“For one, his upbeat mix of hip-hop, rock and roll, and reggae is both catchy and funky enough to get anyone’s toes tapping. But OPLIAM’s music goes farther than just infectious rhythms and enticing melodies: he uses his talent to make impactful statements about the struggles that indigenous people continue to go through.”
“McDonald, who goes by the stage name Opliam, has found a way to incorporate his struggles into his music…McDonald’s music fuses genres such as electronic, reggae and hip hop, plus he is an acoustic singer songwriter.”
“An emcee that pushes the boundaries of rap, talking about things beyond a stereotypical rapper. Production that’ll you’ll get lost in and rhymes pertaining to physics, time, politics, things that’ll make you question our existence and enjoy the beauty of life.”
OPLIAM’s music crosses all musical boundaries. He plays rock and roll, hip hop and reggae. Sometimes separately, sometimes cosmically interwoven. OPLIAM has toured internationally, playing shows in Australia and New Zealand.
In 2019, OPLIAM played both the Indigenous People’s March in Washington, DC as well as the 23rd Annual World Peace and Prayer Day, held by Chief Arvol Looking Horse .In 2019,OPLIAM also had the opportunity to open for Kweku Collins on the Manifest Urban Arts Festival Main stage, Downtown Chicago. Manifest’s previous headliners include, Chance The Rapper, Common, Ella Mai, Vic Mensa, just to name a few. In 2018, OPLIAM Played Flow Fest , on the Big Island of Hawaii w/ Eoto , Mike Love, Dustin Thomas, Yaima , Chris Berry and many more.
OPLIAM is American Indian on his father’s side and has never forgotten where he comes from as a musician. One of OPLIAM’s first shows was playing Winona LaDuke’s Birthday party with Nahko and Medicine For The People. OPLIAM later had the opportunity to rock the main stage at Darkening of the sun (a festival in 2017 celebrating the eclipse) with Chase Makai of Medicine For The People.
“MEDICINE WOMXN”, is OPLIAM’S largest project to date. It is a solid 12 track LP that has taken 2 years to complete. The title MEDICINE WOMXN is a dedication to OPLIAM’S great great grandmother (Delia Duchamp), who was a traditional Mohawk Medicine Woman in the North East. Her picture is featured in the album’s cover art. She practiced her spirituality in secret during a time when being Native was not only dangerous for simply existing, but Native spirituality and ceremonies were outlawed by the U.S government. This album is an acknowledgement of OPLIAM’S Native ancestors struggles to survive. It is a call to their spirit to help him make it through modern struggles as a Native person today. The album holds back nothing and includes songs of darkness as well as songs of love and inspiration. OPLIAM uses his 4 current favorite styles in this album – reggae, acoustic rock, hip hop and poetry which weave beautiful stories to a musical back drop that will certainly leave listeners wanting more!