Nikko McFadden, 2016’s Regional Artist of the Year at The Omaha Hip-Hop Awards was born Aug. 6th 1989 in Southern California. He is the founder of Real Life Music LLC a registered and trademarked independent record label in Sioux Falls, South Dakota home to the artists Philly Fate, 1DU, Denham, and First Lady Shandi Wells.
Nikko McFadden spent years as a homeless teenager, in and out of Juvenile detention Centers, then turning it into Prison time from the age of 18-21. After his release he has changed his life completely for the better giving back to the same community that he grew up in.
Nikko has traveled the country, spreading music, knowledge, peace, and his story. Starting as a poet, he now performs around the U.S. and also speaks at youth lock up facilities about addictions and overcoming adversities.
He has released an independent EP and a popular DJ out of DC hosted mix-tape and 3 full length LP’s! Real Life Music Vol. 1: Reflections of an Underdog, Real Life Music Vol. 2: Ordinary People and Real Life Music Vol. 3: Chapter 26. All of these albums are available for online purchase and his YouTube has 150,000+ views!He has performed MULTIPLE festivals such as Jazz Fest (headling 2 twice), 605 Summer Classic, Omaha’s New Generation Music Festival, Saturday In The Park, Soul Fest in Rapid City, South Dakota and the Real Life Music Festival in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. He also has multiple performances with National artist such as MGK, Too Short, Kid Ink, Tech N9ne, Slim Thug, Twista, Yelawolf, Rittz, Nelly, Don Trip, Starlito, E-40, Rich Homie Quan, Stevie Stone, Ying Yang Twins, Chingy, 2 Chainz, Caskey and more in an out of South Dakota. He’s known for charismatic stage presence and professionalism. He has had his poetry featured in newspapers and an article in the statewide “605 Magazine”. He has high quality music and videos on YouTube, iTunes, Spotify, Amazon and SoundCloud.
While his past is a huge facet for his music, he doesn’t let it weigh him down. He’s been involved with multiple non-profit fundraisers, and also worked hand-in-hand with troubled children since his release and is passionate about seeing a change. His new clothing line released Fall 2016, this is one artist that is constantly reminding you can come from the gutters and make a positive environment for others with similar struggles.