Awil Onuag newest release titled “Make Nipsey Proud (Freestyle)” is a smooth, head-nodding tribute record that pays homage to hip-hop iconic legends such as Big L and Nipsey Hussle. Using the instrumental of the DITC song “Make Em So Proud, ” Awil takes some time to dwell on his journey and all the things life has to offer. The verse was also recorded in the vocal booth dedicated to Big L’s memory while the video was shot in Harlem.
Awil is seen rocking the ‘You Already Won’ gear courtesy of Big L’s older brother’s good friend Aron Gadson who released a book called “You Already Won“. In the video, you can see a picture of Nipsey Hussle on Awil’s Teddy Bear.and a lot of easter eggs for people who really miss and respect some of hip hop’s greatest rappers.
Awil Onuag’s music explores the relationship between urban identities and emotional memories. With musical influences as diverse as Giuseppe Verdi and Three Six Mafia, Awil feels compelled to create his own vibe. In an effort to separate art from the artist, Awil Onuag wears a mask. Awil started making music professionally in 2007. By 2009, Awil found himself recording with a former producer and recording artist under John Legend’s Homeschool Records (now defunct). After many small projects, shows, and tours under various stage names between 2010-2015, Awil went on a self-induced departure from music to create a nonprofit writing program called the Charles Houston Community Writers. After Awil Onuag’s two year music hiatus, he decided to get back into the recording studio, adopting his current name. Awil describes his eight years of recording and performing between 2007 through 2015 as an “artist develop phase of self-discovery”. Since April 2018, Awil has released six singles with several of his songs attaining features on Spotify’s Fresh Finds, Beats & Rhymes, Shisha Lounge, Eyescream Magazine, and New Music Friday editorial playlists.