photo by Jon Shaft
Tunde Olaniran, (Flint, MI) rapper, artist, and social advocate creates beautifully schizophrenic pop songs with his four octave vocal range and crafty production skills.
Bio: The Afro-futurist mix of Hip-Hop/R&B/Punk that is Tunde Olaniran returned with his first full-length album on Quite Scientific entitled Transgressor on August 7th, 2015. The record showcases Olaniran’s masterful approach to mixing intelligent and conscious commentary with a slew of personal revelations and heartfelt declarations. Propulsive entries like “Namesake” and “KYBM” instantly signify the hi-energy dance-pop feel that has brought attention to Olaniran in the past, while tracks like “Let Me Go”, “Up & Down”, and “Everyone’s Missing” make clear his abilities to be at once gut-wrenchingly emotional, candidly playful, or deadly-serious.
Currently calling the United States his home after various stints in Nigeria, Germany, and England, Olaniran has in a very short time become one of the most beloved fixtures of an ever evolving Detroit music scene, as well as a driving force within the growing artistic community in Flint, MI (where he currently resides). His previous EPs have led to plenty of praise from outlets such as The New York Times, Pitchfork, NPR, Stereogum, Paste, BlackBook, Paste, EW and countless others while his penchant for channeling his energies into additional projects as an author, choreographer, and community organizer has made Olaniran’s voice one that can’t help but be heard.