“Music is the universal language to convey emotions. If your audience isn’t moved in the slightest, you haven’t done your job as an artist.”
Following the release of his second independent album “Liberation”, EL.i.BE has been creating massive waves at the Twin Cities hip-hop scene. Individual tracks from the project are being played on the Current and KFAI, and his “Liberation Tour” has caught the attention of many blogs (Duluth Reader, Ghetto Blaster, OK-THO, The Current 89.3) and venues, both locally and nationally. Dedicated to showing his roots in a time where immigration continues to be scrutinized in the political arena, EL.i.BE continues to boldly tell his story as a first-generation refugee. His lyrical journey encompasses insights into growing up in an African household, dissects the struggles he faces as an African in America, and comes full circle by celebrating the outpouring of love and support he has uncovered on his journey. “Liberation” is a poetic illustration of our most basic human need: to be accepted while celebrating our differences.
EL.i.BE became an active force in the Twin Cities music scene since he began rhyming at a young age. In 2004, EL.i.BE founded the hip-hop group D-Mine and in 2011, after the disbandment of the duo, ventured into a solo career. His first independent project, "Dreams", was a collaboration with Cherry Sky Studios, and as a candid and rhythmic reflection, showed the rapper's versatility in storytelling and lyricism. Containing themes from growing up Liberian and a refugee to tracks that are feel good, party anthems, “Dreams” is a collage of the artist's lyrical imagination. As an MC, EL.i.BE has shared the stage with some of Hip Hop’s most well respected performers including Prof, Joelle Ortiz, Slug of Atmosphere, and Brother Ali, and he continues to expand his presence in the Twin Cities and Minnesota, as well as nationally.
In addition to his work in music, EL.i.BE has been a committed frontrunner in his community and college, curating local events and bringing national leaders to local stages. EL.i.BE graduated with a Bachelor's of Science degree from Metro State University and has extensive professional experience in the finance industry. He utilizes this skillset as the Marketing Manager with Cherry Sky Studios.