Nero was recently laced with some Bloodbath gear for a photoshoot that he just had a few days back. For those of you who aren’t familiar with Nero, get familiar! Rappers often fixate on the term “lyrical” both on and off record. It’s a choice word to rhyme with “miracle” but few MC’s in today’s overcrowded game live up to such a description as does Nero, the 16 year old Harlemite. Queens bred in 1993, hip-hop has been something that was always in his blood.
Having released the golden era tribute ‘Alive & Vibrant’ in January 2009 and it’s reissue entitled ‘Alive & Vibrant: Relive The Moment’ in July of the same year, it seems only right that his real debut is painted over production from the age he was born in, built by those he grew up listening. The project, estimated to have been downloaded over ten thousand times, boasts original features from the likes of Chip Tha Ripper, Truck North, Hassaan Mackey and others, has been picked up by such blogs and websites as HipHopDX, NahRight, 2DopeBoyz, OnSMASH, illRoots and countless others. One site has praised ‘A&V’ for its “vintage sound”, comparing the project to Nas’ highy acclaimed debut album, ‘Illmatic’, while mixtape mecca RapMullet states that Nero is “a definite MC to be checking for”. Two music videos have been released for ‘A&V’, including ‘Buck Em Down’ which won an award for “Best Music” in the 2009 Westport Youth Film Festival.
What’s next for young Nero? A lot. His new music is poised to make ‘Alive & Vibrant’ seem like only a prefix as Nero challenges himself, expanding both his musical and lyrical landscapes on a unique and completely different canvas than its predicate.