Hir-O’s (pronounced like “hero”) immersive sound—which deftly meshes electronic elements with the soul and jazz rooted in his hometown of Detroit—has earned him a reputation as one of the city’s rising, innovative musical voices. After getting his start in the region’s beat battle circuit, he built his early fan base with projects like the acclaimed instrumental album “The Voyage Home” and “The Freakstrumental Joint,” a multimedia experience that meshes music, poetry and photography. Work with frequent collaborators Red Pill (“The Kick,” BLAT! Pack/Fat Beats 2013) and Doss The Artist (several projects, including the 2012 Christmas EP “Peace King”) have landed coverage on the likes of Huffington Post, MTV Rap Fix, COMPLEX, and more. In summer 2013, Hir-O teamed up with MTV Hive for an exclusive, customized mix entitled “The Origin Story.” His Mellow Orange debut will be another addition to his genre-bending, innovative body of work.

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