Not your conventional DMV sound? Yes, that’s usually one of the first thoughts and the importance of family that comes to mind when you hear DC’s Nilo. Safe to say, the passing of his mom fuels the melody-driven passion in his voice.
Losing his father at the age of 15, then losing his mother 10 years later, Nilo understands firsthand the importance of family and never take the time we have with our loved ones for granted. We all grieve and handle losses differently; some speak to a therapist, Nilo releases his issues and pain through his music.
Everyone dreams of their time to shine, even if it is just for a short moment. As first heard on Showtime boxing TV in undefeated superstar Welterweight Jaron Ennis (26-0 24KOs) entrance walkout, “Shining” has an up-tempo bounce with an infectious acoustic guitar that will have you nodding your head singing along “I’m a shine like diamonds, Rollie perfect put the time in.” Put the time in, not just lyrics, but a reality, a process Nilo has been going through to get where he is today.
In a day in age where no one is ever satisfied, an artist “doesn’t rap about anything” or “their music is too boring,” Nilo has mastered balancing the two. Melodically flowing over beats keeping up with today’s sound, yet telling real-life stories everyone can relate to. While his audience is steadily building, fans have not only insisted but vocalized he drop more music. He has teased various songs/unreleased snippets on his social media. Ennis, also known as “Boots,” has also been known to play some exclusive Nilo on his social media. Only dropping four songs in total last year, Nilo has already surpassed 250k streams collectively.