MALAKAI® is a versatile hip-hop artist and the founder of his movement Substance Over Hype®. MALAKAI is creating a fusion of genres, styles, movements, and cultures. He simply refers to his music and its genre as, “Fresh.” MALAKAI produces his own beats; and his lyrics range from feel-good poetics to artful story telling. Of Mexican & Spanish descent, MALAKAI tastefully includes the slight weaving of Spanish into some songs such as “Fresh” “Ghetto Blaster” and “Concrete Rose.”
Born and raised in Tucson, AZ he found that hip-hop and street movements partially helped him to overcome a previously negative environment and destructive lifestyle. MALAKAI began his journey in music as a freestyle-battle MC. He left Tucson on the heels of winning what we would be the defining battle of his hip-hop career: where he beat a long-time rival MC in front of an audience of 5,000 people. The win was awarded by the world-famous freestyle MC, Supernatural, group The Pharcyde, and a crowd decision. After that win, MALAKAI retired from battling and moved to Los Angeles. Once in L.A. he began learning about music production and recording from a producer named Igloo. MALAKAI then produced, wrote, and released 2 albums and 2 singles between 2007 and 2010. His albums, “Verstalyle Stile” and “Rebels of the Audio Revival” were well received. The positive response to his music, live performances, and a particularly successful show with artist Bruno Mars further encouraged him. In 2011, MALAKAI decided to further build and fully execute both his visions: MALAKAI Music & Substance Over Hype -for an official release in 2012.
In August of 2012, MALAKAI officially launched Substance Over Hype. Substance Over Hype is meant to entertain and inspire audiences through a fusion of talents. With MALAKAI at the wheel, these “Kings & Queens” will tell stories, create unrivaled media, and perform live. Be on the lookout for music, movement, and more… from MALAKAI & Substance Over Hype!