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Published on August 10th, 2017 | by Landon Buford


Who Is Los Angeles Songtress Nieko Nicole?

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Nieko Nicole (@NiekoNicole) was born Tanieko Nicole Bush on November 5, 1995, in Los Angeles, CA.Nieko Nicole has had a passion for music from an early age but started seriously honing in on her skills from the age of 13. She first started out utilizing the stage name Nieko Smilez.

Nieko Nicole is a vocalist/songwriter whose love for hip-hop won’t let her escape from having true rapping skills as well. She got bars! She loves every facet of music and is set to be a force to be reckoned with in the industry. Nieko Nicole attended recording and engineering classes at Musicians Institute in Hollywood, CA during the summers of her high school career and embarked on her independent record label, 88 Keys Entertainment, before entering the 12th grade.

She dropped her first mixtape, The Come Up, on hotnewhiphop.com.The mixtape is a mixture of remixes that shows off her singing, writing, and rapping skills.  She recently put out her first EP I Am The Apex Predator with all original material.

Who influences your music the most?

Ever since I was young I’ve been fascinated by the creation of music. Not only did I have great singers on my mother’s side of the family, I had a father that made beats and had a love for the creation of music like no other. As a kid, Watching him make beats inspired me to experiment with different music programs like Fl Studio, Studio 1, and finally Garage band. That’s where I recorded my first vocal and fell in love w the power to sing and edit sound.

Which celebrity influences your style of music?

When it comes to celebrity inspirations my first go to is always Tupac Shakur. When I watch videos of him or hear his music I always get this sense of euphoria that fuels my grind when it comes to this music. I want to be the mind that sparks a generation.

What are some of the challenges you have faced being a female

When I was first coming up, sometimes even now, when I’d go to shows people would always underestimate me. Until they saw me on stage. I always hated that promoters, and just people, in general, would treat you like you are nobody until you prove otherwise, but men get automatic respect just for being well dressed. I feel women have to go above and beyond to get half the respect a man would.What advice would you give other girls/women coming into the rap game?

The most important advice I would give would be, don’t believe the hype people try to sell you. Anything they can do for you, you can do for yourself-what made you want to get into the music business?

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