Best known for his self-directed hit single/music video "Juice", lyricist Mxlcxlm Z is a one man army who also produces and mixes the majority of his records. While he's most known for his "Trap Poetry" style, as he calls it, he is an eclectic artist that flows on a wide variety production styles.
Mxlcxlm (pronounced Malcolm) Z's influences, aside from the obvious Malcolm X, range from Motown to J Cole and far beyond.
Z represents LocoMotive Entertainment, a hip-hop collective from Denver, CO with includes 6 unique artists onboard. While each has their own styles, influences, and outlooks, they are still able to seamlessly collaborate and perform shows that touch on many different levels.
Price Range: $1000 and up
Gig Length: 20 - 90 minutes
What to Expect
Mxlcxlm Z is capable of providing a wide variety of musical styles within the rap/hip-hop genre, from smooth introspective ballads for a more chill audience, to high-energy bangers for youthful party-goers. Always lyrical, Z's impressive wit and stamina are enthusiastically convey through the mic to the audience. Expect refreshing crowd interaction and participation, genuine eye-contact, and passionate lyrics. LocoMotive Entertainment has also been known to incorporate video elements, live instrumentalists, and/or captivating lighting into their performances to make them more aesthetically enjoyable.
"Trap Poetry...it's like spoken word, but iller," says Mxlcxlm. Nick Strickland, better known by his stage name Mxlcxlm Z, provides an interesting glance at world events, daily life struggles, politics, and the entire spectrum in-between through the unique lens he deems "Trap Poetry."
Rhyming over instrumentals inspired by trap producers such as Zaytoven, Drumma Boy, and the Renegades, Z has crafted a sound that combines heavy 808s and typical trap percussion with smooth, soulful melodies, and thought-provoking lyrics.
His range expands from energetic, motivating bangers for the daily hustle, to deep, introspective ballads that document the struggles of the human existence. From family life to race issues, there isn't a topic you won't hear Z touch on. He looks to close the gap between generations with eclectic,
wide-reaching sounds that resonate with people young and old. His music speaks to a period in the human condition where respect, equity, and acceptance are status quo. "The music is always going to shift stylistically, but that doesn't mean the lyrics have to be dumbed down or repetitive," he said.
Inspired by legends like Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson, as well as lyricists like OutKast, J Cole, Lecrae, and Big KRIT, Z aims to blend soulful melodies and hooks with raw lyrics in his more natural pieces like People of Color and World of Violence. His gritty passion for rap is felt over bangers like
Lie Like Y'all and Contagious inspired by emcees like T.I. and Ace Hood. "I don't really have any one, major influence...I've taken little bits and pieces from every successful style I've come across to create something all my own." Mxlcxlm brings a unique perspective to the paper-chase with potential
hits like For the Grand and What You Mean that effortlessly ride the line between trap music and spoken word.
Mxlcxlm's recent string of shows has seen performances opening for the likes of Chiddy Bang, Skate Maloley, and Denver's Top Flight Entertainment, as well as an appearance at the House of Blues in Houston, TX to round out 2016.
Z's music is a constant reflection of the current state of rap and the need for a re-emphasis on meaning and purpose in hip-hop. He aims to use his soon-to-be powerful voice to lead people toward peace and acceptance amongst the races, cultures, and generations. He proves that heavy 808s and aggressive snares
can be just a good a background for spoken poetry as your traditional boom-bap beat, and gives those who are drawn toward the sounds of Sonny Digital and Metro Boomin' an alternative to the often meaningless lyrics offered by the genre's current emcees.
Additional Booking Notes
Ideally, venue would supply/accommodate a video projector and screen.
We always travel with our own wireless microphones, so accommodation for those to be hooked up would be appreciated.
Depending on location/travel availability, drum kit and amplifiers may also be requested.
People of Color
In this Place
What You Mean
Influences & Inspiration
Malcolm X (intellectually, conceptually)
(to name a few)
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