They say that nice guys finish last, but four young men repping Houston, Texas are out to prove that saying wrong. Through beats, rhymes, and musings about life, The Niceguys are musically what’s happening now. A self-contained unit, the four-man group comprises MC (Yves ‘Easy Yves Saint’ Ozoude), DJ (Lucien ‘DJ Candlestick’ Barton) and producers (Todd ‘Christolph’ Louis and Winfrey ‘Free’ Oribhabor).
DJ Candlestick holds it all together. “Candlestick, is without a doubt one of the best DJ’s I’ve seen. He’s very skilled, and technically sound, you just have to hear him spin to really understand it,” says Free of Candlestick’s turntable skills. While they make beautiful music together, it’s clear that they’re all genuinely friends as well.
While often times Hip Hop can feel inaccessible to some, The Niceguys craft a sound that everyone can relate to. “We are just regular dudes, we’re genuine,” says Free. Their “people first” mentality trickles into their music, which represents everyday people, while at the same time reinventing the wheel sonically. Always nice to fans, the group prides themselves on being down to earth.
While most artists take an entire career to find their signature sound, The Niceguys have found theirs in less than five years.
For those who have slept on The Niceguys, it’s time to wake up and check out your next favorite album from your new favorite group. While James Kelley is geared to be a lot of things to a lot of people, Christolph puts it best: “this album will be the soundtrack to all of the wrong choices you make.”The four met in the halls of the University of Houston, with Free, Candlestick, and Christolph all being Texan natives, and Yves originally hailing from Queens, New York. In 2007, the Niceguys released their debut project in the form of a mixtape, Niceguys Finish Last Vol. 1. Two years later, The Green Room arrived, which was the catalyst for the Niceguys’ inevitable critical acclaim