FLEET FEATURE: NIKKI E – RAPPER
Tell me a little bit about yourself how did you get your stage name, where are you from etc? I am Nikki E from Hampton, VA. My name is easy… Nikki is my nickname from my middle name Nicole. I am a MC, poet, song writer, story writer and military veteran. I am a woman who believes to be better than the average female/male MC. My thoughts on life are expressed through my lyrics because I came from a rough past and was fortunate enough to learn from those experiences. I take my music seriously and this shows my hunger to succeed! I love performing for people. Unlike most performers, I get my high from the energy of the crowd. I currently reside in Seattle, WA, but will be moving to Atlanta in a few months.
Why did you decide to become a DJ/ Artist/ Entertainer? My main goal is to create music others could relate to, by becoming a voice for those who cant or are afraid to speak. I also create the turn up style of music for the party-goers. The majority of my music explains who I am, what I’m about, my journey and how I am bringing back Real HipHop..
Who and/or what motivates you? My immediate family, friends and Fleet family. Knowing that there are people looking up to me, I dont want to let them down.
What would you say is your biggest accomplishment to date? It would have to be a personal accomplishment first. That is, recovering from brain surgery due to a car accident and being able to bounce back and come out stronger in my music. I push myself harder now to prove to myself that I can over come any obstacle set before me. So far, I’m soaring! Music wise, it would be understanding my true purpose in this industry. Networking with people would have to be an accomplishment for my bashful self!
What projects currently working on? I am currently working on my debut album. No title yet, but my goal is to be transparent. At the same time, I will have some turn up, fun music included in my project. You will get the real life of Nikki E…. My autobiograhpy!
What changes would you like to see in the music/entertainment industry? There is a lack of substance in music today. The purpose of Hip Hop was to be an outlet for those in the struggle. It has done a 180°! Music use to tell stories and make you feel nostalgic. Now there’s no true bars or life lessons. Those who are sticking to their roots aren’t getting the shine they deserve.. But eack artists with wack lyrics are being promoted like a new fad.. How can you teach us something when you really aren’t talking about anything.. Don’t get me wrong… Not all music has to be about the struggle.. Trust all of mine isn’t.. But when you have a dope beat but no one can understand what you are saying.. There’s a problem!!
What makes you different sets you apart? Although I’m HipHop based, I create music for all demographics. I want to touch the masses. I want to be more like open source information vs. Proprietary. I address issues other artists are uncomfortable addressing. No Photoshopping anything with me. I am humble but hungry.
What crews, company’s are you apart of why did you join the Fleet Djs? I’ve always been the type to stay to myself. I’ve learned my lesson with being apart crews becoming foot soldiers for up and coming labels run by inexperienced artists etc. I refuse to help build someone’s business if they aren’t trying to help build me up at the same time. But with Fleet DJ’s, its different. They are more family to me than co-worker’s or a business venture. I was introduced to the Fleet DJ’s in Jan 2016, later joining in July. I am family oriented. Fleet Djs encompasses what I believe in which allowed us all to mesh very well. From supporting everyone’s dreams, cohesion, professionalism and morals, we embody those. The respect and love is always genuine & mutual. I love my Fleet Family!
What type of equipment do you use, what other skills/talent do you have? Well….. For a female in music, it may seem unorthodox to have your own studio setup.. But I do! From the whisper room, to the C24and other equipment, and all the pro tools software.. Im working it all by myself! Lol Besides music and being a poet & a erotic story writer, I’m a baker and infused berry connoisseur. I love experimenting with sweets….. And alcohol…. lol Shari’s Berries and Edible Arrangements has new competition…. ME! Lol
What do you do in your free time? Any Hobbies? Dancing!!!! Photography, and videography (to include editing). I’m trying to get back into working out also.
Anything else you want to add/ Any Shoutouts? your Social Media?
Shout out to all who rock with me! All of you are beautiful!! Of course I have to shout out my Fleet family!! Thank you for the opportunity to let me build with you!! Only up from here!