Get Familiar :: Andre Damar

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Representng from Diamond Bar, California, Andre Damar is a rapper with a little more to say than a lot of the stars of his generation.  Regarding the single “No Hope”: “I tried to show a vision through my words about the everyday struggles a lot of young black men go through in America through my eyes…I talk about the grind we go through just to survive and I feel we all share the same grind of making it in America day to day. My grind is rapping and the next man grind is hustling and I just think the two worlds are very similar, especially for a black man in my city.”  Given his heartfelt delivery and good ear for beats, I’m definitely looking for what this guy has for us in the future.

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FORKS [Video] :: Ivan Ave

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I’m just going to stand up and say that if you haven’t yet heard Ivan Ave’s Low Jams EP from last year, you’re missing out on something you would have every right to have missed out on due to its obscurity, but should still go listen.  Ivan Ave is a Norwegian rapper whose bizarre but laid-back approach to rap is a breath of fresh Nordic air (yeah, I just typed that).  “Forks” is his latest effort and I can’t wait to see what the lay of the land is on whatever project this is part of.  Check the video below and note how my man kicks part of a verse embracing some woman while rapping over her shoulder.  Priceless.

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Hip-Hop Appreciation Month At UCLA: Get Home Safely – The Evolution of The Socially Conscious Artist

I was invited for the second time to speak on a panel for UCLA’s Hip Hop Congress’ Hip Hop Appreciation Month festivities.  The topic this year will be the evolution of the socially conscious artist and I’ll be speaking alongside rapper Murs, Archie Davis of OPM, and writer Brooklyne Gipson.  Hopefully, I’ll get to shake hands with some followers of the Front-Free brand and engage in some great discussion.  To be added to the list, e-mail me your name.  See you there.

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