Hip Hop Musician 'Proclaim' artist spotlight
Hip Hop Musician "Proclaim" will appear on an upcoming episode of the Rational Response Squad. We'll air "Brainwashed" and "Wake Up!" both hip-hop songs with strong undertones of critical thought and atheism. Proclaim will discuss with the squad the normally strong undertones of Christianity in hip-hop.
Here is his myspace page
I've been a deeply involved fan and critic of music my whole life. I grew up in the East Los Angeles Montebello area and in my adolescence became involved with the intricately rooted gang-culture that has existed there for many generations. In my younger years I suppose I was more akin to the gangster rap themes of the Death Row era probably because it was the lifestlye I was living and foolishly glorified. I thought about emceeing myself, but just I couldn't, on good conscience, rhyme about such negative and degenerating topics. At the time, probably due to my geographic location, I knew nothing of the truly positive roots of Hip Hop nor did I know anyone who knew anything about it. I never really got into the historically positive and thoroughly meaningful side of Hip Hop until I went to college. There that I learned of the post-modern day contemporary artists that represent the fundamentals of Hip Hop culture. With inspiration from these artists (most notably 2pac, Common, Nas, Gangstarr), I decided to pick up the mic myself and make a conscience contribution to the culture of Hip Hop we live in daily. I've been emceeing seriously now for about 3 years, djaying about 2.5 and making beats for about 1.5. In addition to graduating from college this past June with two B.A. degrees in Psychology and Philosophy, I was also able to produce my own debut demo EP titled "Tha BRoKeN ThouGhTs and Borrrowed Sounds Demo EP," that was all recorded right in my living room with no outside aid whatsoever! It's title represents the fact that I basically borrowed certain beats unbeknowst from some of my favorite producers in the game as well as some of my own personally created beats, and then molded and forged my previously written songs to them. Why did I do this? I suppose just 4 fun and cuz I grew attached to performing the songs I had written to these beats so I just recorded them myself to have a demo product to sell to my friends and fans. I am currently hard at work at producing my first full-length album with all original beats from myself and other producers that will be out next year. My demo EP has yet to be majorly released and I'm basically just selling copies of it at www.paypal.com for 7$ paid to for anyone who wants to purchase one. I need to sell them to pay my rent, feed my face, make more music, and basically just survive. I'm a struggling independant artist right now and need all the help I get whether its money, beats, networking, artwork, chicken wings...whatever! I'm just trying to make music for real people and make a living myself doing so and will do whatever is necessary to keep on doin it with a vengance. I want to thank all the real hip hop heads, fans, friends, grass roots organizers, and free thinkers who have stopped to take a listen and help out in anyway you can. Let's keep this culture alive and keep bumping dat funky HiP HoP MuSIC...peace and love to all! the almighteeeee muuuthaaaphuukkiinnnn PRooooCLaaaaaiiiiiMMMM!!!!!!
(maybe Proclaim will stop in this thread to say hi)