Rapper, singer, songwriter and record producer Marcus Haran dropped his new single and video this week for “HBSL (Hot Boy from Sri Lanka)” and it’s a slick personal track that’s setting a new tone for the artist.
“Despite being stereotyped all over the world, ‘HBSL (Hot Boy from Sri Lanka)’ is a representation of the beauty and glamour of Sri Lanka,” the artist said.
Born in Paris but raised in Canada, the singer also admitted that his upcoming EP offers a departure from what he’s done before. “I’ve let go of all my worries and neglects and moved onto more of a dark, comical side that shows more of the sins, my thoughts and my upbringing,” he added.
Last year, Haran launched his conceptual EP, A True Story: A Soundscape to In-Difference, that got personal with his sometimes painful childhood; dealing with vitiligo, the rare skin condition; and being a refugee.
Coming through all of that, he said that he’s considering calling his upcoming album, “Scar Lanka”. “It’s more of a split personality and showing my flaws and having fun with it,” he said. “Talking more about things I can relate to, that being the upbringing of my young adult years, being around drug dealers, studios, snakes, ballers, women… And understanding loyalty.”