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ONLē Talks with Kelvin5Star (@Kelvin5star) by Jas Wilson

Kelvin5Star is a musician and all around creative originating from Ghana and currently dominating the music scene in East London. With a classic amalgamation of old school and new school hip hop influences, Kelvin’s sound coalesces into a perfectly interwoven tale of the various cultures he has grown up around and experienced. His latest project, “Lifestyle of the Outlaw” is a testament to his rebellious spirit and commitment to standing outside of societal norms and expectations. He augments his unique and unconventional sound by drawing inspiration from a plethora of artists, ranging all the way from the early 2000s rap era to the trap sound of the current decade, who all share his subversive worldview. “I don't have just one...

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ONLē Talks with $leazy EZ (@Sleazyez) by Jas Wilson

    With the oncoming wave of new, young, and talented artists coming out of New Orleans, Sleazy EZ pushes their way to the forefront of the music scene. With an eclectic and alternative rap sound, she promotes the message of collective unity and harmony within the global community. For her, this idea of community and unity is not limited to the catchy lyrics she promotes to her fans, but also one that she embodies in her everyday life in the streets of New Orleans. A fierce advocate for her friends in the local creative scene, EZ makes it known that her support lies with the artists of glbl wrmng, a collection of musicians championing the cultural spirit and identity...

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ONLē Talks with Leek Mali (@Leekmali) by Jas Wilson

As we concluded our string of Onle Workshops this past weekend, I sat down with PG County native Leek Mali, an up-and-coming rapper who also doubled as the creator and host of the Onle Workshop space. Onle Workshops served as a chance for local artists to come together and share their artistry, collaborate, and receive feedback on their performances from other artists and the live studio audience. Not only would artists come to work on their craft, but they could also play games, mix and mingle, and have meaningful discussions about the challenges and obstacles they face as aspiring musicians in the industry. It acted as a safe space where artists could unite and be in community with one another,...

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ONLē Talks with DeonRaps (@Deonisthatyou) by Jas Wilson

DeonRaps is an up-and-coming rapper from Queens, New York. He represents the ever-evolving style of New York artists outside of the traditional boxes and norms of rap music that have initially been set in place. Growing up as a singer from a young age, Deon isn't afraid to incorporate creative melodies and tunes into his rap style. He takes inspiration from a mixture of old school hip hop with a more new age soulful sound to produce a catalog of vocals that can speak to anyone on the diverse spectrum of music lovers. His performance of Gold Flow 2 had the audience immersed in his cadence, hanging onto every word of the rapper’s perspective. He makes use of jazzy instrumentals paired...

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ONLē Talks with Mikki Ma'at (@Mikki_maat) by Jas Wilson

Mikki Ma'at is a singer and songwriter hailing from Queens, New York. She graces the Onle Vibez Stage dressed in all black from head to toe, long locs and curly blue hair flowing as she performs. Her vintage 70’s and emo aesthetic is accompanied by a deeply soulful sound. Her performance of Pseudonym is eerie and emotional with powerful notes that reverberate throughout the room and echo in our ears long after her set is complete. Mikki Ma'at draws your attention not only with her unique style, but also with her eclectic sound. She gathers her inspiration from artists across all genres, from Micheal Jackson to Trippie Redd. The culmination of her diverse sense of music appreciation is evident in her own...

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