Nico The Beast
When it comes to Philly, the music scene isbuilt on a number of things: Soul, honestyand raw talent. You could say that these three things are encompassed in one man, South Philly’s own Nico The Beast. Startingout in 1999, he honed his lyrical prowess onthe battle scene, decimating any competitionthat came in his path with witty wordplay andback-breaking punchlines. It wasn’t until 2006 that Nico really started to record his raw material, something that writers like Jeff Weiss accurately describe as “knucklenosed, blue-collar sobriety”. In 2008, his hard work culminated with No Beast So Fierce, his debut album that saw Nico hold his own alongside Philly Hip-Hop denizens like Reef the Lost Cauze, 2ew Gunn Ciz and many more. Showcasing his no frills/no nonsense attitude with intricate flows, Nico kept the kettle warm with series like “Feed The Beast”, where he went on a tear, annihilating instrumentals and building his rep. Many heads turned when the awe-inspiring Dinner Is Served mixtape followed, being an even iller example of Nico’s many lanes: endless flows, deep introspection, a
never-say-die attitude and just real Hip-Hop flavor. While many writers and
“tastemakers” were dripping in “swag juice”, Nico kept it colder than the other side of the
pillow, delivering raw uncut reality on a steel plate. Outside of his own projects, he
always took the time to show love to those who hollered, providing insane features on a
host of releases time and again.
All of this has culminated with the release of his latest album, The Beast Within. After
some reorganization within his life, and some personal losses, instead of cowering in a
corner, Nico took his pain and frustration to the beast, bringing you his truth, no matter
how intense. Whether it’s detailing his anguish over losing his son to detailing the events
of a horrific car accident, he attacks each beat the same: head-on with no qualms. In a
world where posturing and perpetrating can get you everywhere, it makes sense that a
born and bred South Philly Beast represents the essence of what Hip-Hop is built on.
A father of four (three alive and one sadly deceased), and a husband of five years, Nico
remains the blue-collar Beast, using the spoils of these MC wars to feed his family.
That’s another trait that could be associated with Philly: a never say die attitude, and a
loyalty to those in your circle. Nico The Beast is all of these things and more, and invites
you to realize that with every bar he spits…