“Mariochukwu D Gilbert better known by his stage name item7 is a Nigerian-Austrian base rapper and director. Born in Kirikiri town Lagos Nigeria, 7 (as he’s commonly called) has devoted his life to edutainment through music and documentary filmmaking. As a teenager Mariochukwu had a passion for storytelling, and with the influence of afro beat and hip-hop music he began writing songs combing storytelling with music. 7 has faced his share of heartache and pain in life growing up in Ajegunle a district in Lagos known for the high rate of crime and poverty, hip hop has always been there to see him through his darkest moments.
In 2002 Mariochukwu moved to Vienna and within a short time he became a house hold name in the Hip-hop scene attributable to his stage presence, and his ability to use words to paint a picture. 7 later joined Pamoja (The Movement of young African Diaspora in Austria) a platform that is focused on creating awareness of Black realities in Austria.
Item7 always had a deep passion for live music, as youngster he grew up listening to the King of Afro beat the late great Fela Kuti, Bob Marley and Marjek Fashek. Furthermore artists like Common, the Roots, Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Black Thought are amongst his role models and sources of inspiration for his powerful, socially engaged and edutaining lyrics.” (Mariochukwu D Gilbert)