Mic Crenshaw: Born on the Southside of Chicago, and raised both there and in Minneapolis, Michael Crenshaw is a world class MC and poet who has emerged on the national – and international stage. As a teen in the late 80’s, Mic was embroiled in the violent streets of Minneapolis, leading groups to physically confront white supremacist gangs that were enforcing their will at local parks and social scenes. After beating back the neo-nazis, the violence remained, both in the streets and from authorities. Crenshaw decided it was time to escape it all and moved west to Portland, OR. Crenshaw says, “I wanted something new. [At the time] my ties with the streets were still pretty strong, and my social life involved drinking and fighting. I was ready for a change.”
In Portland, he quickly became one of the most respected artists in the Northwest. Beginning in ’94, Crenshaw was the front man for the beloved Portland live Hip Hop band, Hungry Mob. In 2001, Crenshaw won The Portland Poetry Slam Championship and went on to finish as a national finalist.
The Portland Mercury writes, ‘Mic Crenshaw is a pretty mythic character… (with the Lifesavas) two of the very best hip-hop acts in PDX”.
In 2009, Mic released his debut solo CD, “Thinking Out Loud”, which spent 10 weeks in the top 10 on College Music Journal’s (CMJ) National Radio Hip Hop Charts, peaking at number 4. Crenshaw’s 2nd solo release, ‘Under The Sun,’ was released in the winter of 2010. Single ‘Yeah’ peaked at #2 on CMJ’s Hip Hop Charts.
In Portland, Mic’s community efforts expanded from the local – to the global. At the close of a Human Rights conference he attended in Rwanda, Crenshaw was confronted by local activists. They said that in America there are computers and they need his help to get them computers. As a result, upon returning to Portland, he enlisted help from an educational colleague, Morgan Delaney. As a result, Globalfam was born.
Globalfam is now a full entertainment company, record label and lifestyle company in one. It houses and produces Crenshaw’s music. As well as, partners with the non-profit Education WithOut Borders (EWOB) to manage the community projects that Crensahw and Globalfam are involved in. Crenshaw now serves as EWOB’s President.
Seven years later, the request for computers has blossomed into a full computer education center in Burundi, Central Africa. Over 800 people have received training, and the center is now expanding, generating revenue and creating jobs by adding a computer repair shop. It is 100% locally managed and staffed. EWOB and Globalfam, along with its supporters, have been the sole outside sponsor
EWOB helps education, music and art initiatives in Portland and their work in Africa, as well serving as an umbrella for the Portland Books For Prisoners Chapter. Crenshaw is currently the Political Director of Hip Hop Congress and the Lead U.S. Organizer for the Afrikan Hip Hop Caravan. The Caravan toured six African cities in 2012 and will tour 10 cities between Cape Town and Cairo in 2014. The Caravan engages each city with a show in the city center, a Hip Hop Symposium and a free show for the youth in a township or ghetto. Crenshaw was invited to be part of the Caravan after playing the Shoko International Festival in Harare Zimbabwe in 2012.
Since 2012, Mic has released 3 EP’s expanding his musical presentation into metal and other rock inspired sound. The EP ” Superheros”(2014), which features Dead Prez on its title track solidified Mic’s place in Hip Hop worldwide and as an activist/educator. Bionic Metal” (2014) features signature wordplay in line with motivating sonic backdrops . Hope and Danger (2016) heightens the introspection and critical analysis of race, class and culture in modern society. Mic recently released a new project entitled “EarthBound”, which explores out modern social condition through the lens of ecological responsibility, economoc violence and the sociopathic tendencies of our political landscape.
Mighty: People use many words to describe music but there are only a few that encompass the music derived from the mind of Mighty. His tracks are energetic yet intricate with a heavy dose of drums and dark synths. His tongue twisting lyrical flow pushes to the 5th gear and is unlike anything you have ever heard. He creatively covers everything from storytelling to dance to convey his message. His music cannot be easily put in to a category. This is a genre all its own, from another planet. Mighty has been writing songs for 10yrs and doing music professionally for 4 years. He was one half of the well known group DX (formerly Dynamix) and made his stage presence known by doing shows regularly with DX. They were hired to write and record a public service announcement titled “Chillaxin On The Max” and have done shows with E-40 and Down Aka Kilo, performed at Hot Portland Nights with Pitbull for Jammin 107.5. and have appeared on an OG One Mixtape entitled “Miestro” and continued to perform on a continual basis up and down the West Coast. For the release of their first album “The First II”, they were able to work with With Sol’ Eternity, Young Asap, Uncle Ziggy, StudioTon, Young Dru, Cutty Dre, FabSats / DocVapors, Aaron Obryan Smith, Monique Martinez, BeBop (Of SicWidIt) In 2009, they released A Mixtape a month for 3 months straight and generated a huge response online. For 2010, they decided to release solo projects that will showcase their individualism as Mighty sets out to break down the walls of creativity in tomorrow’s music industry. He wants to be able to inspire young artists of all backgrounds and cultures by showing them that hard work makes the difference between wanting success and being successful. That strong work ethics go hand in hand with work. The impact he will have will astound many because he has something that has never been heard or seen before, making the impact immediate. His goal is to start a new wave of artist standard in originality. He will not be compared to anyone.
NYQE Unorthodox: Daniel P. Dominique aka “NYQE Unorthodox” was born in Queens NY in 1979. He began writing as teenager in NE Portland, then started making his own beats when he was 19. He is east coast hip-hop, in the Pacific NW. After working with J.Lately from the bay area he was humbled to have received this review: “I’ve had the pleasure of rocking with NYQE a few times now and I got a lot of respect for his humble yet persistent work ethic. He definitely takes pride in his craft and it shows. Songs like “RUN” are an example of his clever wordplay and inherent motivational message. This dude goes to work.”
Endr Won: American independent rap/hip hop artist, “Endr Won” is recognized and respected as someone who prides himself on substance over nonsense through a combination of lyrical skill and a work ethic that can not be matched. Hailing from Eugene, Oregon, Endr Won is especially admired for his stage presence and attention grabbing LIVE performances that utilize raw honesty, crowd interaction, and a magnetic like talent level that in today’s hip hop world of mumble rap, is simply hard to come by.
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