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Born & raised in Brooklyn and Queens , New York, and currently residing in Indianapolis In, Olu Jay is no stranger to the cliché rap lifestyle, popularized by fellow Brooklyn Patriarchs from Big Daddy Kane,Notorious Big, Jay-z, and Fabolous. However, Olu's entrenching yet prolific rap style has drawn more immediate comparisons to Nas. "Olu Jay" the Nickname given in part, from his birth name Olu (after the legendary NY emcee "Nas's" Father Olu Dara") and Jay short for Johnny in part for his suave persona, would quickly embrace Brooklyn's diverse music lineage. Raised by his Mother, Olu was exposed to soulful records such as those from Smoky Robinson, Curtis Mayfield, and Marvin Gaye, in addition to the sudden wave of 90’s “Gangsta Rap”, as well as local Brooklyn talent. Feeling he had played student of the rap game for long enough, a young Olu tried his hand at penning his first verse, after hearing his older brother pound out beats on the kitchen table. Instantly recognizing the talent in his sibling, he insisted Olu not only finish the song but start a new hobby, Using his already popular nickname . Since that time music has changed drastically, but not Olu Jay's ear for quality, as he began making his rounds on the local battle rap circle, and ghostwriting when the opportunity presented itself. By not limiting his musical inspirations geographically, Olu maintains this diversity in his music today, drawing inspiration from such stark opposites as Green Day to Cee-Lo Green and MGMT. This diversity, evident in his viral debut “Imma Vampire”, is clearly what rap fans have been craving, Olu-Jay's rapping is accompanied by an electro/house beat throughout the entire track. The repeating sound clip of a woman’s voice adds a nice, soft touch to the artist’s assertive rapping. The combination of two flavors of such different genres made the piece refreshing and addictive. This track really does have the potential to have mainstream appeal and I would not be surprised if it made it on the top 10 charts. Olu is avoiding hipster cliché, and the recent “swag” overload, with a more organic yet still braggadocio style, self proclaimed as Hiphop's “Vampire Boy.”Olu’s uniquely authentic introspection, and style have many toting the youngster as NYC’s emcee to watch in the year to come. And if Olu's initial buzz is any indication, all signs point to a rap resurrection, appropriately led by the kid named after "The God Emcee and God's Son s' Father.
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