Unapo­lo­get­ic­ally push­ing through the industry with her straight-up lyr­ic­al punches, Ekelle reclaims her­self with her debut EP ‘Dark Skin & Tat­toos’ accom­pan­ied by visu­als for her pro-ho single ‘Throw Them Dollaz’.

In keep­ing with the theme of women empower­ment, her EP and single ‘Throw Them Dollaz’ high­lights her struggles of being a women in the music industry and the judge­ment she encountered.

On the single Ekelle said, “This song is about my struggles and the struggles of oth­er women the music industry, it’s very hard to get a start as a female and it’s extremely expens­ive so I’m just telling people I need money. I have no prob­lem with someone invest­ing in me and my career wheth­er that be a baller, an exec­ut­ive or just myself!”

“With the music that I make people are going to assume whatever they want about me sexu­ally and I don’t care, it’s my life. I’m not talk­ing about any­thing that women before me haven’t done and women after me will do. I briefly stripped, I worked for as a bach­el­or­ette dan­cer, I’ve been a wait­ress in a strip club and I’m not ashamed, just hav­ing a reg­u­lar 9–5 does­n’t cut it any­more these days”

Her EP encap­su­lates women empower­ment, wheth­er it’s cap­tur­ing the intric­a­cies of love on ‘Dark Skin & Tat­toos,’ to reclaim­ing her­self in ‘Throw Them Dollaz’ the spell­bind­ing EP explores the many cre­vasses of what women go through on the daily. The lead single was premiered on EARMILK, and received many accol­ades from Under­ground Hip Hop Blog, I Am Hip Hop Magazine and Fla­vour Mag to name a few. Adding to her rising pop­ular­ity with blog­gers and taste­m­akers after the suc­cess of her last release,’Dark Skin & Tat­toos’, her latest EP marks a new jour­ney for the rap­per whilst show­cas­ing what more she has up her sleeve.

Her pas­sion, drive and most import­antly appre­ci­ation of music motiv­ated her to embark on a music career of her own.  Ekelle is a multi-genre artist and song­writer from Toronto, Ontario. Ekelle rhymes about rela­tion­ships, money, life in the Tdot, women’s issues and oth­er areas that have affected her life to cre­ate a style that she calls ‘Hood Pop’ — Pop­u­lar music with a street edge.


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Rishma Dhaliwal

Rishma Dhaliwal

Edit­or / PR Con­sult­ant at No Bounds
Rishma Dhali­w­al has extens­ive exper­i­ence study­ing and work­ing in the music and media industry. Hav­ing writ­ten a thes­is on how Hip Hop acts as a social move­ment, she has spent years research­ing and con­nect­ing with artists who use the art form as a tool for bring­ing a voice to the voice­less. Cur­rently work­ing in TV, Rishma brings her PR and media know­ledge to I am Hip Hop and oth­er pro­jects by No Bounds.

About Rishma Dhaliwal

Rishma Dhaliwal
Rishma Dhaliwal has extensive experience studying and working in the music and media industry. Having written a thesis on how Hip Hop acts as a social movement, she has spent years researching and connecting with artists who use the art form as a tool for bringing a voice to the voiceless. Currently working in TV, Rishma brings her PR and media knowledge to I am Hip Hop and other projects by No Bounds.