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Motiv Releases ‘Complicated’ – Firmly Proving That He’s Found His Niche

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After years of hard work to establish his niche, London rapper Motiv releases ‘Complicated’. Loaded with clean beats and steady flows, it tackles self-motivation and the rejection of everyday judgement from peers.

Who is Motiv?

Motiv is a UK based rapper, songwriter and performer born and raised in London, England.

He started making music at the age of 13, back when he was known by his real name of Yanick Lumsden, living on a council estate in Colindale. It would be an understatement to say he had a lot of work to do within his lyrics, flows and just about every other way to bring himself up to par. Now, he feels like he’s finally found his niche.

Motiv’s primary focus is bringing positivity and hope to his peers and community – his influences range throughout R&B, Trap and Hip Hop. He has released several singles since 2018, but with 15+ years of hard work under his belt, he is more than ready to showcase his talent to the world.

His latest track ‘Complicated’ is out now. Listen here!


‘Complicated’ is the latest offering from Motiv, and it carries a very personal meaning to him. Speaking of the track, he says:

“My inspiration for the song ‘Complicated’ really stemmed from my day-to-day life and what I put up with- ranging from complicated relationships with people always trying to compete or put me down, to my own inner demons holding me back in various ways.”

Throughout his steadily increasing discography, certain themes continue to emerge – the futility of materialism, and how real success and growth comes from within. ‘Complicated’ follows this trend, covering his personal battles against judgement from peers and strangers whilst carving his own identity.

Set over a heavy, clean trap beat and slow, flange-y guitars, Motiv declares his intention to ignore others’ opinions and motivate himself instead.

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