HIP HOP, ART & COMMUNITY
There is an abundance of emcees within the music industry, and it is the artist’s job to not only rock the crowd, but they must stand out, be memorable, and influential as well. Many artists may use their personalities to their advantage. Others may use their image, while there are artists who simply let the music speak for itself. Lyle Omolayo just so happens to embody it all, from his charming personality to his consciously appeasing music.
The Plainfield, New Jersey native is a breath of fresh air for those who truly love hip hop. Lyle Omolayo‘s musical influences include Lauryn Hill, Redman, Wu-Tang Clan, Busta Rhymes, The Fugees, Will Smith, Outkast, The Roots, Sean Price, Slum Village and Black Star. His sound presents the rawness of hip hop, through a different scope, as he delivers diversity through his rhymes with an international feel and flow. Lyle Omolayo uses the art of music to express his views on love; seeing beauty in the struggle, political freedom, equality and justice. His music is revolutionary and thought provoking while at the same time being witty and lighthearted in its delivery.
Lyle Omolayo began working on his craft back in 2002, by making mixtapes in high school with his partner in rhyme Bixop. In 2006, he created a scholarship for his alma mater, Plainfield High School. It’s called the Emagin Book Scholarship, awarding college bound graduating seniors money to help pay for books during their freshman year.
Hopping back on the music scene, Lyle Omolayo released his debut album (as mc enigma) Emagin in 2010. After noticing the steady influx of Latinos within the United States, Lyle Omolayo and Bixop saved up money and spent an entire year living in the barrios of Panama in 2011. This gave birth to Negros Americanos, a tri-lingual, hip hop duo rapping in English, Spanish and Portuguese. While in Panama, Lyle Omolayo recorded and released three projects (as mc enigma); S.A.R.A.H. (Someone As Real As Her), which was a gift and dedication to an ex-girlfriend, The Sweatbox Unmixedtape named after Lyle’s cuarto in Ciudad Radial in Panama City and the introduction to the Negros Americanos sound, L.y.l.e. Rainy Season.
Lyle Omolayo has rocked over 500+ stages within the United States and internationally. He has opened up for many legends, pioneers and unsung heroes of music such as Kool Herc, Afrika Bambaata, Grandmaster Melle Mel and the Furious Five, Naughty By Nature, Immortal Technique, Abiodun Oyewole of the Last Poets, Large Professor, Masta Ace, Styles P, Rahzel from The Roots, The Artifacts, El Da Sensei, Lord Jamar, Sadat X and Grand Puba, Brand Nubian, Hasan Salaam, John Robinson, Napoleon Da Legend, Ray, Goodman, and Brown, Blue Magic, Ally-US, ScienZe, Chelsea Reject, Hakim Green of Channel Live, and Silent Knight and the Band Called Fuse and Panamanian Reggae artists Renato, I-Nesta, Dj Rhythm X, Rebel Mike, La Collecion, CoshoMan
Lyle Omolayo is currently gearing up for the release of his next two solo efforts. One is a free ep titled Flippin' Tables which drops October 14th 2017 and the full-length project Dry Season, the highly anticipated follow up to L.y.l.e. Rainy Season. Dry Season is a double album and was inspired by the highs and lows of living abroad in Panama. The project features musical productions from Te Kamau, Chaotic Flame, Loot Fatig, and many more. Dry Season features Bixop, C Rayz Walz, Eli Black, Amani Fela, StrangeLove, Silent Knight, Latasha Alcindor, Napoleon Da Legend, Jenny Wren, Danielle Watson, Hendii, Baxter Wordz, Indra, Seluna and many more.
Listen to and watch Lyle Omolayo's catalogue of music. From Plainfield, New Jersey to Panama and beyond.
Listen to some motivational messages from Lyle on many different subjects. Watch "Embracing Your Inner Uriel" where it all began.
Negros Americanos is a tri-lingual hip-hop duo comprised of Lyle Omolayo and Bixop. In 2011, Negros Americanos formed in Panama City, Panama with the goal of making music to unite people. Hailing from Plainfield, NJ, mc enigma and his partner-in-rhyme Bishop The Eastside Nappyhead began working on their craft making mixtapes in highschool.
Having realized that there had been a steady influx of latinos in the United States, in 2011, mc enigma and Bishop the Eastside Nappyhead, saved up money and spent the whole year living in the barrios of Panama to form Negros Americanos, a bi-lingual, hip-hop duo.
These two emcee/ songwriters are dedicated to improving the conditions and raising the bar in music, experimenting with international blends and exploring topics often overlooked or taboo in hip hop.
Negros Americanos has performed at over 300 + shows and opened for R&B Legends, Hip Hop Pioneers such as: Naughty By Nature, Large Professor, Immortal Technique, Masta Ace, Melle Mel, Brand Nubian, Sadat X, Styles P, Ray, Goodman, and Brown, Blue Magic, Ally-US, John Robinson aka Lil Sci of Science of Life, C Rayz Walz, Hasan Salaam, Hakim Green of Channel Live, Silent Knight and the Band Called Fuse and Panamanian Reggae artists Renato, I-Nesta, Dj Rhythm X, Rebel Mike, La Collecion, CoshoMan
Lyle Omolayo & NEGROS AMERICANOS have performed and featured at numerous noted venues such as:
92Y Tribeca - NY, NYPublic Assembly - Brooklyn, NY,
The NuYorican Poets Cafe - NYC
Harvey's Joke Joint - Brooklyn, NY
Nova Bar - Brooklyn, NY,
National Sawdust - Brooklyn, NY
Public Assembly - Brooklyn, NY
Baby castles - Manhattan, NY
Top 16 Afropunk 2013 and 2015 Finalist Freecandy and Beast of Bourbon - Brooklyn, NY,
Littlefield - Brooklyn, NY, Nicholas - Brooklyn, NY,
Silvana's - Harlem, NY
Karma Lounge - Lower East Side, NY
Long Island University - Brooklyn, NY
EOW @ The Pyramid - NYC
ReCoup Lounge -NYC
3rd Eye Hip Hop Festival - New Bedford, MA
The Lazymon - Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica
Albrook Mall - Panama City, Panama La Casona - Panama City, Panama
V.I.P. Casco Viejo - Panama City, Panama
The Pinch - Washington DC
The Arts Garage - Philadelphia, PA
The Key Club - Newark, NJ
Rutgers University - New Brunswick, NJ
New Jersey City University - Jersey City, NJ 2013
Long Island University - Brooklyn, NY
Bergen Street Festival - Newark, NJ 2013
Lincoln Park Music Festival - Newark, NJ
The Court Tavern - New Brunswick, NJ
24 Hours of Peace Rally - Newark, NJ
Hugo's Lounge - Plainfield, NJ
The Old Bay - New Brunswick, NJ
The Court Tavern - - New Brunswick, NJ
Hotake - New Brunswick, NJ