In mythology the phoenix is said to Rise from its own ashes as it’s reborn, and while Kansas rapper XV‘s latest record has absolutely nothing to do with mythology the emcee does seem to take on a sense of bravado that myths are built upon. The Midwest spitter doesn’t hold back on Rise as he touches on the progression he’s made in his career and how he has addressed his doubters. The Awesome Sound‘s already bass-heavy production becomes even more booming as XV rattles off the song’s triumphant hook. The release of Rise comes just a month and a half after the Freestyle Series alum unveiled his The Awesome EP and Popular Culture mixtape. As a bonus for all of his loyal hometown Kansas fans XV will performing the entire tape at a venue in his home state on August 16. Not in Kansas anymore, Toto? Fear not because the entire event will be available via live stream.