When I first heard of Tupac Shakur I was hooked. The passion that he expressed within his songs is what led me into pursuing music. The emotion, imagery, struggle and power of truth that Pac would convey in every song I feel awoken something within in me. My life has never been the same since then. I remember being 4 or 5 years old, riding around with my pops in his Cadillac listening to oldies, and flipping through the radio stations to hear the Hip-Hop that was playing at the time. Songs like "Hope I Don't Go Back" by E-40 and Outkast's "Elevators" were some of my first memories of falling in love with Hip-Hop, I'll never forget it. On April 15th, 2015, myself and producer Ishan dropped our first project entitled, "BElief System". During this same time we were working as a collective with emcee LaVita under the group name Diverse Dialect, and our group project "Mission City Soul" dropped 5 days after we dropped "BElief System". Both body's of music gave us platforms to perform and open up for local and established artists, such as Celly Cel, Philthy Rich, Dream Junkies and John Givez and Casual of Hieroglyphics. My influences are God, my parents, 2Pac, Malcolm X, Martin Luther King Jr., Huey Newton, and any other elders who came before me with true wisdom to pass on are the leaders I look up to. My main goal for music is to give the world my heart or die trying. To show people that if you stand strong in hope and faith that any and all things will be possible, all you have to do in this life is believe. Peace, WillBelieve
My name is, Jasmine “Jasi” Young. I am an artist and activist whose life is constantly defined by the Gospel Truth of Jesus. As an artist, I use several creative mediums like photography, drawing, music and poetry as a means to coherently produce a unique blend of color, sound and motion to express my experiences, the world and ultimately, my interpretation of God. I think of ART as the description while Justice is the pursuit. As an activist, I am deeply involved with pressing issues of injustice. I believe that it is important to be aware of the condition of the world and compose solutions for areas of change. I also believe that art and activism is a reflection of God the creator so, at the end of the day, I’m just the canvas. “I free fall from paper planes”
Hip-Hop has without a doubt shaped a great aspect of my life, which I will forever hold dear to me and be grateful for. What makes it all the more sacred and full is the experiences and learning that come with it, and ultimately growth. I was blessed with a solid crew of comrades to share this passion and craft with, and had it not been for some of them I might not have recorded my first track or put out my first project. With that being said, I believe the path has begun to be laid for a Musical Movement that will travel like sound. My Biggest Ambition/inspiration for my music: Reflect the truth, and doing right by the forces that brought me up in this world. Some of my most admired Artist’s: Pac, Guru, Nas, Wu-tang, Big Krit, Bone-thugs N Harmony, Bob & Damian Marley..The list goes on. My Leaders are my Family, My comrades, my mentors, and everybody fighting that good fight. The way I see it, everyday is another battle with the world, and another opportunity to make something outa nothing. Be a Go-getter and find your piece…peace ~LaVita
A true vinyl hawk from Vallejo, CA & producer & DJ of Still People & Malik Manifesto. I've been creating beats since I was 13 and have worked with many different artists in the Bay Area, NY, & FL. I can't retire that old school analog sound. I mix and engineer everything from start to finish utilizing the old school recipe of vinyl and whatever gritty source I can incorporate. I strive to keep hip hop existential. Hence, the name Dasman. Peace, Dasman
Brok'N Sylance (Broken Silence) is a profound spoken word poet that believes that God is best at using things when they are broken. Originally from Harlem, NY, she is a first generational Ghanian American woman that shares a love for people, poetry and the planet. With her deepest love being community engagement, Brok'N supports Art Alive Movement through engaging various communities to become involved and witness how God's word is being creatively crafted to encourage a closer spiritual walk with Christ. Brok'N Sylance's experience reading her poems in churches and for community organizations has given her a deep love for acting on the things she speaks about. Participating in organizations like the NAACP, The Boston Workers Alliance, Green For All and Women's Global Leadership Initiative continues to give her writing the critical perspective she needs to stay engaged and active with current societal issues. She currently lives in Oakland, CA, is a member of the Ghana Poetry Project, is the newest board member of California Poets in Schools and holds a BA in English from Spelman College.
Paulina grew up in sunny Southern California, in the city of San Diego. Being a 90's baby, music had its hand in raising her under the godfathers and giants of hip hop, rap, r&b, and neosoul. However, it was the queens of the game that caught her attention with empowering lyrical content and dope delivery. Lauryn Hill, Erykah Badu, and Indie Arie are among the few who paved a platform for her to start writing. Since 2009, Paulina's been performing spoken word and rapping as a means to use her voice for expression, education, and liberation. After moving up the Cali coast in 2012, she fell in love with the culture and community of the Bay Area and now calls Oakland home. She is currently finishing her M. Ed. in Equity and Social Justice at San Francisco State and is pursuing her Ph.D. in Education and Sociology next.