My man crush of today is Maleek Shoyebi popularly referred to as Maleek Berry, he was born in the heart of South London, he grew up listening to some of the biggest names in R&B from Tevin Campbell, Boyz II Men, Jodeci and of course the one and only King of Pop, Michael Jackson.
Like most, Berry started off his career in the church, forming a group of two close friends, managing to get his hands on a little pre-production setup the group began writing, producing and performing their own songs at a very tender age.
Berry spent years working on his craft in between formal education attaining a Bachelors degree in Computer Science. He also learned how to play the piano a major part in the maturity of his sound.
Being the creative soul that he is, he met with some good friends and artist who spark the relationships, artists such as Wizkid , Davido, Naeto C, Wande Coal. He also went on to produce songs like ‘Carolina’ (one of the biggest singles back then) by Sauce Kid featuring Davido. Maleek Berry has gone on to produce hits such as “The Matter” with Wizkid, “Baby Hello” for Wande Coal, “Lagos To Kampala” for Runtown and Wizkid etc.
After building a solid production catalog and name for himself in the industry, last year marked a major shift in Maleek Berry’s career as he took center stage this time with his first official solo release as an Artist entitled “For My People” featuring UK Rap artist Sneakbo. With positive reviews, an official video was released in January 2016 and listed on MTV Base UK & MTV Base Africa, including many others.
In April 2016 Maleek released the self-produced smash hit “Kontrol” which has gone on to become viral on the internet gathering millions of streams online across different platforms. The official video was released on his birthday in August and got over 100k views in less than a week.
Even with all his achievements to date, who knows what the future holds for this young producer. In his own words, he plans to, “Create timeless music that will hopefully last longer than his generation.”