Take a Moment to picture Chinua achebe with two turntables and a microphone.

 

The embodiment of such a vision is D.C.'s very own Ikey. The Nigerian wordsmith pens thought provoking records made for the streets, the internet and most importantly the third world. First catching people's attention with "Timbuktu", a song of impetuous rhymes and simmering rage, this charismatic MC displays a rare versatility that shines not only through his lyrics and diverse subject matter, but also through his performance which ranges from a rapid fire southern bounce flow all the way down to a never before heard pidgin, Pan-African reggae-like drawl.  Raised in the City of Lagos, Nigeria, Ikey's honest narrative showcases the underlying pain caused by poverty and political unrest in the third world. Although he reminds us that at times Things Fall Apart, his music is influenced by a special brand of hope, happiness, and optimism felt by real people struggling to make it across each continent. Drawing distinct inspiration from the music of the African diaspora & artists like Fela Kuti, Bob Marley, Notorious BIG and Wyclef Jean, Ikey's innovative records bring the streets of Lagos, Nigeria to your block. Ikey's next full length project "Green Card" is slated for release in the spring of 2015.
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