Nikki Lynette is a songwriter/producer/performer whose sound is equal parts hip hop, alternative, and pop. She got her first nationwide recognition in 2010 after ranking 2nd place in Ourstage & New Music Seminar’s “Artist on the Verge Competition.” The whirlwind of activity resulting from the win prompted the singer/rapper to release the first mixtape from her Roses N’ Guns series. The “Totally Bad Ass Mixtape That Rocks” quickly racked up thousands of downloads online. Soon Nikki Lynette’s fans formed a movement around her music and dubbed themselves The BadAsses. “We call ourselves Cult Bad Ass because we’re not like everybody,” Lynette explains. “We do what we want. We don’t care what anybody thinks.” It is this same profound sense of individuality that has been the cornerstone of Nikki Lynette’s existence, earning her accolades from industry heavyweights from producer Rodney Jerkins to Raymond Roker of URB Magazine.
Following the success of her genre defying mixtape, Lynette dropped a second project, The Strong Survive, an EP of self-produced songs which soon after the release began popping up in popular shows on MTV, VH1, Oxygen, Showtime, Bravo, and more. Nikki Lynette then became the voice of Hasbro’s Twister campaign, performing the theme song for both Twister and Twistermania on Xbox Kinect. Her following release, Roses N’ Guns 2: The BADDER ASSED mixtape that rocks has garnered significant press, including digital and print features for XXL, Bust, Complex, Vibe, and more, as well as bookings for events such as A3C Hip Hop Fest in Atlanta and CMJ in New York. Her feature in Billboard Magazine’s annual DIY issue, focusing on her success in music licensing, earned her an invite to SXSW 2014 to discuss her experiences with other aspiring artists. After one of Lynette’s humorous blogs earned her recognition by Whoopi Goldberg and was featured on The View, Nikki Lynette was invited to join the Red Eye, Chicago’s premiere pop culture newspaper (an offshoot of The Chicago Tribune.) She contributes articles about her life, music career, and opinions.
After a hiatus from releasing new music to focus on developing her songwriting, Nikki Lynette reemerged into the public eye as the star of the Kmart “Rapping Lunch Ladies” back to school commercial. “It is probably the silliest thing I’ve ever done,” Nikki says “which makes it one of the most awesome things I’ve done, too.” With her long time collaborator, Matt Hennessy, as well as her newly formed band The Thr34t, Lynette is busy in the studio completing her breakout project entitled Respect My Disrespect. “Until now my sound has been all over the place, I’ve been having fun,” Lynette explains. “But now that I’ve locked in on my sound, I’m going nuts with it.” In addition to her and Matt’s production, Nikki Lynette’s new music includes several tracks by Da Internz (producers of Rihanna’s hit song Cake and Big Sean’s hit Ass.) A release date for the project has not yet been set.
QUOTES ABOUT NIKKI
“Artists need to peep Nikki Lynette and her story…THIS is the new music business model.” Jay Boone, National Director of Promotions-Jive Records/Sony Music Ent.
“I’m proud of you for staying true to yourself and doing this music thing your way. I’m enjoying watching you grow.” Lupe Fiasco
“I really like what she’s doing, its different. I look forward to hearing more from her.” Rodney Jerkins, Producer
“Lynette’s got serious mc chops, a slight Left Eye vibe, and a dash of afro-punk style. We think she’s a pure original, and a must-watch.” Bust Magazine
“Nikki Lynette definitely has a crazy style. It works for her. The more I hear, the more impressed I become.” Dwele
“Nikki truly raps and sing her heart out as if she has the weight of the world (or at least Chicago) on her shoulders. Nikki is lyrically progressive, sprinkling intelligent tidbits upon the listeners while holding their attention with an interesting flow.” Vibe.com
“Nikki Lynette is a talented rhyme architect with tremendous verbal dexterity. At her best moments, her ability to rhyme multiple syllables rivals that of Tupac or Eminem and her ability to spit words quickly almost brings Twista to mind. And genre simply isn’t a reality for her.” Antimusic.com
“Chicago’s Nikki Lynette is on the very brink of superstardom, and for good reason – she’s megatalented as an MC, songwriter and producer.” Heavy.com
“Even for a city accustomed to creative outsiders like Chicago Nikki Lynette is something new.” RefinedHype