Ashnikko serves looks and gives us a show in her VEVO live performances of “Deal With It” and “Daisy.”
Vevo announces the release of Ashnikko’s DSCVR performances of “Daisy” and “Deal With It” off her new mixtape Demidevil. Vevo DSCVR focuses on the development of emerging artists, through performance content and careful curation.
London-based, American-born rapper and singer Ashnikko makes genre-bending hip-hop and electronic pop, marked by her hyper-stylized, anime and video game-influenced persona. Art, music and sexual liberation are the three most potent ingredients in Ashnikko’s rebellion. Born and raised in suburban Greensboro, North Carolina, her parents raised her on a musical diet comprised exclusively of country music and Slipknot. Spending her teenage years in Eastern Europe, Ashnikko buried herself in music, listening exclusively to female artists until she was 17 – specifically proudly feminist and sex-positive female artists – all of whom shaped her early sound. As soon as she turned 18, she moved to London and spent her nights wandering nightclubs and open mics, eventually establishing a home for herself in the community.
In 2017, she released a digital EP, the Raf Riley-produced Sass Pancakes, which included the track “Krokodil.” A second EP followed in 2019, Unlikeable, featuring the song “No Brainer.” In 2019, Ashnikko returned with the five-track EP Hi It’s Me, which featured “Stupid” with Yung Baby Tate. “Stupid” went viral on several platforms, helping it reach number one on both the Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 chart and the Bubbling Under R&B/Hip-Hop chart. That same year, she toured with Danny Brown, before releasing “Cry,” her collaboration with Grimes, in June of 2020.
Between Ashnikko’s aesthetic, uniqueness, and raw talent, we can’t tell what we love most! For me personally, being a Greensboro native myself and an aspiring openly queer artist, Ashnikko is a local legend. Not many people know she’s from here, because if you know anything about Greensboro, North Carolina, it’s nothing like Ashnikko. I’m thankful for Ashnikko’s success and continued killer releases, and these live performances from VEVO only inspire me more.
When I started watching the video for “Deal With It,” I was mesmerized by Ashnikko’s energy immediately. Her jewelry, her outfit, her shoes, her hair, and the polychromatic setting all had my focus. Ashnikko has a way of grabbing your attention in some way or another, but her charisma stands out most to me. She has a way of naturally keeping your attention once she gets you hooked in the beginning. Her lyrics are catchy, the vocal melody is sure to get stuck in your head, and the combined hip-hop and pop elements make “Deal With It” a certified bop. This live performance belongs in all your YouTube Playlists!
The live performance for “Daisy” is another blessing Ashnikko gifted us. Not only does the track have addictive and relatable lyrics, but her vocals perfectly compliment the production of the song. Ash makes it seem so easy and fun to perform these songs, which makes us want to put this video on repeat and dance along with her! I definitely won’t be able to get this song out of head for weeks. This video is also a must-add to your YouTube Playlists!
Be sure to check out both performances above, and be sure to stream “Daisy” and “Deal With It” on all platforms! Also, be sure to keep up with exclusive content from artists all over the world on YouTube.com/Vevo.
Ashnikko on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ashnikko/?hl=en
Ashnikko on Twitter: https://twitter.com/ashnikko?s=20
Written By: Bryce Quartz