Born and raised in Southside Jamaica Queens, the artist Nikko Tesla experienced very humble beginnings, even though his musical lineage would say otherwise. The Nephew of disco legend Gloria Gaynor, who curated such hits as “I Will Survive” and “Never Can Say Goodbye” and the Son of Sondra Simon who sang backup for Gloria and was the lead singer of Simon Said, Nikko didn’t have
to travel far to fall in love with music or get a music lesson. Nikko’s love of music was instant, watching his family sing while he learned to play various instruments,
but his love of hip hop came from his favorite emcee “Nas”. Nas’ influence on Nikko was dramatic, listening to the fellow Queens MC put words together became
an everyday hobby. Before long, Nikko would start writing his own story and rhymes, his mother Sondra then began to give him song-writing lessons with homework that needed to be completed to move on to something new. After perfecting his craft, the accolades started to pour in. Nikko won BU magazine’s unsigned artist of the month, Industry Muscle’s Unsigned Artist of the month, has been featured in Talent Only Magazine twice, has worked with the likes of Iz Dofat, The Wonder Twinz, Maximum Pressure, Dj’s And Mc’s, Dj Smooth Denali, is a 4x VMA
Nominee and 2x Winner for best “Live Freestyle” and best “Freestyle on wax”, just to name a few. He has released Numerous projects from “Cold NY Morning”, “The Black August LP”, and even a compilation project with fellow Gemstone Mc’s titled “The Development”. His latest upcoming project “Black Hill Ave” has garnered serious attention from the indie and commercial scene alike.
After working with WVMR own Katie Kay on Monday Night Rawrr, he started to notice her work ethic, and her work with her artist Live Johnson , Nikko joined the Ivy Productions management team in October of 2017, preparing for the magic that is Black Hill Avenue. His latest single Judy’s Gone released February 27th 2018. Right now, everyone wants to know what Nikko has to say, and he has plenty to get off his chest.
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