Jelani, a New York native, is currently based in Boston, while attending school at Northeastern University.
Some of you may have heard of him, from his recent digital album release, of Wait, You Can Rap?!?!
If there is one word to describe this kid, it's ferocious. Jelani comes hard on his tracks, great production, great lyrics, and a crazy flow. Check him out for yourself on his MySpace page.
Hailing from Boston makes us better than all those non-Boston bands because:
Access to the Colleges & Universities in the city, there are 150 in the metro area. That's never a bad thing when your trying to get gigs.
Name at least three bands that are still around and touring that you'd love to be on a bill with, and think it fits well:
Kidz In The Hall, Little Brother, MURS, Black Milk, Talib Kweli
Your favorite Boston venue to perform in is:
Are there any genres that influence your music conceptually, rather than sonically? (In that you can't hear from simply listening to the music, but from getting into the structure or mathematics of the song-writing, etc.)
Folk music & acoustic singer/songwriter stuff. Because they tap into their personal emotions so well. Most people can only write about the outside world, and not what's going on within.
Your favorite local bar to hit up when not doing the whole band deal is:
Our House East
You can check Jelani out in person at his next gig at Wesleyan University on January 23rd.
Download: "Spotlight" [mp3]