Mitchelle'l Sium is an American singer and songwriter from Houston, Texas. He was discovered on Myspace.com and brought to Grand Hustle Records by General Manager, Hannah Kang. In 2008, Sium signed a record deal with Atlanta-based record label Grand Hustle Records, founded by American rapper T.I.. Sium has collaborated with some of the most prominent artists in the hip hop industry, such as B.o.B, Yo Gotti, 8Ball & MJG and Nelly, among others.

Mitchelle'l
Birth nameMitchelle'l Sium
BornHouston, Texas, United States
Genres
Occupation(s)Singer-songwriter
InstrumentsVocals
Years active2004–present
LabelsGrand Hustle
Associated actsT.I.

Early lifeEdit

Mitchelle'l Sium was born in Houston, Texas, to a father from Eritrea, a nation on the Eastern coast of Africa, and a mother of Creole descent.[1]

Musical careerEdit

Career beginningsEdit

In late 2007, Sium capitalized upon the promotional capacity of the internet and used Myspace as a platform to expand the reach of his music.[1] He captured the attention of Hannah Kang, General Manager for Atlanta-based record label Grand Hustle Records and was introduced to American rapper and Grand Hustle label-boss, T.I.[1] In 2008, Sium had signed a recording contract with Grand Hustle Records.[2] In 2008, Sium was featured on a song titled “Collect Call”, which was included as a bonus track on T.I.’s highly acclaimed sixth album, Paper Trail.[1] He teamed up with T.I. again in 2010, alongside Scarface, on the song “How Life Changed”, from the No Mercy album.[1] On September 23, 2011, he released a song titled "Only a Few".[3] In 2011, he appeared on Jeezy’s long-awaited Thug Motivation 103: Hustlerz Ambition album, on a song called “Higher Learning.”[1] His debut single “Irene” features Maybach Music’s Wale, production by Grand Hustle record producer C-Gutta and co-written by actor Omar Epps.

ArtistryEdit

Voice and songwritingEdit

The in-house disc jockey of Grand Hustle, DJ MLK, has described Sium as "sound[ing] like a young Maxwell."[4] In 2012, American radio show host and internet celebrity B. Scott, wrote in a review that he "sounds a bit like Maxwell meets Van Hunt".[5] Also in 2012, after the release of a song titled "Irene", from Sium's mixtape of the same name, grownfolksmusic.com wrote "Mitchelle’l already has a smooth, soulful vibe going that is reminiscent of artists like Maxwell and Robin Thicke and works just fine without a guest rapper. Hopefully there are more sensual, smoothed-out tracks like this one coming down the line from Mitchelle’l."[6]

InfluencesEdit

Mitchelle’l grew up listening to and was deeply inspired by the kings of soul music, including Marvin Gaye, Al Green and Otis Redding.[1] He later gravitated towards more contemporary R&B offerings from R. Kelly, Jodeci and D’Angelo.[1] As he began to create music, he incorporated the elements that had inspired him from a musical sense along with the things he experienced in the world around him.[1]

DiscographyEdit

MixtapesEdit

List of mixtapes, with selected details and year released
Title Album details
IRENE[7]
(with DJ Green Lantern)

Singles as featured artistEdit

List of singles, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
US US
R&B
"Picture Me Swangin"[9]
(De'Lorean featuring Mitchelle'l)
2014 Look Alive

Guest appearancesEdit

List of non-single guest appearances, with other performing artists, showing year released and album name
Title Year Other artist(s) Album
"Collect Calls" 2008 T.I. Paper Trail
"Da A"[10] 2010 Big Kuntry King Cocaine 2
"Dats My Dawg"[10]
"Right Now" 8Ball & MJG Ten Toes Down
"Billy (Truth Be Told)"
"So Much Money (Remix)"[11] 8Ball & MJG, Yo Gotti N/A
"How Life Changed" T.I., Scarface No Mercy
"Feet Don't Fail Me Now" 2011 Spodee, B.o.B, T.I. No Pressure
"Sunlight" Spodee, B.o.B
"Hello"[12] Young Dro Drocabulary
"Wanna Blow"[13] Big Kuntry King Everything Big
"Follow Me Home"[13] Big Kuntry King, C-Gutta
"Higher Learning"[14] Young Jeezy, Devin the Dude, Snoop Dogg TM 103: Hustlerz Ambition
"La Folie Des Grandeurs" 2012 Gizo Evoracci Overdose
"Intro"[15] 2013 T.I. G.D.O.D. (Get Dough or Die)
"Love to Hate Me"[16] 2014 Doe B, Big Kuntry King, T.I. DOAT 3 (Definition of a Trapper)
"Puttin In Work"[17] Doe B, Trae tha Truth, Young Dro, 5Mics, Yung Booke G.D.O.D. II
"Picture Me Swangin (Remix)"[18] 2015 De'Lorean, Slim Thug, Lil Keke, Paul Wall Look Alive

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i http://exclusiveaccess.net/tuesdays-talent-mitchellel/
  2. ^ http://v103.cbslocal.com/2012/08/05/grand-hustle-welcomes-new-artist-mitchellel/
  3. ^ http://sandrarose.com/2011/09/new-music-mitchellel-only-a-few/
  4. ^ clatl.com/cribnotes/archives/2014/09/04/dj-mlk-talks-tis-new-album-how-he-brought-iggy-azalea-to-grand-hustle
  5. ^ http://www.lovebscott.com/music/mitchellel-ft-wale-irene-new-music
  6. ^ http://grownfolksmusic.com/blog/music-mitchellel-irene-featuring-wale/
  7. ^ http://sandrarose.com/2012/07/new-music-dj-green-lantern-mitchellel-irene-mixtape/
  8. ^ http://www.livemixtapes.com/mixtapes/18044/mitchellel_irene.html
  9. ^ "Picture Me Swangin (feat. Juicy J & Danny Brown) - Single by De'Lorean". iTunes Store. Apple. Retrieved January 25, 2015.
  10. ^ a b http://www.livemixtapes.com/mixtapes/11310/big_kuntry_king_cocaine_2.html
  11. ^ http://www.hotnewhiphop.com/8ball-and-mjg-so-much-money-remix-song.68103.html
  12. ^ http://www.livemixtapes.com/mixtapes/14108/young_dro_drocabulary.html
  13. ^ a b http://www.livemixtapes.com/mixtapes/14086/big_kuntry_king_everything_big.html
  14. ^ Jeffries, David. "TM:103 Hustlerz Ambition – Young Jeezy > Overview". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved January 19, 2013.
  15. ^ Vasquez, Andres (May 7, 2013). "Hustle Gang "G.D.O.D." Download & Mixtape Stream". HipHop DX. Retrieved May 7, 2013.
  16. ^ "DOAT 3 (Definition of a Trapper) [Deluxe Version] by Doe B". iTunes Store. Apple. Retrieved 2014-04-05.
  17. ^ "Hustle Gang – G.D.O.D. II // Free Mixtape". DatPiff. Idle Media Inc. 2014-09-19. Retrieved 2014-09-21.
  18. ^ http://www.livemixtapes.com/mixtapes/30657/delorean-look-alive.html

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