Journey of Plato the Orphan
- Artist: Nickel
- Format: CD
- Release Date:6/17/2008
In a time when over-commercialization has begun limiting artistic boundaries, Nickel emerges as an MC whose success thrives on his individualistic nature. Through an onslaught of charismatic, lyrical fury, he conveys a message to the listener to live their lives to the fullest, as they feel fit, not as they are expected. In a backdrop set in New York City, where an overwhelming demand has been resurging for "real hip-hop," Nickel stands out as a prime candidate to lead the way. Nickel was born and raised in Hartford, CT during the '80s. This city was one of the earliest to embrace rap after the initial boom, which took place in NYC. Surrounded by breakers and boom boxes, the music and culture became a part of him from an early age. But it wasn't until the late '90s, upon starting college, that this prolific MC made his first steps toward being the lyricist that he is today. A new friendship and a four-track recorder became the foundation of the focus of Nickel's life for the next eight years. He founded a group called The Linx, a soulful hip-hop band which set up it's camp in Miami, FL. Within this progressive group of talented rappers, singers, and musicians Nickel stood front and center as the lead lyricist and spiritual backbone. The group boasted many accomplishments. But as the college years winded down, so did the cohesiveness of the group. When it became evident that it was time for him to begin a solo career, Nickel made the decision to return to the North. He decided to move to Brooklyn. But he chose to take an alternate route. Armed with an arsenal of beats by producers such as Miami phenom, Giogrephy, Nick V from The Baka Boyz, and himself, Nickel chose to travel around the country, and then the world, taking advantage of this time to write the majority of his first solo debut, "The Journey of Plato the Orphan." Through these travels he established strong ties in cities such as Los Angeles, Tampa, and Tokyo, Japan. The album set to be released in early 2008. In the meantime Nickel has begun campaigning in multiple cities. His mixtape CD, "Loose Lips Vol 1." Is receiving much praise and airtime from college radio. Via Internet, Nickel has been making a lot of noise with a crew of rappers that span the nation, known as, "Money Hungry Bastards." He has been performing in NYC, CT, and Florida. His aim now is to expand out to the West Coast and overseas. At the heart of Nickel's music lies a message of rebellion; against the social norm, against corporate/government corruption, against what he calls "cookie cutter rap." His catchy flow and larger than life attitude is certainly appealing to the masses. If you ask Nickel who his influences are, you may be surprised to receive a response such as Bob Marley, or Jimmy Hendrix. This is not something that you may expect to hear from someone whose sound has been compared to the likes of Talib Kweli or Andre 3000. But when you understand that it is not the style of presentation, but the ideal, which he draws from them, you begin to see the making of an icon.
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