Chicago rapper Nnamadi Ogbonnaya makes music that’s hard to describe or label, and it’s exciting for that exact reason. His 2017 album DROOL is an experimental fusion of hip hop, math rock, pop, jazz, and everything else he likes. Growing up in the Chicago DIY scene, Ogbonnaya played in as many bands as possible, citing 11 different groups on his Bandcamp page. His constant involvement gained him a sold fanbase and he’s been able to tour the US, Canada, and Mexico.
As a Black, Jewish, first generation Nigerian-American, he incorporates his personal experiences into his music, and draws a lot of inspiration from his family and the strong work ethic of his parents. This influence lends itself to a lot of relatable content in music against energetic, exciting, and frenzied beats. He’ll be bringing his fresh sound and perspective to Philly with a show at Everybody Hits on June 8th. Tickets and more info on that show can be found here. In the meantime, check out DROOL down below, and get to know more about Ogbonnaya in this interview on NPR’s All Things Considered.
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