Ollie OX is an American Hip Hop musician, lyricist, and performer hailing from Kalamazoo, Michigan. His musical style often blends varying tones and delivery with subject matter shifting between comical themes, intricate wordplay, widely varying imagery, storytelling, metaphors, and absurdism.
Ollie OX has been active in the independent hip-hop music scene since 1998. After receiving an instrumental hip-hop tape from a high school friend he began to explore rhyming and writing lyrics. While attending college at Appalachian State University he became heavily involved in the local hip-hop scene and started MC-ing for local talent showcases and performing gigs in the area. It was there he released an independent 12 track album entitled Ill-Literate under the name Jr. Ripley.
After graduating, he moved to Tucson Arizona in 2005 where he became a regular performer and participated in Tucson’s Mic Fights 9 in 2005 placing 4th among Tucson’s battle elite.
In 2008, he moved to Brooklyn, NY where he linked up with long time friend and producer Jake Palumbo. The two began work on Ollie’s 3rd project; an 8 track EP entitled ‘Leap’. In late 2008-09 Ollie OX took a year long hiatus from music to work and travel overseas.
After returning back to the U.S., Ollie OX began recording again and entered into a National battle of the bands competition.
In 2010 Ollie OX was awarded the grand prize in a national Battle of the Bands competition where he was awarded a $25,000 record contract and 25 city U.S. tour. The label's subsequent failure to release money for recording costs prompted him to sever ties and pursue his goals independently. His third album, Dancing With Ammo was released independently in September of 2011. Ollie OX now resides in San Francisco.