"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.
Last year Malachi joined forces with up and coming producer Brandon A. Durette and studio engineer Serge A. Espitia of Tiny Thunder Audio and released his debut EP ‘Stereo Sound Escape’ to great reviews. MiddleChild Promotions noted ‘Stereo Sound Escape” as being one of the “Slept on Albums of 2012” whom he was the only Hip Hop artist and shared the list with great company including Estelle and Eric Benet.
Malachi is set to take the stage in the next few months promoting ‘Stereo Sound Escape’ as well as, promoting new singles from his collaborations with other artists.
Currently, Malachi is working on his four song summer mixtape with the first single entitled “Wind Parade” a tribute to Jazz great Donald Byrd.
Malachi Rivers Collaborates with HBO's "True Blood" Star Nelsan Ellis
Malachi Rivers Collaborates with HBO's "True Blood" Star Nelsan Ellis for Malachi's Debut EP 'Stereo Sound Escape'
"New World" (Part II The Schizo Speaks) Feat. Nelsan Ellis of HBO's hit show True Blood & Carlos Ricketts, Jr. This song talks about changing our mindsets and how we all need to look for a "New World" a new state of mind. The song has a throwback B-Boy 80's dance feel to it with a dramatic monologue at the end recited by Nelsan Ellis in which he channels a schizophrenic homeless man who shares his views on what the world needs.
'Brand Mom' host Karen Taylor Bass connects with mom/actress Malinda Williams and the two get real about motherhood, career, relationships and why mommies need to 'stay in their lanes.' Plus, Malinda opens up about her the role her son's father--actor Mekhi Phifer--plays in their lives.
Malachi Rivers EP 'Stereo Sound Escape' Listed as One of the 12 Slept On Albums of 2012 by MiddleChild Promotions
2012 definitely seemed to be the Year of the Comeback for urban music! But while we were blessed with a lot of great music from a lot of our favorite artists, as well as some pleasant new surprises, there were still quite a few albums we felt didn’t get the proper promotion and/or recognition they deserved. So, for your consideration, we have a recap of 12 mainstream albums and 3 underground labors of love released in 2012 that you should check out if you already haven’t.
New York’s Malachi Rivers decided to take hip-hop back to a 90s state of mind with the release of his debut EP 'Stereo Sound Escape'. His organically soulful flow was a refreshing break from the microwave rap hogging the airwaves and the nostalgia brought on by his boom-bap production was more than welcome and enjoyed. Name your own price and download it via Bandcamp sooner (like now) than later!