3 Dope Songs from Aisha Fukushima the Raptavist

Aisha the RaptavistAisha Fukushima is an emcee,  singer, poet and self-proclaimed ‘RAPtivist’ (rap activist) hailing from Seattle, Washington / Yokohama, Japan. Aisha graduated from Whitman College in 2009 with an honors degree in Rhetoric and Film Studies and minors in French and Gender Studies.

Upon graduating, Aisha travelled the world on a Watson Fellow and created an international ‘RAPtivism’ (rap activism) project. Having lived in cities as diverse as Bangalore, Casablanca, London, Dakar, Cape Town and Copenhagen, she is constantly working to expand her knowledge of the intersections between hip hop and social justice around the globe.

Aisha has been writing and performing poetry and original music for over ten years. She has also established several community-based youth programs in Washington including the ‘Turn Off The Stereotypes’ project and the Whitman Institute of Summer Enrichment (WISE).

In addition to working with The Workshop, Aisha teaches middle schoolers in the San Francisco public school district, writes articles for New America Media and is working on a documentary film about her international ‘RAPtivism’ journey. In her free time, she enjoys learning new languages, visiting the farmers market and beatboxing. To learn more about her current work, visit http://raptivism.tumblr.com

Big shout out to Aisha for generously lending her talents for our Beats for the Revolution Mixtapes on Women and the Occupy Movements where she gave she provided us with some incredible drops and speech excerpts.. Also much props to her for providing us with key names for our Ultimate List of Female Emcees which she is a part of..

Here’s a recent Hard Knock Radio Interview we did with Aisha

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tSRr9Nqxdz8

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nHpO2YSFges

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4IRMsckH66o

3 Dope Songs From Aima the Dreamer

Aima the dreamerFor those in the know, Aima the Dreamer hails from Oakland and has been rockin’ crowds for years as a vocalist and MC with groups such as J-Boogie’s Dubtronic Science, The Mamaz, Goddess Alchemy Project and Jazz Mafia’s Brass, Bows and Beats Hip-Hop Symphony. All of this in addition to her own solo project has given her a variety of outlets with which to harness her energy as not only a talented MC and vocalist, but also as a strong, feminine woman who easily holds her own amongst a male-dominated industry.

As a freestyle rapper, poet, singer and versatile MC, Aima the Dreamer brings her array of talents and influences to the masses by way of her mixtape, released August 3rd, 2010. In addition to the mighty J-Boogie, the mixtape features a who’s who of underground and independent artists including Lyrics Born, Bassnectar, Crown City Rockers, DJ Vadim, Bunny Mack, Sola Rosa, Brass Mafia and many others.

check for her at http://aimathedreamer.com/?page_id=14

Below is an interview Aima did with our own Weyland Southon on Hard Knock Radio about her incredible mixtape

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u7ozWccV4SM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dDjm398ygXU

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=47zMOGwDMeg

3 Dope Songs From Heather B

heather BStraight Outta Jersey is Heather B who Hip Hop fans know from her affiliation w/ Boogie Down productions and KRS-One.. Kenny Parker who is KRS’s brother produced her first album Takin’ Mine which i feel was an over looked classic..

In 2002 Gardner produced her second album, Eternal Affairs, with production from Pete Rock and DJ Premier. The album met with positive reviews despite not charting on Billboard.

Heather B’s third studio album, Open Bar, which was executive-produced by DJ Premier.

Outside of her music career, Gardner has appeared in The Real World: New York, where she got national recognition for it being the first season (1992)and one of the landmark TV shows that led to Reality TV.  She also appeared in the film The Wedding Video directed by Real World alum Norman Korpi, and a 2005 television commercial for America Online anti-virus software.

Heather B All Glocks Down

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dk65Sk6_o-I

Heather B  Do You

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_iwZC9JK4qU

Heather B I Get Wreck

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SeJlN_CSd8k