As a native Clevelander, Nikole Jaye’s music is in a class of its own.

Never one to be influenced by music trends, in the genre of hip-hop, Nikole has carved out a sound that stems uniquely from her sensibilities, influences and cultural background.

Born April 22, 1979, Nikole knew she wanted to be a hip-hop emcee at the young age of thirteen years old, when she found herself writing lyrics to old school beats of hip-hop pioneers such as Rakim, KRS-1 and Queen Latifah, to name a few.

In the past years, however, that Nikole has been actively pursuing a career in the music business as an emcee, performing at hip-hop hot spots in the Cleveland area like ‘Peabody’s,’ and local cafes.

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Also, she completed her album ‘6 Degrees of the conversation.’ The diversity of Nikole’s sound is underscored, by her overall philosophy to hip-hop: an emcee should be open to all elements of the music business, not just rhyming. And Nikole makes good on her words.

While Nikole’s ultimate goal is to be an emcee, she completed her Bachelor’s degree in Information Technology and Computer Science, to make it possible for her to write, make beats, produce her own music, and be technically informed when she is in the studio.

It’s no surprise that the passionate emcee with her Zeitgeist instincts embraced music at such a tender age, considering that her Mother, Debra Stewart, was a locally renowned Jazz singer in the Cleveland area, from the early Eighties to the Mid Nineties.

Nikole attributes much of the jazz influence that’s heard in her CD to being an unconscious response from being around her mother at rehearsals and preparing for gigs, during her formative years.

SoulGenetics presents Nikole-Jaye ‘ 6 Degrees of Conversation’

But she also has spent plenty of time digging in crates and finding inspirational tunes from the likes of legendary music greats Donny Hathaway, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Nancy Wilson and, most recently, Cassandra Wilson. Nikole categorizes her music as hip-hop, but she emphasizes that it’s a fusion of Jazz and Spoken Word.


  • She  will be featured in a Hip-Hop Documentary hosted by Dopestash due sometime in October.
  • Working on promo tapes gearing towards next project.