BLVQ IRIS, formally known as Masedi Mathe, is a Cape Town-born rapper, songwriter, and producer. Her interest in music started at the age of 9 through her obsession with pop icon Michael Jackson. Her love for hip hop began at the age of 12 after she discovered Eminem’s song, “The Way I Am”. Feeling misunderstood for most of her teenage years, IRIS sought refuge in the rawness and unapologetic expression in hip hop music. She began writing and recording her own music at the age of 14.
Drawing influences from artists such as Eminem, Jay-Z and Kendrick Lamar, her voice has a compelling rawness and uniqueness, augmenting the appeal of her artistry. Up to date, IRIS has only released three singles but has performed at numerous events around Cape Town. She has hosted a total of seven events and headlined four of them as her own events between 2016 and 2020.
Her highly anticipated lead single “Pricey” feat. Cheddiss T was released on the 3rd of September 2020 and the single received a lot of positive reviews and it was certified as a street banger even us we vibe with it a lot. Inspired by events of betrayal in friendships and relationships, her debut project “The Company You Keep” consists of six songs that were released on the 19th of September 2020. The EP is available on all streaming platforms and you can catch it up below. Click below and tell what you think about the track.