Dubbed “The Queen of Englewood” by fellow Chicagoan Lupe Fiasco, up-and-comer Nikki Lynette already has songs from her self-produced EP “The Strong Survive” and her Roses N’ Guns mixtape series being featured on several major television networks, creating the soundtrack to top rated shows like Jersey Shore, The Real L Word, and Mob Wives. This buzzworthy hip hop/rocker has returned to the studio to create her debut studio album, which features production from Da Internz, film score composer Ethan Stoller, and long time collaborator, Matt Hennessy.
Following the success of her genre defying mixtape, Lynette dropped a second project, The Strong Survive EP. After the release, MTV, VH1, Showtime, Bravo, and more began featuring her self-produced tunes in popular tv shows on their networks. She was offered a licensing deal with Viacom Media Networks by the end of the year. Nikki Lynette soon became the voice of Hasbro’s Twister campaign, performing the theme song for both Twister and Twistermania on Xbox Kinect. Her most recent 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, Jet, and more, as well as bookings for events such as A3C Hip Hop Fest in Atlanta and CMJ in New York. After one of Lynette’s humorous blogs earned her recognition by Whoopi Goldberg and was featured on The View in Spring of 2012, 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.
Nikki Lynette has partnered with Matt Hennessy of VSOP Studios and is currently working on her 2nd EP 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 gonna go 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.
“Nikki Lynette is the Queen of Englewood. She’s crazy…she’s dope.” 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
“I love what she’s doing, I thought her music was great. And she has really cool hair.” Justin Tranter of Semi Precious Weapons
“Even for a city accustomed to creative outsiders like Chicago Nikki Lynette is something new.” RefinedHype