Hip-Hop artist and producer, NomiS, announced that he will release a new album that draws its thematic and musical inspiration from “Les Miserables.” The album is titled, “The Wretched: A Soundtrack of Justice & Redemption Inspired by Les Miserables,” and it will be available as a free download on March 18th.
When NomiS watched the recent movie release of “Les Miserables,” he was immediately inspired to create something that would reflect his love for the story and his love for Hip-Hop.
“I fell in love with Les Miserables from the first moment I experienced it,” said NomiS. “I knew right away that I wanted to create something that would be a marriage between Hip-Hop music and traditional musical theater.”
NomiS knew that the story and themes of “Les Miserables” were rich enough to support an entire album, but his biggest challenge was creating the right music.
“My Mom would always show me musicals when I was growing up,” he remembered. “The vast difference in song structure between musical theater and Hip-Hop was something that always kept me from trying to combine the two styles, previously.”
NomiS was able to overcome the challenges of the two styles by borrowing from each one and allowing them to blend. “The incorporation of ‘Les Miserables’ on the album is far more than just sampling. Sampling would have been easier and safer. I wanted to push myself as a producer and MC,” said NomiS of the music.
Pushing himself is exactly what NomiS did, producing every track on the album. He certainly wasn’t afraid to break free from traditional Hip-Hop track structure, either, “Most of the time, I’m not rhyming over the same sequence twice within the same song; and there is not one single 16-bar verse on the whole album.”
The glue that holds together the blend between Hip-Hop and musical theater found on “The Wretched” is the thematic elements of the album. Said NomiS of the overarching themes of the album, “these ideas of justice, grace, and redemption just kept running through my mind when I watched ‘Les Miserables.’ I wanted to make sure that I touched each of them with this project.”
NomiS paid particular attention to the expression of faith in Les Miserables, “issues of faith consume the story of Les Miserables. This made for an amazing connection of expressing the dynamic of man’s shortcoming and God’s perfect grace, which allows man to be redeemed,” he explained.
NomiS has brought all of those themes to the forefront and packaged them in a unique musical experience that will appeal to lovers of Hip-Hop and lovers of “Les Miserables,” even if they’re only familiar with one or the other. Appealing to both groups was intentional on the part of NomiS.
“I wanted to create something that Les Mis fans could enjoy, even if they don’t listen to Hip-Hop; and something that Hip-Hop fans could enjoy, even if they’ve never seen Les Mis,” he said about the appeal of “The Wretched.”
NomiS will find out if he has achieved that goal when “The Wretched” becomes available as a free download on March 18th.
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