When we last checked in with NilexNile, the up-and-coming Milwaukee rapper was in the midst of a breakout 2022 that included a steady stream of great music videos, appearances at pretty much every major summer festival in the city, some shows out of state, a support slot with Pusha T, and a growing awareness from listeners both locally and far beyond. While many musicians would pause to reflect on the year that was while they plotted their next move, NilexNile isn’t most musicians.

During that crazy ’22, NilexNile found time to write and record material for a new album. That album, Nostalgia Everclear, will see the light of day on Friday, March 17. Before its release and the accompanying “Nostalgia Tour” that will hit seven cities—including a belated hometown release show at at Cactus Club on Saturday, April 8—the budding emcee will be performing at SXSW tonight and is marking the occasion by putting out a brand new single.

“Breakfast” shows NilexNile taking a confident, rapid-fire lyrical approach that finds him as nimble as he’s ever been. Between that ongoing artistic growth, a feature by Mick Jenkins, and unconventionally outstanding Hagen Brothers production, “Breakfast” is a hearty addition to NilexNile’s musical menu (which also features a song called “Bagels” and a Free Lunch mixtape) that will hold us over until Nostalgia Everclear comes out this weekend. Until then, feast your ears on NilexNile’s “Breakfast” below.

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Before co-founding Milwaukee Record, Tyler Maas wrote for virtually every Milwaukee publication (except Wassup! Magazine). He lives in Bay View and enjoys both stuff and things.