MeLo-X is one of New York City’s most coveted artists. Sure, MeLo’s name rings bells overseas, but the headquarters of his kingdom lies here in Gotham. He takes the city’s sound, processes them, and then coats them in a rich substance that can only be described as “rhythmic freedom.” He is musical liberation in the flesh. A theoretical martyr giving his all to his artistic impulses, MeLo-X is a rare breed. While a number of artists have joined the rat race that is superstardom, MeLo-X has opted for something more real–something more organic and long lasting.
A man of many talents, MeLo-X’s legacy reaches far beyond methodical lyricism and entrancing beats. A painter, a photographer, a director, and overall art enthusiast, he is an artistic deity who encourages us all to find our own unique brand of creative divinity. He inspires us all to free our minds and take off our cool.
It is MeLo-X, and other artists like him, who make New York City a mecca of cultural inspiration. He is a man who has realized his potential and is doing everything in his power to see that potential through. So, when we refer to him as a rare breed and an artistic deity, we aren’t putting him on a pedestal; we are promoting the concept of self-actualization.
Dead in the middle of his newest project, GOD Trilogy, we invited MeLo-X out to the ROX Gallery to chop it up about his inspirations, his musical stylings, and the concept behind the GOD Trilogy.
Akeem is our founder. A writer, poet, curator and profuse sweater, he is responsible for the curatorial direction and overall voice of Quiet Lunch. The Bronx native has read at venues such as the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, KGB Bar, Lovecraft and SHAG–with works published in Palabra Luminosas and LiVE MAG13. He has also curated solo and group exhibitions at numerous galleries in Chelsea, Harlem, Bushwick and Lower Manhattan.