There are probably a lot of bad rappers that you don’t know about. Nodji isn’t one of them. He self describes his sound as “A young Denzel dabbed with a soft, sweet, subtle touch of Steve Buscemi as he appears in The Big Lebowski. Top it off with a hint of malicia indegena, some ‘bad’ penmanship for ‘good’ measure, slap some scribles on the edges, tie up the whole thing with slivers of Neal Cassidy and you’ve got a bottle of Broken Bass Blues baby!”
The Young Denzel, aka Nodji, aka Mauricio Geuvera, hails from the state of Texas. His hip hop productions come about by way of his dear friend Waterbed, who produces most of Nodji’s tracks from his bedroom. Nodji describes his writing process leading up to the studio as one that involves movement. “It’s pretty difficult for me to write if I’m not moving, I like to do it all over a good stroll. You know, mind and body, and all that.” There is a lot of feeling in Nodji’s music; most of the time you can hear him smiling through the track. One of the biggest problems with up and coming rappers is that they lack any kind of personality shining through their music. This is an area where Nodji excels; he has a unique flow that makes you feel like he’s kind of casually rapping to you, more akin to a low key rooftop conversation with a new friend. Drawing inspiration from trees, to Bukowski, to ladies, the young rapper relates to an audience in a way that’s all his own.
Here at KCOU we are hoping that the music world holds good things in store for Nodji. His debut mixtape, Njekwanodji, is set to be released in the near future. In the mean time, you can check out some Nodji sounds on his Bandcamp.