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How many times have you heard someone complain that contemporary rap music lacks its modern day Public Enemy equivalent? You've probably said it yourself. We all have. But we need to stop. Yeah, Public Enemy is inviolate and irreplaceable, but Killer Mike's R.A.P. Music is the closest we're going to get to an ideal soundtrack for a Do the Right Thing remake.
Born in Westside Atlanta, where Mike is both underground royalty and an entrepreneur with his own Barber Shop. Fittingly, he's the city's iteration of Ice Cube, universally respected and highly opinionated; the bridge spanning The Dungeon Family, Grand Hustle, and his own Grind Time Records. R.A.P. Music is a collision of north and south so savage that it could create a subduction zone.
Recording artist, actress and philanthropist: Rapper Princess Nokia, a.k.a Destiny Nicole Frasqueri, first broke on the New York underground rap scene back in 2010 and has since turned down five record deals.
Embracing feminism and individuality, her tomboyish aesthetic, she’s earned an army of loyal fans all over the world. Frasqueri first caught ears with 2014’s ‘Metallic Butterfly’ – released under the name Wavy Spice – an eccentric electro-soul mixtape that found her oscillating between singing, rapping and beat-poet proselytizing.
In 2016, Frasqueri reinvented herself yet again to become Princess Nokia (a name inspired by the only phone brand available to her income bracket) and jettisoned her soul and electronica influences in favor of tough hip-hop purism. ‘1992’, Princess Nokia’s debut mixtape, was self-released in September 2016 to instant buzz and acclaim. Shortly after signing to Rough Trade an expanded version as ‘1992 Deluxe’ was issued. In December 2018, Metallic Butterfly is a remastered and expanded to a full-length debut album, which Nokia refers to as her “genesis,” including three new bonus tracks.
Over the course of her trailblazing career, Charli XCX has earnt critical acclaim across the globe for not only her forward-thinking musical output, but her refreshing entrepreneurial spirit that has seen her carve her own lane on the global pop circuit. Video director; singer; songwriter; documentary maker; radio host; record label boss - there’s nothing the British 26-year-old can’t turn her hand to.
Charlotte Aitchison, aka Charli XCX, has become of the hottest creators of her generation and is the award-winning talent behind the multi-platinum and global No.1’s “Fancy” and “I Love It” and UK Top 10 “Boom Clap”. In 2017, she bookended the year with her ground-breaking, critically-acclaimed mixtapes ‘Number 1 Angel’ and ‘Pop 2’, featured on David Guetta and Afrojack’s global smash “Dirty Sexy Money” and released her standout summer crush anthem “Boys”. A true visionary, Charli took full creative control across casting, directing and producing the accompanying official video, which not only saw her flip the traditional male gaze on its head, but it featured an all-star male cast including Stormzy, Mark Ronson, Diplo, Joe Jonas, Brendon Urie, will.i.am, Riz Ahmed + more, with Charli XCX hailed as a paragon of progressiveness off the back of its release.
Archie Burnett is a highly respected underground club dancer in New York City who was one of the prime dancers during the late 70s and 80s, becoming well known for his individual freestyle of Whacking/Waacking and Voguing. He was a close friend and assistant of the grandfather of Voguing, the legend Willi Ninja, and is up until now a striving force in the NYC dance scene. He is invited as a judge for battles, such as for the “Funkin Stylez” 2009, and is mostly directly responsible for birthing the European Vogue scene that we have today.
He has appeared in the documentary film “Check Your Body at the Door” (2001) by Dr. Sally Sommer, (Professor of Dance at Florida State University), that explores the movement vocabulary of legendary NYC house dancers, including Archie Burnett, Willi Ninja, Ejoe Wilson, Marjory Smarth and Conrad Rochester. Made possible in part by contributions from the National Endowment of the Arts, Dr. Sommer interviews dancers from the local NYC scene and captures now-vintage footage from the late 1980s and early 1990s. “Check Your Body at the Door” now stands as a historical document and testament to the early years of NYC’s house dance culture. Is also lectured at Yale University, New York University Boston Massachusetts University On the relevance and importance of Club culture. He has taught in over 26 countries and continues to provide possibilities for culture.
Big Freedia, known as the Queen of Bounce, is a New Orleans-based rapper and ambassador of Bounce music. After dominating the New Orleans club scene for over a decade, Big Freedia is now bringing the Bounce movement to a world-wide stage with her hit reality show, Big Freedia Bounces Back on Fuse TV. The weekly docu-series, now in its sixth season, follows the life of a choirboy turned Bounce rapper and remains the highest rated original series on the network.
In 2016, Freedia was featured on Beyonce’s Grammy-winning single, “Formation.” Freedia’s first LP, “Just Be Free” was named one of the ‘best electronic releases’ by Rolling Stone and was critically acclaimed in outlets such as Pitchfork, SPIN, USA Today, and Consequence of Sound. Big Freedia has collaborated with artists ranging from Sia, Elliphant, The Postal Service, Matt & Kim, and Mannie Fresh, and Sylvan Esso.
Javier Ninja is a legendary vogue dancer and teacher. He is a member of the Legendary House of Ninja founded by the late Willi Ninja and has worn the House Dance International vogue "Champion of the year" for three consecutive years. He is well known within the vogue dance world and has performed and taught in several countries including the U.S.
He has performed with Madonna in the Super Bowl appeared in Icona Pop's music video "All Night" and in FKA twigs music video "Glass & Patron".
Dejiavu Ferguson Born and Raised in Harlem New York, At the Age of 5 her parents enrolled her in the Uptown Dance Academy Where she Studied Ballet, Tap, Gymnastics, Modern, Jazz, West African and More.
Soon she understood her True Passion for Dance Performing For the off Broadway Musical "Once on this Island" and Dance Instrustion Movie "The Hip Hop shop".
This prepared her for Professional Performing Arts High school, Studying at Alvin Wiley School from 2004-2008. Over the Time Dejia Performed for the "Nutcracker", Movies, And Music Videos.
Now she understands her Purpose for the Arts expanded her Horizons Modeling and Dancing for Rip the Runway, music videos "Asap Ferg Work" "Marcus Canty" "Teyana Taylor" Balmain Fashion Show, and More Underground artist. She is now the Face of Bandier Campaign on 5th avenue and Internationally, Acting in the Get Down Netflix Series and Featured on Vogue Fall 2016 for DKNY, furthering her talents in voguing, women's vogue Champion competition. Dejiavu gives back to the community while Teaching 2 Charter schools and ages 3-16 at the Uptown Dance Academy Where she first Began her Journey.