Original Virtuoso (real name, Ian Omavi Maineculf) is a rapper from Brooklyn, NY.
The artist discovered a passion for music at a young age. He grew up listening to a variety of different genres. His exposure to different kinds of music was foundational to his career. Original Virtuoso, also known by his aliases OV or Oviwan Kenobi, started creating captivating compositions at only 8 years of age. He’s never looked back since!
OV is a key fixture in the underground rap scene in New York. The artist draws his influences from his hometown, tapping into that classic East Coast vibe. OV’s style is reminiscent of the likes of New York legend Biggie Smalls. He has a similar distinctive lyrical flow with a strong focus on storytelling and clever rhymes. The artist is also inspired by the likes of contemporary Chicago & Atlanta rappers such as Kanye West and Andre 3000, to mention but two.
In his music, the artist explores a variety of aspects of his life, from New York hood politics and systematic racism to love, death, and philosophy. He’s a motivated and driven artist, with a witty and intelligent approach to songwriting.
Original Virtuoso seamlessly blurs the lines between different genres. These include dancehall, reggae, afro-beat, jazz, house, and soul. He has an experimental approach to his music and loves to craft unique soundscapes and rap flows.
The artist recently released his incredible debut EP “#4MYNEGUSANDMYBISHES”.