Noah-O is normally a reserved, almost stand-off, person. However, he is very open when talking about the influence that the late Kleph Dollaz has had on his career and development as an MC. “I’ve never met a person with the influence of J-Dilla, but when I think of Kleph, he’s that type of person; an incubator of talent,” Noah said to me in earlier this year during an interview at Charged Up Studios.
“Before he (Kleph) died, he was pulling in so many people out of Virginia to come in and work on music. I felt he was hand-picking people that he saw talent in. I was able to meet so many people from those experiences….once he died, I didn’t know what to do. I had to chill out on music for a bit.”
In a tribute to his mentor and friend, Noah has released All Souled Out, a collection of work that they had been working on together before Kleph passing. Originally set for release in 2012, everything was put on halt after Kleph’s sudden passing. Noah feels the timing is right now for people to experience the music they’ve held.
The 10 track project, completely produced by Dollaz, has features from Joey Gallo, Chance Fischer, Cheyenne Lavene, and Garnett Boldin. Noah previously released the track “Minority Report” featuring Joey Gallo a few years ago and it remains a standout tribute track. He also released the hard hitting “Filipino King” as the lead single to the album.
You can see Noah-O perform tracks from All Souled Out this Friday at Gallery 5 for Lights, Camera, Action: A Celebration of Hip Hop Films & Music. Doors open at 7 PM. #WESEEIT