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Grammy Nominated Artist Christylez Bacon Unites Cultures through Music

Christylez Bacon is a GRAMMY Nominated Progressive Hip-Hop artist and multi-instrumentalist from Southeast, Washington, DC. As a performer, Christylez multi-tasks between various instruments such as the West African djembe drum, acoustic guitar, and the human beat-box (oral percussion), all while continuing the oral tradition of storytelling through his lyrics.

With a mission towards cultural acceptance and unification through music, Christylez is constantly pushing the envelope – from performances at the National Cathedral, to becoming the first Hip-Hop artist to be featured at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, composing and orchestrating an entire concert for a 12-piece orchestra commissioned by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the Smithsonian Institute, or recording a Folk/Hip-Hop children’s album.

Christylez was influenced by Washington DC’s Go-go music scene and his mom’s playlist, which included a lot of hip-hop. As a child Christylez used what he could to create music and started by banging on buckets and trashcans.  He wanted to make beats that blended with his rhymes and as a result created his own unique style.

Christylez enjoys intersecting things that would typically be polar opposites, such as mixing classical music with a hip-hop beat. After a performance with Rick Franklin, Nistha Raj and Wytold at BloomBars, Christylez said “I enjoy mixing hood music with world music in a tasteful way.”

As a long-term goal, Christylez said, “ I want to travel internationally, learn indigenous styles of music and teach what I know from my own culture and experience and take that information and create collaborative albums with others. To me, that’s living the dream.”

Christylez Bacon breaks down Progressive Hip-Hop, his talents on multiple instruments, and mission through music.

Christylez Bacon performs at TEDx 

A recent collaboration between Christylez Bacon and Niṣṭha Raj – Spaces: Bhairavi Beatbox

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