Closed Sessions Live at Northwestern: Featuring Alex Wiley and XVRHLDY

Since the May 2013 release of his debut mixtape, Club Wiley, Alex Wiley has been winning over fans and critics, emerging as an exciting and talented new artist. While he flew somewhat under the radar as he found and developed his own sound, Alex Wiley is quickly garnering the spotlight as well as finding comfort in his music and identity as an artist. His growth and sense of discovery is reflected in his music as well as how he connects with listeners.

“I wanna make someone feel the way I felt when I heard Kanye or Cudi for the first time,” Wiley says about his music, most

specifically his 2014 release, Village Party. His intentions shine through not only in how he makes music, but also how it’s released.

Alex routinely sends his music out directly to his most engaged fans before it is released to the general public or the press. Since the start of 2014 Alex Wiley has been nominated for XXL’s Freshman list, deemed an artist to watch by The Huffington Post, and performed at taste maker & Hot 97 host Peter Rosenberg’s showcase at SXSW. He has been deemed Chicago’s “best kept secret” by Revolt TV, and identified as an artist on the verge of breaking out by the Chicago Reader, The Redeye, as well as Chicago Magazine.

“My biggest fear is to learn what I’m afraid of,” XVRHLDY (pronounced Xavier Holliday) admits on “The Root.” His most recent EP, Need To Know, tells you exactly that: Holliday ranges from self-realization to criticism of the current hegemony, never spitting anything other than what must be reported from Chicago. A lacerating lyricist who’s comfortable rapping over everything from mellow hip hop to EDM, one who’s flow was compared to André 3000 in The Source, Xavier Holliday is someone that you Need To Know.

Raised in Chicago, XVRHLDY graduated from Roosevelt University in 2012 with a major in psychology. After spending time in New York, Holliday is back in the Chi, where he's earned acclaim from outlets like The Chicago Reader and FakeShoreDrive and has performed sold-out shows at Reggie's Music Joint.



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