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  • Release Date 2017-06-02
  • Label Tru Thoughts
  • Catalog TRUDD204
New Tru Thoughts signing Sly5thAve is the project of multi-instrumentalist, composer, arranger and producer Sylvester Uzoma Onyejiaka II, whose sophisticated compositions are shaped by his faith in hip-hop, and deep understanding of soul and jazz. Sly5thAve's projects and accomplishments over the last few years include; the inception of the first orchestral concert dedicated to Dr. Dre, playing saxophone with Prince, leading the ClubCassa Chamber Orchestra, and his revered co-reworking of Herbie Hancock's classic 'Headhunters' LP with Jesse Fischer which was debuted on Tru Thoughts in 2015.

New Tru Thoughts signing Sly5thAve's drops his debut EP "Composite," The culmination of six orchestral versions of influential pop, hip-hop and R&B tracks from the last two decades, Sly5thAve arranges the music of Rihanna, Drake, Frank Ocean, Lil Wayne and Lauryn Hill, performed with the Brooklyn-based ClubCassa Chamber Orchestra.

Sly5thAve's projects have a core underground following and have been backed by Jarobi White (A Tribe Called Quest), Gilles Peterson (BBC 6Music), Downbeat Magazine, Noisey, NPR, The Fader, Jazz Times, Indie Shuffle and Earmilk. He was mentored by sought-after songwriter and jazz musician, Philip Lassiter which led him to play with Prince in his New Power Generation band for two years. Sly5thAve has worked with a host of highly-feted musicians including; Stevie Wonder, Gladys Knight, The Dave Brubeck Quartet, Quantic, Taylor Swift, Janelle Monae and Freddie Gibbs.