Underground Artist of the Month September 2020

A fearless singer, rapper, and songwriter with an alternative R&B skew, Jelani Aryeh examines alienation and heartache to their fullest extent. The Raised by the Internet founder has independently released a number of stray tracks and a couple EPs, namely Suburban Destinisia (2017) and Helvetica (2019).

Independent music is in Jelani Aryeh McCall's blood. His parents started a label and set up a recording studio in the family's San Diego household, fostering Aryeh's own creative and collaborative aspirations. While in high school, Aryeh assembled Raised by the Internet, a self-sustaining nationwide collective of like-minded artists inspired by crews such as Odd Future and BROCKHAMPTON. Aryeh's first commercial solo recordings arrived during 2017, the year he issued a small batch of stray tracks and Suburban Destinisia, an EP led by the characteristically fraught single "Where We Go." "Daunt" followed the next year and preceded a wave of output in 2019. Most substantial of all was a second EP, Helvetica.

Jelani Aryeh