Portland-based alternative hip-hop artist, Imani, is a musical force to be reckoned with. Vibrant and bright, Imani is a free-spirited artist from the South who seamlessly blends playful lyricism with spirited storytelling. She has been honing her craft for more than a decade. Imani's diverse musical experiences, from being trained as a classical pianist to performing in a Led Zeppelin cover band, has led to an amalgam of genres carefully woven into a powerful blend of hip-hop, soul, funk, and RnB.
Imani has performed on many Portland hip-hop showcases, including The Thesis and Hungry Hungry Hip-Hop. She has also shared the stage with other great local hip-hop acts, like Avery Harden, Fountaine, Samuel The 1st, Maarquii, Perry Porter & Romaro Franceswa, Randal Wyatt, and KayelaJ. She has opened for non-hip-hip local bands, like New World Aviation Committee and The Macks.
Her favorite artists include Ms. Lauryn Hill, J. Cole, Janelle Monae, H.E.R., Chance The Rapper, & Mac Miller. She centers her music on her lived experiences as someone who identifies as queer, two-spirit, Black and of Muscogee-descent; and she strives to celebrate her communities through her music.