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Making a Wave Ft. Viisi | COVER STORY

Matthew Borley’s journey is a testament to the magic of fives. At the tender age of fourteen, this high school freshman dropped his very first rough-cut track. Little did he know that five years down the road, he’d be touring Europe, captivating audiences in the sunny South of France with his electrifying performances.

The spark that ignited his passion for music came from his father, who introduced him to select verses from ’90s hip-hop legends and the controversial wordsmith of his era, Eminem. Matthew’s connection with the cutting and unapologetic persona of hip-hop left an indelible mark on his young soul. His father, a careful curator, shared the deeper lines from classics like ‘Stan’ rather than the typical PG-13 fare.

Driven by an insatiable curiosity, Matthew, also known as ‘viisi’ (Finnish for ‘five’), embarked on a clandestine journey through the hip-hop universe, discovering Eminem, Dr. Dre, Tupac, and Biggie. This obsession laid the foundation for viisi’s artistic evolution.

In his ‘Liiminal’ series, viisi redefines the boundaries of artistry. Through his music, he transcends the unique and universal human experiences that have shaped his identity. With unflinching honesty, he delves into family struggles, broken relationships, career choices, failures, self-worth, and more. viisi’s lyrical prose weaves messages of life, dreams, merit, and substance, providing a visceral narrative of his evolution that leaves fans deeply moved and spellbound.

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Editor-in-chief MG
Photo By SJ Spreng
Interview By Fami
Wording By Mali Ahmed

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