In 2014, Nebyu released Ras Griffin III, on which he swiftly switched from rapping to singing, and even went on to perform overseas, opening up for Wizkid in Ivory Coast’s capital Abidjan. More recently, Nebyu linked up with PG County raptress Rico Nasty on “Thirsty Packman,” a track which anticipates Nebyu’s first studio album Uptown Lion Walkin’, to be released on November 1.
Washington D.C. has the biggest concentration of Ethiopians living outside of Ethiopia, with the diaspora now an integral part of the local culture (just take a stroll down U Street and you’ll see). So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that many up-and-coming Ethiopian rappers hail from the area.
Coming out of uptown Washington D.C., Ras Nebyu is an Ethiopian-American rapper who’s gathered a following in his home base. Co-founder of the Washington Slizzard — a collective of D.C. rappers, producers, and overall creatives — Ras Nebyu first hit the scene in 2011, with his debut mixtape Kennedy Street Teachings, and has since grown bigger and better.