From: NY, United States
Genre: Hip Hop/Rap, Punk, Dubstep
South Bronx native, revol’Angelo, a rising counter-cultural voice in the Anarcho-Punk, Hip-Hop movement, is an artist who has taken experiences of hardship and risen from and above them, determined to live life to a fuller extent.
The artist came to the world of Hip-Hop rather innocently, not being into the genre much at the time, but nonetheless found himself on the sidelines of a rap battle. He shares, “I started rapping at eleven years old after being dissed as a spectator by an older kid in what was my first ever rap battle I witnessed. Never rapping a day in my life I quickly retaliated with two spontaneous bars and was cheered heavily from the crowd. That moment I knew what I wanted to do in life.”
With inspirations ranging from hip-hop royalty such as Nas, 2Pac, and Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, to less obvious inspirations like Yanni and The Bee Gees, revol’Angelo set forth to make a name for himself, “always trying to perfect the ‘hit record’ for commercial radio.”
But things changed quickly for the young artist after being involved in a car accident in August of 2010 that he was fortunate to walk away from unscathed.
“That year would be the start of what would turn out to be the next worst two years of my life. I accumulated debt which put me in collections, lost friends, many family members passed, my Dad’s house was foreclosed, my Mom freshly filed for bankruptcy, and I tumbled into a deep depression.”
Yet, despite those dark times, the artist is thankful.
“That big piece of humble pie which was filled with struggle, pain, adversity, and sorrow molded me into the artist/person I am today. A complete one eighty. From those ashes Rebel Music Nation rose and I would no longer make music for glory but to be in a position to one day help that person or family that was once me.”
With that new mission, revol’Angelo pushes forward, not worrying about airplay or popularity while seeking to touch and change lives. And while he does seek to make a living, drawing the ire of some ‘punk purists,’ he’s not letting it change his agenda as he proclaims his socio-political message against Big Government.
The artist describes his music as a blend of “Aesop Rock, Rebel Diaz, Lupe Fiasco, Rage Against the Machine, Skrillex, and Dead Prez trapped in a foxhole together,” couched in a soundscape that is rigid and industrialistic, tinged with semi-Gothic production. Reviewers have likened the sounds on his first full-length solo outing, 1st Communiqué of A. r.e.v.o.l., as “loud, intense, forceful and aggressive” while another simply labels it as “a full frontal assault.”
While acknowledging that his rebellious socio-political message and devil may care attitude is not for everyone, he’s quick to remind listeners that he’s got the best of all at heart as he shares, “I’ve covered a lot of ground the last three years in building up what I’ve lost and “face lifting” the ugly person I once was; I still have a long ways to go in order to positively contribute to society.”
And, surrounded by European dancehall beats and Hip-Hop flows, revol’Angelo is here to get the job done.