(September 13, 2019 — Los Angeles, CA) Today, singer-songwriter Nikki Jean delivers her Rhymesayers Entertainment debut project, Beautiful Prison, along with another music video. The St. Paul, MN native first earned notable acclaim for her contributions to Lupe Fiasco’s Grammy-nominated album, The Cool, and touring with Kanye West. Nikki Jean’s new, seven-track effort includes the singles “Pink Lemonade,” “Mr Clean” (feat. Lupe Fiasco), and “People & Planes.” With her Rhymesayers debut, Nikki Jean firmly establishes herself as both an innovative songwriter and a tenacious advocate for empowerment.
Nikki Jean continues to share her message of empowerment through more than just her music, though. In the self-directed music video for the standout track, “Driver,” Nikki Jean pays a visit to her alma mater, Howard University, and surrounds herself with women whose creativity and contributions to society inspire her immensely. In planning for the video, what began as an attempt to celebrate strength and unity quickly evolved into a desire to amplify her fellow artists’ stories, ultimately moving Nikki to create a short film about perseverance for which the video now serves as just a taste. As a result, Nikki Jean is scheduled to speak this evening at IDEA-GEN, a global UN summit focused on empowering women and girls, where her forthcoming documentary Get Free will premiere in conjunction with her speech.
Watch “Driver” video: http://bit.ly/NJ_Driver
Listen to Beautiful Prison: https://rse.lnk.to/
Nikki Jean is also set to bring her dynamic live performance to a sold out Mission Ballroom in Denver, CO on September 20 along with label mates Atmosphere, Brother Ali, Grieves and DJ Keezy. For more info on this, and all other upcoming Nikki Jean performances, check here: https://rhymesayers.com/
More about Nikki Jean:
Born and raised in St. Paul, Minnesota, Nikki Jean studied theatre before moving to Philadelphia and joining the band Nouveau Riche as lead singer. She gained major recognition for her contributions to Lupe Fiasco’s “Hip Hop Saved My Life” from the Grammy-nominated album, The Cool, before going on tour with Kanye West (Glow In The Dark Tour, 2008) and Mayer Hawthorne (A Strange Arrangement Tour, 2009). Nikki Jean co-wrote songs with Bob Dylan, Burt Bacharach, Lamont Dozier, Carly Simon and more, for her 2011 Pennies in a Jar collaborative LP, before releasing 2013’s X-Mas EP and 2014’s Champagne Water EP. She also appeared on Brother Ali’s A Bite Marked Heart (2012) and Lupe Fiasco’s Tetsuo & Youth (2015), for which she performed on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.
Last year, in addition to appearing on a whopping six tracks from Lupe Fiasco’s Drogas Wave LP, Nikki Jean also released a string of her own new singles, including “People & Planes”, “Mr Clean”, and most recently, “Pink Lemonade”, all of which appear on her Rhymesayers Entertainment debut, Beautiful Prison.