-of-consciousness raps that range from cocky posturing to space traveling and sci-­fi adventuring. Mars’ confident, rapid-fire flow dances over a bed of thick 808, trap drums and dreamy, reverb-soaked vocal harmonies. Peruse her Soundcloud, you’ll find dozens of catchy songs of light and self-actualization filtered through colorful, self­-produced tracks and a youthful, futuristic aesthetic. Continue reading →