Orie short for original is an artist/music producer hailing from St. Louis. “Being a hip-hop artist coming from St. Louis, has always been a challenge to stay true to who you are as an artist, without giving into the mainstream appeal that St. Louis attracts,” says Orie. While only 21, Orie often called “Orie The Producer” plans to not only be the next great hip-hop artist out, but plans to be the next great entertainer to represent Generation Y in a positive light. “Good to see a young man doing something positive and not calling women the B word or talking about killing everybody” are the words from fan Tosha Keylo on a blog post from DjBooth.net. Words like this from fans are Orie’s man inspiration to stay true to his fan base as an artist.
February 12,2010 Orie debuted over 60-minutes of new music from his first ever mix tape projected titled, “What A Black Man Wants.” The mix tape addressed a lot of issues that Orie felt weren’t openly discussed in the black community such as religion, love, and even showing appreciation to African-American women in his song “So Amazing.” What A Black Man Wants launched a pretty successful campaign with its 1st and only leak onto DJ Booth Dot Net, along with a live stream from the mix tape release party on Go Where Hip Hop Dot Com. Currently Orie is focusing on performing & interviews while looking to expand the amount of listeners who have been exposed to What A Black Man Wants.
With a musical background that extends back to 6th grade, Orie has 10years of experience on music, all which has helped to shape his current career as an artist/producer. Orie has performed all over Chicago on campuses such as Columbia College Chicago, DePaul University, and Reggie’s Rock Club, in addition to a few performances in his hometown of St. Louis. “Thoughts is building up, eyes is tearing up, to the point that I just wanna go and tear shit up,” are words from Orie’s L.O.V.E. This shows that despite how tough hip-hop artists are portrayed in the music industry, that Orie isn’t afraid to release his true emotions and allow for an emotional connection with his fans.
Though, his career in the music industry is very young, Orie definitely has a promising future. If you’d like to become a little more familiar with Orie’s work, be sure to check out What A Black Man Wants. You’d be surprised that their still is great conscious music, despite what you may hear on the radio.