Dusty liquor stores, backyard low-riders, and an overwhelming ‘underdog’ spirit. That’s Fresno, California. And Fresno was the breeding ground for Anilyst, who’s real name is Sayef ‘Seff’ Aranki. It’s where he found his voice, honed his craft, and laid his foundation.
From the tender age of 2, when his family relocated there from Los Angeles, not a minute has passed that a rhyme, verse or beat hasn’t pumped through his every capillary from his lungs to his frontal cortex.
Hip-Hop wasn’t just in his blood, it was his blood.
After spending his high school years cultivating an undefeated rap battle record, he found himself taking top prize in a Rap event sponsored by Hip-Hop mega-superstar ‘The Game.’ Soon after, he was expelled out of the school district for engaging in numerous confrontations initiated by envious competitors.
That’s when Anilyst knew it was time to leave the nonsense behind and take things up a notch. He put battling in the background and building a fan-base and creating music, in the foreground.
And his efforts have paid off.
The following years were spent with intense immersive dedication and mindful meditation to studying the art of Rap, breaking it down into a science of endless formula and puzzles, one he was intent on perfecting. This very period gave birth to his unique style, something he cleverly dubbed “Syllable Sliding.”
Since 2013, he’s self-produced and self-released 4 full-length albums, and he’s done it all while managing to amass over 20 million YouTube views, 10 million Facebook views, 4 million Spotify plays and 3 million SoundCloud plays, etc.
Anilyst’s fan base has been a rabid and steadily growing one, and he’s literally built it all through his ingenious use of street campaigning, social media, and, most importantly, unwavering raw talent.
In 2013, Anilyst decided it was time to take his career to the next level, so he packed up his bags and moved to Los Angeles, where he currently resides. He has since found himself in front of packed houses at venues ranging from Oakland’s Oracle Arena to The Roxy Theater in Denver, Colorado, and he’s performed with acts like YG, E40, and many more. All this in addition to gracing the pages of XXL Magazine & seeing the fruits of his labor propel his most recent album, “LYSTening” into the Top 50 Charts on iTunes.
In 2017, he headlined his first nation wide tour which was indeed, a success!
So, if you didn’t know before, turn your speakers UP and have yourself a LYSTen.