Sly5thAve

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Sly5thAve is the project of multi-instrumentalist, producer, arranger and composer Sylvester Uzoma Onyejiaka II, whose sophisticated compositions are shaped by his faith in hip hop, and deep understanding of soul, R&B and jazz. With a core underground following, Grammy award-winning horns player Sly5thAve’s projects have been backed by Jarobi White (A Tribe Called Quest), Gilles Peterson, Downbeat Mag, Noisey, NPR, The Fader, Jazz Times, Indie Shuffle, Earmilk and more. He has also attained much respect from his work with a host of highly- fêted musicians including; Prince, Stevie Wonder, Gladys Knight, The Dave Brubeck Quartet, Taylor Swift, Janelle Monae, Freddie Gibbs and labelmate Quantic. Moving to New York after attending Jazz school, Sly5thAve met many of his future collaborators at The Clubhouse in Brooklyn, New York. Home to a host of New York talent, including Freddie Gibbs, Theophilus London, Sene, Denitia and Homeboy Sandman, it is largely responsible for his entire sound. In 2016, Sly5thAve signed to Tru Thoughts records and officially released his ‘Composite’ EP. This was succeeded by his blissed-out single “Early Morning” with Will “Quantic” Holland on guitar and the release of his notable Dr. Dre project – ‘The Invisible Man: An Orchestral Tribute to Dr. Dre’ later that year, endorsed by Dr. Dre himself. His second LP 'What It Is' was released in 2020 to critical acclaim and sees Sly5thAve delving deeper into the worlds of hip hop, jazz and soul.

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