THE ANGELIC XPERIENCE may very well be hip hops last great hope. In times when watered down hip-hop music is being thrown upon the masses, someone must reach deep within to attempt to preserve the art form, which they have become a part of, and one with.
Anjalo Russell, aka the.angelic.xperience, a Los Angeles native born July 16, has been perfecting his musical talents since the early age of 6 when he began to study classical piano. While other kids wanted to play Nintendo, Anjalo wanted to play with his Yamaha PSR keyboard, learning chord structures and creating sounds. By the age of 9, Anjalo discovered hip-hop, which at the time was raw, fresh, and totally new to the commercial world. Groups and artists like N.W.A, B.D.P., Public Enemy, Eric B. & Rakim were selling records at a furious rate, and were beginning to influence young Anjalo.
After falling in love with this new phenomenon, Anjalo began to intertwine his piano skills with hip hop music, replaying by ear his favorite hits. By the age of 13, Anjalo decided it was time to pick up the mic and start writing and performing rap lyrics, along with the melodic music he had began composing. He began writing songs and performing anywhere he could – open mics, talent shows, cyphers at high school – Anjalo was there, with his backpack on, spitting aggressive rhymes. Throughout his adolescent years, he continued to hone his talents as a producer/composer, using whatever music equipment he could afford to get his hands on. By the time Anjalo was a freshman at San Diego State University; he had reached a high level of confidence on stage, and continued to perform on campus at SDSU. College became his focus however, and a career in hip-hop was put on the back burner.
In college, Anjalo established himself as a talented poet, entering his poetry in school publications. Towards the end of his college career, after studying everything from Communications, Religious Studies, Psychology to Sociology, Anjalo was ready to prepare hip-hop music that would reach, educate, and uplift all peoples, with a social agenda, at the same time, with exquisite beats and sophisticated lyrics.
Throughout his underground career, Anjalo has produced, written, engineered, and mixed numerous recordings in hopes of sharing his gifts with the world. He began working in recording studios at age 14, (by saving money earned from taking out trash and organizing shopping carts at grocery store lots..) and remains a perfectionist when it comes to achieving that big, rich, full sound. Anjalo‘s recent projects include composing film score/serving as music supervisor for full length independent film projects Pretty Lady & Las Vegas 2000, as well as performing a heart thumping score to multi selling rapper DMX’s biographical documentary Dark Man X.
Anjalo is now solely focused on providing the musical landscapes and backdrops for other rappers, as well as R&B, pop, and electronica vocalists. He has of late added the electric guitar and bass to his heavily synth-based sound , providing him a greater landscape of sound, and diverse garnishments for various musical styles such as new wave, pop, rock, 80′s and funk. He is the son of renown drummer, Robin Russell of 70′s Funk/Soul band NewBirth, the rhythm has been with him from conception. (sample Robin’s Drum Beats here – Robin Russel 1 or Robin Russell 2.
Anjalo’s underground solo EP released in 2002 on the streets of Los Angeles, “Forbidden scriptures“, and has been held in high esteem among hip hop purists & musicians alike, featuring the underground classic “Special Angel“, which the artist nararates the story of his life through the eyes of his guardian angel. His 2006 sophomore effort – “The Essence“, which contains the songs “Somewhere 2 Go“, “H.E.R“, “2 Words“, and “That’s That Feeling“, have some of the most heartfelt, gut wrenching, honest and hilarious lyrics written in modern day hip hop.
Today, he strives to create and produce compositions and songs that will make you want to dance, as well as ponder questions about life’s meaning and purpose, our creator, and the state of the world in which we live. An emotional and heartfelt artist who possesses the producer’s ear, and the knack for funky sounds – the ANGELIC XPERIENCE is ready to take popular music into the atmosphere – and beyond.
Check out some of his videos:
MusicMogul.com Promo for Rodney ‘Darkchild’ Jerkins
Playing around in the bedroom studio.
Rockin Out at Pig ‘N Whistle with DaJuan Cowan.