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Listen to Li Heat’s “Victim”: Re-Upped

By Donna-Claire Chesman on

Welcome to Re-Upped, Audiomack’s new editorial series dedicated to spotlighting the best and hottest new songs across genres and across the globe. For a playlist of all Re-Upped selections, click here. Enjoy the vibes.

Li Heat — “Victim” feat. BIG30

Inspired by NoCap, Tee Grizzley, and Lil Baby, Birmingham’s Li Heat scorches frenetic production with his gnawing flow. Breaking out in 2020 with the viral “007,” and spotlighted as one of 10 rappers you need to know in July of that year, Li Heat’s rise feels impressively quick, considering he started recording music in 2019. In the few years since, he’s sharpened his pen and delivery, making him one to watch from Alabama, along with collaborators Big Yavo and Luh Soldier.

Heatin’ Up, Li Heat’s latest mixtape, is packed with menacing bangers, of which “Victim” is the clear standout. Produced by JD Krazy, and with a feature from BIG30—who truly caught rap’s attention with his verse on Pooh Shiesty’s “Neighbors”—“Victim” is two-and-a-half minutes of gruesome and cold-hearted imagery, and streetwise quotables. Overtop a cascade of skeleton keys, Li Heat and BIG30 demonstrate an irresistible chemistry.

“'Victim' is about dudes playing the gangsta role for an image when it’s just a front because they think it’s cool,” Li Heat tells Audiomack. “We shot the video in Atlanta and had all of our people pop out. Big30 is killing the game right now so I had to get him on the track.”

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