[Artists] - "Unsigned Hype" @MeloKan (April)

Name: Melo Kan
Location: Compton, CA
Genre: Hip Hop
Label/Unsigned: Unsigned


In 2005, we saw Dr. Dre’s protégé, The Game, re-open the doors for west coast hip hop.  His induction made it immediately apparent that there was more talent waiting to be exposed from the seemingly dormant west coast rap scene. Melo Kán emerged as a forerunner of this “New West” scene in 2001. Born and raised in Southern California, Melo prepared to tell his tale from the streets of Rialto, Compton, and South Central L.A.

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Fusing an eclectic blend of passion and insightful lyricism, Melo creates a sound that resonates universally.  To put it simply, Melo is not an artist created in a demographic vacuum. His stories of struggle and triumph transcend age, race, and demographic barriers and serve as inspiration to a generation lacking any definitive leadership. His artistry stands out in an industry of sameness as he pushes the limits of creativity while balancing the needs of his listeners who crave much more than just a short sugar high.  Melo says, “Nobody makes albums that people can still listen to years down the line anymore. I strive to make records so complete that ten years later when you listen, you’ll say damn I wish brotha’s still made records like this!” Similar to early rap pioneers such as Public Enemy, Ice Cube, and Grandmaster Flash; there is a message in Melo’s music.  While he believes music should be fun, he also believes it should address socioeconomic issues of the time.  Melo says “I was told when I get my turn to speak; I should have something important to say.”  With songs like “So Cold” off 2007’s EPU album, where Melo addresses the despondent issues of homelessness and “H.A.T.E”, also off  EPU, where he deliberates on the racial divisiveness in America; Melo definitely provides a voice that Hip Hop is in desperate need of.

Melo’s grind is a result of pure dedication and shear will at times. With no assistance from managers or investors, Melo continues to come up with innovative ways to push his music and brand to the public. He is currently working tirelessly on his next album The Heart of the City, which is being produced solely and entirely by industry renowned THX.  Melo says “I feel like this album is going to take me where I need to be. Not only is it some of my best material, but the level of musicianship going into this project will definitely leave the listener with a feeling of satisfaction.”  With all of Melo’s accomplishments, and intentions, the question still remains; are people really ready for an artist like Melo? Do people really want music that speaks to them directly and touches them emotionally? Well there is only one sure fire way to find out. So in the words of Melo KAN, or “Lo” (as those close to him refer to him as)….Ready…Set…Lo!!
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