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Ekoh / Press

“There are fans who tattoo his piercing lyrics on their bodies, propose to their significant others at a show or drive hundreds of miles to catch a 30-minute set— - See more at: http://vegasseven.com/2013/09/25/ekoh-resonance-man/#sthash.Mjf5BvfZ.dpuf”

“There are fans who tattoo his piercing lyrics on their bodies, propose to their significant others at a show or drive hundreds of miles to catch a 30-minute set—during which he’ll graciously share the stage with other members of the local hip-hop community, including fellow rapper Chemist and Vegas StrEATS co-founder Alonzo Valencia (also known as DJ ZO). “I wouldn’t even call him ‘local,’” Valencia says of Ekoh. “He’s about to be nationwide.” Event producer Brian Saliba agrees. Among many bookings, he handpicked Ekoh to co-headline the Vegas Music Summit in August to present him to industry contacts. “A guy like him needs to be discovered,” Saliba says. “He’s only three minutes away.””

"Recorded in Hollywood with producer Courtney Ballard, the house engineer at a studio owned by Joel and Benji Madden of Good Charlotte fame, the album shrouds Thompson’s confessional, ever-earnest rhymes in radiant pop hooks, ricocheting electronics and lilting acoustic guitar and piano." "Getting to that point, though, took some time. It was a process, one of discovering something new in his music: himself."

"Thompson’s self, what I guess you could call his poetic side, finally eclipses his rap persona. Like in his own interior fist fight, the point finally goes to Thompson, not hip-hop, or at least what early Ekoh thought hip-hop was supposed to be. The live-instrument sounds, the introspection, the balladic piano riffs of what you’d associate with a ’00s pop-punk band, rhymed over with sleeve-worn influences (Atmosphere, Grieves, Macklemore, et al), finally show what he’s been trying to figure out since he decided his writing needed bass line accompaniment four years ago."

"Like a phoenix from the ashes, struggles can be transformed into a road map of dedication. The hope and heart for local hip-hop artist, Ekoh, continues to to swell as he takes on the Las Vegas music scene focusing on two things: music with a message and strengthening the community"

"Ekoh opened his set with “heart hop,” a new subgenre in hip-hop that he created. Defined as “deep, serious music that’s lighthearted on top,” heart hop sounds like a throwback to mid-1990s underground hip-hop artists such as Atmosphere and Aesop Rock. It employs thought-provoking subject matter and a catchy chorus to get the message across. The rest of the set was comprised of songs with recognizable beats and strong lyrics. Ekoh gave an impressive performance, honoring the memory of his best friend in the best way possible."