[After recently gracing the stage with hip-hop moguls Slick Rick and Rakim, Javotti Media’s Niko Is talks to SOHH about being surrounded by greatness.]

It was life-changing [meeting them]. It was crazy. I got asked to do this jam with Soul Rebels, this incredible, incredible band from New Orleans and they just play incredible jams. They are a really big band with horns and it’s just next level.

I had the pleasure of getting invited to jam with them and I was like, “Absolutely!” I didn’t even check the rest of the e-mail when they had a flyer attached and it had Rakim, Slick Rick, and I was like, “Ah man!” It was better than I had ever hoped. I got to build with Rakim for some hours, we got to drink together and talk together.

RAKIM. SLICK RICK. RAHZEL. SKYZOO. SOUL REBELS. ERIC KRASNO. NIKO IS. Blessed. #ColoursOfTheCulture

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It was just like, “Wow.” The God. He’s such a humble man. He has so much insight. He has so much knowledge to drop. It was super surreal.

Slick Rick? It was just crazy.

I had to rap after Rakim, after he got a standing ovation. No pressure!

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