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Good things come in fives. Dropping his first rough cut as a high school freshman when he was just fourteen, Matthew Borley couldn’t have known that five years later he’d be touring Europe, playing packed-out shows in the South of France. Initially sparked by his father during his teenage years, he was introduced to select verses from ‘90s hip hop pioneers and the most controversial rapper of his time, Eminem. Matt was profoundly impacted by his connection to the raw and unapologetic nature of the scene.

Now known as viisi (the Finnish word for “five”), the young alternative/hip-hop phenom is determined to push the boundaries of what it means to be an artist in the modern era. Through his powerful and raw storytelling, inspired by his love of ’90s hip-hop legends, his music transcends the unique and universal human experiences that have shaped him. With a lyrical honesty and unwavering dedication to his craft, viisi is unafraid to delve into his personal experiences, pulling from family conflicts, fallouts, reality checks, and struggles with self-worth. Writing prose with messages of life and dreams and of merit and substance, his visceral, yet familiar approach will surely leave fans moved and stunned.

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In viisi’s work, you can hear echoes of the golden era of hip-hop, but there’s something unmistakably fresh and modern about his sound. His journey from a teenage lyricist to a breakout star on the European circuit is a testament to his relentless drive and passion for his art. Whether it’s a heart-wrenching ballad about lost love or a hard-hitting track about societal issues, viisi’s music resonates with a truth that is both deeply personal and universally relatable.

This young artist’s future looks bright, and as he continues to evolve and grow, we can only expect his music to push further into new and exciting territories. Keep your ears open and your hearts ready—viisi is here to stay, and his story is only just beginning.

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