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Rifleman aka Ellay Khule


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Genre: Hip Hop

LOS ANGELES, California, US , leimert Blvd.

Label: Asita Recordings - Indie

ELLAY KHULE is a veteran in the international underground hip-hop scene birthed right out of south central LA. He has been rapping since the late 80’s and started off as a youth freestyling bag rapping with family and friends, which led to a life-time love. Stuck between the streets (gangs) of L.A. and hip hop, hip hop eventually won out and made Ellaykhule AKA Rifleman an icon.

Always winning various showcases and talent shows as a youngster - but having a knack for curb battling and cipher challenges, Khule was victorious more times than not. The reputation of the emcee grew having timeless old skool influences such as RUN DMC, GRANDMASTER FLASH & THE FURIOUS 5, CHILL ROB G, KANE, KOOL G RAP, WHODINI-PE, DOUGIE FRESH, and SLICK RICK. Today, he has influenced your favorite emcee.Hip hop wasn’t his only influence. He was into COLTRANE, QUIET RIOT, KRAFTWERK, MALCOLM MACCLAREN, NEW WAVE, REGGAE and OLE SKOOL R&B SOUL; so, he naturally incorporates those music influences into the unmatched patterns and rhythms of his rhyme structure. This made his sound innovative and distinct.

In 1989, a place called the Good Life Café opened and it was where the youth could verbally express themselves in an open mic forum. This is the place where the emcee ELLAY KHULE really connected and matured lyrically. One reason was the ongoing friendly competition with musical comrades such as FREESTYLE FELLOWSHIP, CVE, FUNKY TREND, ATU, AHMAD, VOLUME 10, KURUPT, OMD, JURASIK 5, and BUSDRIVER, just to name a few.

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