For Nissim (formerly D.Black), the road away from and back to music has been long and fraught with soul seraching on a deep and spiritual level rarely associated with hip-hop culture. After early career successes in 2008 and 2009 lead to him becoming a rising star not only on the Seattle hip-hop scene but nationally as well, then named D.Black chose to give up life in the spotlight and immerse himself in the religious teachings of Orthodox Judaism, the conservatism of which would generally seem to reside at the opposite end of the spectrum from most rap music. For nearly the next three years, the choice to focus on faith and family proved spiritually invaluable for him, but the desire to express himself creatively and artistically through music still lingered. In a video interview at his home in the Seward Park neighborhood of Seattle, Nissim recalls it was in fact his faith that ultimately led him back to music, albeit with a newfound purpose to uplift and inspire positivity.
Emboldened and strengthened by his spirituality, Nissim is quickly recreating the momentum that propelled him to the title of "Seattle's Hip-Hop Love Child" with a new mixtape and a self-titled album dropping in July. On the second mixtape track released, "Chronicles," a stomping drum beat, rich piano chords and soaring vocal samples provide the background over which Nissim describes his turning away from his former life and the positive changes it has brought about. Few contemporary hip-hop artists channel quite the sense of jubilance, self assuredness and determination evident in every line of Nissim's prose, and the future is looking bright for this unique and talented artist on a mission.
Stream "Chronicles" here: https://soundcloud.com/nissim-music/chronicles/
Watch the Video Interview with Nissim here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ViKzkPVH1XQ
Please contact Michelle or Dan if interested in talking with Nissim.
Nissim is a Seattle based recording artist/producer, who made his first impression nationally in 2008 as D.Black, on producer Jake One's label, White Van Music, with the song "God Like". While his earlier recordings were filled with tales of guns, drugs and violence, it was in 2009, with the release of "Ali' Yah" that he quickly grabbed eardrums. The album was showered with accolades, such as landing the #12 spot on Amazon's "Outstanding Album's You Might Have Missed" list, it entered the CMJ Hip Hop Charts at #16, peaked at #4 for five weeks, and remained in the top 20 for nine weeks. The album's first music video "Yesterday" made its debut on XXL.com and shortly after entered rotation on multiple MTV networks. He performed at some of the countries most esteemed music festivals including; CMJ, SXSW, Capitol Hill Block Party, and Bumbershoot as well as sharing the stage with NaS, Mos Def, Macklemore, Freeway, Rhymefest, Boot Camp Click and Bun B to name a few. As D.Black he teetered on the verge of becoming a household name in the underground, but something was missing, and the man who would become Nissim, found himself in the midst of a spiritual crisis. After a two year hiatus and converting to Orthodox Judaism, Nissim dropped his former moniker, and adopted a new name, he began a new journey, and in his own words "…to make music that inspires and elevates this world, to the world of spirituality and divine purpose." Not your average MC, Nissim's work is multidimensional, combining energy and passion, with a deep focus on personal growth through times of struggle. His self-titled album is set for release in July 2013.