By Miss Ikonic
Twitter: @miss__ikonic / Instagram: @missikonic
When you think of hip-hop, who comes to mind? Hov? Fabolous? DMX? Eminem? Lil Kim? Queen Latifah? Those are a worthy bunch but to that list you should also add Harlem’s own Nino Man.
New York, forever the heart of hip-hop, gives birth to some of the most legendary and revered musicians to ever bless a mic and Nino Man drives that truth home. A definite artist to watch for but not because he’s a novice to the game. He’s garnered millions of views and streams on YouTube and music distribution platforms collectively. He’s been a featured MC on Funk Flex and Sway in the Morning amid notable features from Jadakiss and Styles P.
He gifts us thorough, authentic, story-telling hip-hop in a generation that’s submersed in the opposite.
Nino Man’s most recent visual release “Believe In Me,” off his Juu Hurd project, is a record that listens as a back and forth swordplay between Nino and his friend. The official BenjiFilmz directed visual captures his lyrical imagery.
The Harlem spitter attempts to give his friend solid advice dipped in tenacity, perseverance and positivity but his friend chooses the other route. Instead of remaining diligent, his friend remains focused on what he perceives as “fake love” from his inner circle thus he decides to hug the block in the interim which leads to his unfortunate legal demise. This expert level of storytelling stems from his years spent in the game partnered with his impeccably personal and diary-like transference.
Nino Man represents hip-hop in the best way, he’s articulate, seasoned, lyrically intentional and passionate about this thing we call music. With 2020 around the corner, it’s exciting to hear what he’ll do next but, in the meantime, check out his recent works below.