I have been listening to Jasiri X’s music for several years at a conference I attend and I have always been impressed with what a serious, talented and determined young man he is. The kind of man who makes change – good change – with his music and his life. He knows how to harness the power of music for good.
Jasiri X is an Emcee and community activist and the creative force and artist behind the ground breaking internet news series, This Week with Jasiri X, which has garnered critical acclaim, thousands of subscribers, and millions of internet views. I loved his viral video “What if the Tea Party was Black?”, and how he cleverly uses Hip-Hop for hard hitting social commentary on issues across the board. His videos have been featured on websites as diverse as Allhiphop.com and The Huffington Post and he has been a guest on BET Rap City, The Michael Baisden Show, Free Speech TV and Left of Black.
Jasiri X first burst on the national and international Hip-Hop scene with the powerful hit song “Free The Jena 6” which was played on more than 100 radio stations and was named Hip-hop Political Song of the Year. His debut album, American History X, was named Album of the Year at the Pittsburgh Hip-Hop Awards. A six time Pittsburgh Hip-Hop Award winner, Jasiri recently became the first Hip-Hop artist to receive the coveted August Wilson Center for African American Culture Fellowship. A founding member of the anti-violence group One Hood, Jasiri started the 1Hood Media Academy to teach young African-American boys how to analyze and create media for themselves.
Jasiri has performed from New York City to Berlin, Germany and various cities in between, including recently in front of 30,000 at the Our Communities Our Jobs Rally in Los Angeles. He has toured colleges and universities across the country presenting his innovative workshop, “How to Succeed in Hip-Hop Without Selling Your Soul”, and is working on a book of the same name. He also blogs for Jack and Jill Politics, Daveyd.com, and The Black Youth Project. Jasiri X signed a record deal with Wandering Worx Entertainment and has recently released his album, Ascension with acclaimed producer Rel!g!on.
The only question is why it took me so long to invite him on Music FridayLive! and I am so looking forward to talking with him.