Elijah Kilborn, born in Connecticut, but grew up with his grandparents in Spokane, is a hip-hop artist that is breaking barriers both locally and regionally. Known to the music industry as Jango, he is a representation of what his moniker symbolizes, the pride for his black culture. Jango found a passion for hip-hop at a young age freestyling as a kid with his younger brother. What began as a pastime for fun, transformed over the years into a career that he went on to pursue seriously. Being the perfectionist he is, Jango has developed his craft to the level that separates him from the influx of rappers gunning for a shot at hip-hop greatness. Competition is all but nonexistent in the face of Jango and it comes to no surprise. Inspired by iconic artists like JID, Fugees, Kendrick Lamar, Baby Keem, the Roots and J. Cole, his flow and style of lyricism has attained top tier status. His music is sonically pleasing to the ear with expert bars and melodies that transcends the walls of just rap. Influenced by a wide range of musical acts, his music has found form over various genres. He is a connoisseur of rhymes, blending flows with conscious messages that aim to both resonate with listeners and spark a buzz on a commercial level. Versatile as they come, he can go from aggressive lyrical assassination over beats, to emotion filled R&B flows. After his 3 song project “Espresso and Shine” and his most recent single “Merchandise”, Jango’s drive to create his place in hip-hop’s history has inspired a movement in the UpperLeft that is uplifting artists all over the region.