Mentally Elevated Rhymes of Kush
Kendrick “M.E.R.K1” Nichelson a.k.a. Poppa Kush the Blunted Master, was born a Gemini in the year 1972 to parents Curtis and Stephanie Nichelson. His father, being a talented singer, performing gospel songs in various churches around the Sacramento area, would influence and encourage the creative lyricist to find his own path in music. Unknown to a young M.E.R.K. at the time, this journey would lead him to Hip Hop!
In 1986, he would pen his first rhyme, as a response to a challenge from another well known emcee at the time (instigated by his childhood friend and future collaborator, Isaac “R.A.N.S.O.M” Warrens)! Crushing his opponent, M.E.R.K. discovered his quick wit would propel him to become one of the top emcees in his area. In 1993, he would gain further recognition for his skills as a member of the group Trinity! Along with fellow emcee Joan of Art and DJ Ismatic, and a self produced mix tape presented by PAUSE Records, the trio see would share the stage with some of Sacramento’s best such as The Socialistiks and The CUF. Trinity would also open shows for JT the Bigga Figga and KRS-One as well as delivering wicked freestyles on KSFM 102.5 with then host Ebro.
With all of the success of the group, M.E.R.K.’s focus would soon change in 1995 when his son was born. Taking a leave to concentrate on being a father, the group would later disband but always stay connected as brothers and sister. Never being able to separate from his writing, M.E.R.K. would once again grab the mic in 2008 and has vowed to never put it down again.
As a Sacramento, Ca. emcee ,writer, producer for Blunted Master Productions, co-founder of Let It Reign Entertainment (with R.A.N.S.O.M), various collaborations with younger siblings, The Ebony Players ,and now officially on the artist roster of Black Bizness Records and Entertainment, M.E.R.K.1‘s star is quickly rising within a new era of Hip Hop in his city and the state of California! A powerfully lyrical street poet, he depicts his life with every word, in every song! A true master in the art of storytelling in the tradition of some of the greatest emcee’s to ever lace a beat with uncanny word play.