NIKO IS Premieres Video for “Tito Crack That Dutch” Up Now on SPIN
“Tito Crack That Dutch” gets a lot of mileage out of the alluring disconnect between the sweeping, high-brow string instrumentals and Niko’s grizzled, half-shouted vocals.” – SPIN
NIKO IS in MTVU’s The Freshmen Contest
US Tour Supporting Talib Kweli and Immortal Technique Announced
“With irrefutable passion and the stance of a visionary, it’s only a matter of time until O-Town’s hip-hop hippie hits mainstream spotlight.” – Vibe Magazine
“He possessed a contagious vibe that spread, one by one, to each individual in the crowd. Stage presence, paired with good music, NIKO IS left us excited for what’s next to come.” –The Source
Music goes through many ups and downs…Moments when artists are inspiring and innovative, and moments when the industry is creatively stagnant. NIKO IS is one of those musicians that restores your faith in the artistry of music. In an age where everyone is ‘trying’ to be different; Niko isn’t trying at all, he just IS.
In “Tito Crack That Dutch” NIKO IS uses seriously smooth and shimmery melodies to pay homage tohis favorite pastimes. The video is a great visual representation of his aesthetic and is now available to watch on SPIN.
Meanwhile, NIKO IS’ “Cherry Beamer Dreaming” is a slick and soulful ode to himself, with brilliant lines like “so full of myself like Russian dolls.” The video is currently part of a round of MTVU’s Freshmen so be sure to vote for “Cherry Beamer Dreaming” on MTVU here. Each video stands on its own, but both show off NIKO IS’ magnetic personality.
Nikolai Paiva (NIKO IS) was born in Rio de Janeiro and moved to Florida at the age of 7. Niko has managed to create a distinctive sound and style that gained him recognition as a notable songwriter, witty lyricist, hip-hop visionary, and exceptional freestyler. NIKO IS, is a conceptual idiom symbolizing the many personas and identities one experiences. This point of view is concisely reflected through his albums. NIKO IS’ recently released his first compilation of 2014 called “Good Blood”, a precursor to his long awaited BRUTUS LP.
The title is the literal English translation of the Brazilian term, ‘Sangue Bom’. Good Blood is mostly produced by Thanks Joey apart from a cut by Krikos and a self-produced NIKO IS record. Thanks Joey invokes the continuously evolving Brazilian sample-heavy style of hip-hop production, for which he has become known for.
This up and coming wordsmith is fresh off forging an alliance with industry veteran Talib Kweli and his Javotti Media label. With this sort of backing and a relentless work ethic to get better with every release, 2015 will be nothing short of spectacular for the big haired Brazilian.
Be sure to check out NIKO IS on his tour with Talib Kweli and Immortal Technique this spring.
March 7 in Ann Arbor, MI at The Blind Pig
March 8 in Chicago, IL at The Metro
March 9 in Madison, WI at the Barrymore Theatre
March 10 in Omaha, NE at The Waiting Room
March 12 in Denver, CO at Cervantes
March 13 in Salt Lake City, UT at In The Venue
March 14 in Jackson Hole, WY at Pink Garter Theatre
March 15 in Boise, ID at Knitting Factory
March 17 in Seattle, WA at Showbox
March 18 in Portland, OR at Roseland Theater
March 19 in Eugene, OR at WOW Hall
March 21 in Santa Cruz, CA at Catalyst
March 22 in San Francisco, CA at The Fillmore
March 24 in San Diego, CA at The Observatory
March 25 in West Hollywood, CA at the House of Blues
March 26 in Santa Ana, CA at The Observatory
March 27 in Tempe, AZ at Club Red
March 28 in Albuquerque, NM at the Sunshine Theater
March 29 in El Paso, TX at Tricky Falls
March 31 in Dallas, TX at Trees
April 1 in Austin, TX at Scoot Inn
April 2 in San Antonio, TX at Alamo City Music Hall
April 3 in Houston, TX at Warehouse Live: Ballroom
April 4 in New Orleans, LA at the House of Blues
April 6 in Miami, FL at Grand Central
April 8 in Atlanta, GA at Masquerade
April 9 in Carrboro, NC at Cat’s Cradle
April 10 in Asheville, NC at The Orange Peel
April 11 in Baltimore, MD at Soundstage
April 15 in Boston, MA at Paradise Rock Club
April 16 in New Haven, CT at Toad’s Place
April 17 in Pawtucket, RI at The Met