There’s a new virus spreading through the streets of Hip-Hop. This rare disease is contaminating the population upon contact with infectious hooks, sick lyrics and raw energy. His name is WES NYLE. Born and raised in Southern California, the 23 year-old emcee, who has already been called “one to watch” by Fader Magazine and New York’s Hot 97, is spreading his music by his own rules.
Born On August 2, 1989 in Glendale, CA, Wes grew up in a very diverse community. Wes spent the majority of his wonder years in Pasadena/South Central with his mother, who was well aware of her and her son’s surroundings. Sports kept Wes out of the rising trouble and gangs of South Central but it was the “Arts” that held a special place in his heart.
“I was always a real ‘arts’ kind of kid,” says Wes. “I would draw, paint, graffiti, I also did acting.”
\u2028But Wes caught an incurable affection when he listened to Hip-Hop for the first time. He was introduced to Hip-Hop through an older sister who was found blasting the music from her room daily. Between Snoop Dogg, Pac, No Limit and Eminem, Wes was enamored by the honesty, rawness and authenticity of the genre. By the age of 14, Wes dedicated his life to Hip-Hop.
“I always loved music as young as one year old, my parents say,” states Wes. “If it was the weekend I would be on the computer for hours trying to make beats. For Christmas, I would always ask for CDs or stereo players. I realized it was something I wanted to spend my life doing.”
At the age of 15, Wes started sharing his music through the Internet. The emcee sold his music on iTunes and started to generate a cult following. 8 years later and Wes has garnered 13,000,000+ views on the popular video streaming site, YouTube. Being one of the founding members of the Jerk movement – a popular dance in Southern California – Wes started to get noticed on a higher level. In 2011, Fader Magazine featured his Jerk inspired song, “M.C. Hammer” on their Daily Download Stream. In 2013, Wes embarked on a 30-city “Clash of the Titans” tour with The Alkaholiks and DJ Heron to further extend his fanbase.
“I am always looking to be innovative and not afraid to try new things with my art,” explains Wes about his growing success. “I see a lot of people following others and that’s not what I am doing. A lot of people try to rush into the game and I realized that’s not how you ‘STAY’ in the game. I’m bringing my own. I’m taking my time and not rushing myself into this game. It’s my passion, not just a hobby.”
Wes’ passion is paving the way for the young California emcee. With his debut EP, and New Single Look Up and See, dropping at the top of 2014. Wes has no plans of sleeping or being slept on for that matter.