Heather Morgan, 31, has made headlines after her arrest following allegations connected to the 2016 hack of virtual currency exchange Bitfinex.
The New Yorker and her husband, 34-year-old tech entrepreneur Dutch Ilya Lichtenstein, appeared in federal court yesterday (February 8th 2022) in Manhattan, according to a United States Department of Justice press release.
Adding another dimension to this story is the fact Heather Morgan is also a rapper. Her stage name is Razzlekhan, apparently a reference to Temüjin, the founder and first great emperor of the Mongol Empire. What else do we know about Razzlekhan?
Heather Morgan describes her music as ‘between an acid trip and a delightful nightmare’
Razzlekhan is Heather Morgan’s rapper persona, or stage name. She’s on Spotify here. Her latest release is MOON n STARS, a single.
Last year she released Gilfalicious. Several other singles preceded those, including 2019’s SaaSholes and a three-song single entitled Versace Bedouin – for which there is a video, see below.
Razzlekhan’s artist bio reads: “Like Genghis Khan, but with more pizzazz.” Genghis Khan, who lived in the 12th and 13th centuries, came to power by uniting many of the nomadic tribes of northeast Asia.
The bio continues: “Because Razz has synesthesia, her art often resembles something in between an acid trip and a delightful nightmare.”
Synesthesia is, per WebMD’s description, a “fancy name for when you experience one of your senses through another”. In other words, you might read the word “Saturday” and automatically see the colour yellow. Or you might hear music and see shapes. That sort of thing.
What else does Razzlekhan aka Heather Morgan do?
Razzlekhan’s genre of choice is “horror-comedy”, with a “splash of weird allure”, according to the description on Morgan’s YouTube channel.
“Razz is all about authenticity, misfits, self-love and social commentary,” it continues. “Her experiences living in the Middle East (Turkey and North Africa) and Asia (Japan, Korea, Hong Kong) influence her art.”
The persona, it seems, isn’t used exclusively for musical projects. Razzlekhan is also a “surrealist artist”. She produces “inspirational content” and “DIY art tutorials” – such as videos to help you “Berazzle” your old clothes.
Life hacks, home optimisation tricks and “synesthesia-inspired recipes” are among the ingredients of Heather Morgan’s Razzlekhan YouTube channel. To date, she has amassed more than 200,000 views on her videos.
She joined the platform on April 12, 2019. However, many of her 46 uploads appear to have been deleted or archived. Only one is currently viewable.
Others have been reposting Razzlekhan’s music videos
Crypto Music Archive launched on YouTube today, apparently to ensure Razzlekhan’s music videos remain available to view online.
As such, it has reposted the music videos to Razzlekhan’s tracks Versace Bedouin (here) and Cutthroat Country (here). The latter opens on a clip of Tiger King’s Joseph Allen Maldonado-Passage, better known as Joe Exotic.
You can also watch Heather Morgan’s video on adopting a “bedouin mindset” via Salesfolk here.
“Nothing in this life is certain,” Morgan says, about a minute in. “Money comes and goes. Sometimes you have it, sometimes you don’t.”
HITC has reached out to Heather Morgan for comment.
Regarding the arrest of Lichtenstein and Morgan, a complaint is merely an allegation, and all defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.
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