A Marseilles rapper is giving some of the money he won in the Ottawa’s Got Talent competition to charity.
Nicholas Decowski or, as he’s known on stage, Neeko of #WARMUSIC came in first place of the over 18 years of age category at the talent competition on June 29.
He announced at his performance before the Ottawa fireworks Thursday he’d donate half of his $500 award to the Ottawa Public Action to Deliver Shelter.
“I’ve had friends that have benefited from them when they were having hard times,” Decowski said in a phone interview Friday. “I figured it would be a good chance to make a contribution.”
The 27-year-old played a remix of “Old Time Road” by rapper Lil Nas X as well as “I’m All Right,” which is an original song from Decowski.
He’s been rapping since age 15, but more recently he’s been looking to turn a hobby into a profession by upgrading his equipment and researching the industry to understand how best to promote himself and his songs.
It’s been working thus far as Decowski has played at events in Chicago as well as in other states.
Decowski was inspired to start rapping after growing up and watching many of his favorite talents, such as the rapper Twista on MTV.
Ultimately, he hopes his performance in the Ottawa’s Got Talent competition as well as the performance prior to Thursday’s night fireworks encourages other rappers in the area to do the same.
Decowski’s advice to them would be simple.
“I would say not to let anyone hold them back,” Decowski said. “Be confident and just do it.”
Event Coordinator Cheri McConnaughay said the event itself was a success and the Ottawa First team is always looking for more volunteers. The committee organizes and raises funds for the annual fireworks show.
Those interested are encouraged to attend their next meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 10, at JJ’s Pub, 104 W. Main St.
For more information on Decowski’s music, listen to tracks at soundcloud.com/neekoofwarmusic or “like” him on Facebook at fb.com/NeekoOfWARMusic.