"Malachi spits with the nimbleness of the illest emcee." - RollingOut Magazine
“Lyrical and Poetic.” - Examiner
“Throwback B-Boy with a dramatic monologue." - AllHipHop
“Malachi Rivers recites and cajoles over a state of the art Jazz Quartet.” - The Village Voice
"Also dominant is the booming voice of Malachi; Malachi improvisation is impressive not only for its poetic content but how it reflects the music.” - JazzTimes Magazine
“Malachi is reminiscent of Gil Scott Heron.” - Denver Post
Malachi, who adds some def poetry to the brew. One phrase that sticks in my head is 'the rumbling of a djembe on a rooftop, as Africanisms make more cash crops and the beat doesn't stop. It goes on and on and on...' Yes it does." - NPR
With credits to his name including working with HBO’s ‘True Blood’ Star Nelsan Ellis, Grammy Award winning Hip Hop artist Doodlebug of the Digable Planets, touring Europe with Jazz artist Marcus Strickland, performing at NPR and XM/Sirius Live Studios, landing the theme song for Chic Rebellion TV new show ‘Brand: Mom’, opening for artists such as Common and Gill Scott Heron, alternative Hip Hop artist Malachi Rivers is more than just a rapper on a beat he is a complete Hip Hop experience. Clearly, a deviation from the Hip Hop that is heard on the radio today Malachi artistry is compelling, lyrical, and engaging.
Downbeat Magazine describes Malachi live performance experience best when he toured with Jazz artist Marcus Strickland as a Hip Hop and Spoken Word sidekick “Malachi keeps the performance level at a fever pitch; he has a commanding oratory. In tandem with the chops and conviction of the Strickland brothers, it underscores the music's wallop. Some experiments sound like an exercise; this one's all about passion.
From his humble beginnings in Maryland at the prestigious Suitland High School for the performing arts, to the University of Maryland studying voice with world renowned bass Francois Loup and Soprano Carmen Balthrop, to rapping and performing spoken word poetry at New York City’s premiere music night clubs including Blue Note Jazz Club, SOB’s, and Nuyorican Poets Cafe, to hitting the stage in Germany, Norway, Amsterdam, and London Malachi delivers lyricism, passion, and a unique approach different from most Hip Hop artists of today. Malachi name means “my messenger” in Hebrew and you get a sense that he is pulling from a higher power on stage in order to deliver a musical message.
This year Malachi has joined forces with Brandon D”LUX yet again to release his follow up EP “The Other I”, a truthful embodiment of musical work that reflects the various sides of Malachi musically
• “Make It Sexy” Single Released with Praise on the Web
• National & International Campaign Partnership with Injii.com.
• “Love Is All” Single and Video Released to Speak Out Against Depression.
• “The Other I” EP Release Campaign Underway
• Live National & International Performances Planned
• National & International Distribution (Tunecore)