Black-I was formed in 2016 when Malcom Laws (The Black Depths) and Ohimai Ojeikere (Ike-Q) met at their college library. The two quickly gained a mutual admiration for each other’s art and decided to collaborate.
The unlikely pairing – Black (a Suitland, MD native) and Ike (a globetrotting Nigerian) – seem poised to establish a core fan base and craft their own dynamic sound. Influenced by the lyrical acts of yesteryear, Black-I uses their poetic, earnest delivery to give the pictures painted and stories told in the Dallas hip-hop scene their own atypical slant.
The Black Depths – a budding dual-threat – handles the production and pens verses. Ike-Q, on the other hand, renders himself a capable co-author of whatever epic the duo weaves.
“The Starting 5” EP is the Texas hip-hop duo’s debut project and displays the group’s versatility and chemistry as they cover topics ranging from drug use & family dysfunction to their innermost thoughts about being newcomers to the game.
Black-I is just getting started because their follow-up to “The Starting 5” is already halfway done! Since we’ve already got your attention and you love DOPE hip-hop like we do, listen to the EP right now and connect with The Black Depths and Ike-Q on their respective Twitter and IG. Lastly, stay close to DCWS because we’ll be sharing our in-depth review of “The Starting 5” and our exclusive interview with the duo very soon.