CAiroglyphic, also known as "Malek", is a first-generational coptic Egyptian-American storyteller, who has been gaining attention with his spiritually conscious, poetic street-themed lyrics, combined with soulful hard-hitting music production.
The capital "CA" represents the state that he's from (California), the "CAiro" represents his ethnic bloodline (Egyptian) and the "glyphic" represents the written words (lyrics), creating the original and trademarked name: "CAiroglyphic."
Self taught writer and producer, Malek started writing poetry and making beats at the age of 15, using it as an outlet to escape his harsh environments. Having lived in Alexandria, Egypt at 17 years old with his Uncle and cousins in the slums Abu Qir for a year, Malek was fortunate to have experienced living a third world lifestyle, ultimately opening his perception and becoming grateful for the simple luxuries he had taken for granted living in America.
While faced with a lot of struggles early in life, from being raised by a single father at 11 months old to being kicked out and homeless on his 18th birthday, he survived the rough elements of the Bay Area, momentarily living in a baptism room at his Coptic Orthodox church in Hayward, CA. The extreme situations only pushed Malek to work harder, igniting his strong will to survive in order to achieve his dreams.
At 19, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and is a 9/11 combat veteran. It's in the service, while stationed in Japan, that Malek began performing as an opening act for A-list artists at the time such as Naughty by Nature, 112 and Erykah Badu to just name a few.
After an honorable discharge, never really pursued a music career and instead went on to film school using his GI BILL and began working for the NBA's Golden State Warriors and iHeart Radio as a Media Specialist.
Malek simultaneously taught film to under-served youth for the City of Oakland as a Recreation Specialist II as well as teaching youth in San Francisco at the Bay View Opera House.
While teaching, Malek found purpose and saw a dire need for his ability to connect with the youth in troubled neighborhoods.
Malek later obtained a Bachelor's degree in Film and Motion graphics, fulfilling his father's dying wish before passing from cancer.
After graduating, Malek realized that music was first and last on his mind. People who heard his music urged him to pursue it seriously in the past but Malek always viewed it as a long shot dream and had adapted his father's guidance in pursuing an education rather than entertainment.
Malek never truly pursued his passion for music until now and has made the commitment to becoming a full-time musician.
His mission is to enrich the youth with powerful words of encouragement, wisdom and hope through his music. Being called to witness to God's unconditional love, Malek is making music with a soul given purpose, appealing to a generation that fell in love with hip-hop during its golden era and is now raising their children on it.