Essential I
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Essential I

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"At first listen, the artist Essential I catches your ear and sounds like a modern Jamaican/American Dancehall DJ, but after a few listens it is clear that this artist can rap, MC and sing as well. His vocal gifts gives him a wide diversity and appeal and his conscious lyrics reach from the dancehall of Jamaica to the countryside of eastern Washington State.

On his debut album, Freedem Souljah, Essential I mixes timeless roots reggae, blazing hip hop, and almost "revolutionary" lyrical concepts to fuse a cohesive sound that is indeed quite unique. Many people who have heard this album find 5 or 6 songs that they can connect with, which in this day of "one-hit" albums, is refreshing to say the least. This album was a blessing to be a part of, and the first of many projects on his horizon!

Look for his live shows, or listen to his CD, as you will enjoy this album, and this artist from start to finish... I know I do!"

Steffen Franz aka Stand Out Selector
President/Founder, IDC - Independent Distribution Collective


"FreeDem SoulJah" - independently released debut album.

"Fire Danger" - the first video single from the album "FreeDem SoulJah"



The man named Essential I brings pure positivity to the people, spreading messages of peace, love, strength and hope! From traditional roots reggae sounds, to modern culture chunes, to exceptional hiphop stylings and beyond, Essential I keeps it conscious while singing from his heart and soul. All of this joined onegether with a natural energy and a commanding stage presence make for an upful and ultimately inspiring live experience. His steady voice, fluid flow and stylish delivery create the word sound power that gives music its meaning!

Essential I is a very versatile and multi-talented vocal artist from north central Washington state. As a hiphop emcee and reggae/dancehall singer, his lyrical abilities and variations in delivery are nearly incomparable. Essential I is the type of artist who sets out to create unique sounds while at once taking inspiration from all styles and forms of music and using them to forward his direction. Promoting good over evil and life over death, he knows that only love can conquer hate and is not afraid to challenge social bounds and push for a conscious state of mind. Essential I stands on the frontlines as a FreeDem SoulJah in Jah Army!!!