Eyes on Arizona Collective Presents
Don't Stop: Borders Everywhere
Fundraiser for Immigrant Rights, Dub Esquire with Mel Yel, Aisha Fukushima, Cambio, DJs Dylan McMillan and Hella Good
579 18th St
Oakland, CA, 94612
1:30 PM (event ends at 5:00 PM)
This event is 18 and over
Dub Esquire with Mel Yel
Dub Esquire (a.k.a. Dub Esq) is one of those Bay Area hip-hop soldiers who have been quietly on the grind for two full decades. Since the early '90s, the Oakland-born and bred emcee has been tirelessly putting his heart and soul into his favorite art form. He is one of those dedicated hip-hop heads who may not be known on a mainstream level but yet has been paying his proverbial dues since the early '90s when he first arrived on the scene in the long-defunct but oft-referenced underground Bay Area hip-hop group Misfitz Ov Stylz. More recently he's been getting props for his solo recordings - recordings that often blur that division between so-called "rap" and "hip-hop" with the release of the album G-13 and the EP Rap Starz. However, soon both of these fine releases [were] eclipsed when, in 2012, he [dropped] his most ambitious project yet, his album The Odyssey with its impressive line up of guest spots that include such luminaries as The Grouch, Del the Funky Homosapien, and Sadat X.
Adding to our diverse Hip Hop line-up will be Aisha Fukushima—singer, public speaker, educator, writer and self-proclaimed ‘RAPtivist’ (rap activist). As leader of the ‘RAPtivism’ (rap activism) project, Aisha raises social awareness through connections between global Hip Hop and social justice. Since 2007 she has engaged in Hip Hop communities from France to Morocco, England, South Africa, Senegal, India, Denmark and beyond. In 2012 Aisha released her global “RAPtivism” (rap activism) album featuring more than 20 leading political hip hop acts from around the world including Black Noise (South Africa), Positive Black Soul (Senegal) & DJ Noize (Denmark). Additionally she has been featured on a number of albums including MAD lines’ “MAD Habits” (2012), Street Poet Inc.’s “Origins” (2012), Ras K’dee’s “Cloudwriter” (2011) & Emile YX?’s “Conscious Rhymes for Unconscious Times” (2010).