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

Madlines of Seattle-Based Canary Sings Drops a Gem of a Song-I Need a Moment

I long been a big fan of Seattle-based group Canary Sing.. Made up of Madeleine “Lioness” Clifford and Hollis “Ispire” Wong-I first met the pair several years back when they were rocking hard on the spoken word scene. Later when they put beats to their rhymes and started making noise culminating in the release of their ep The Beautiful Baby back in 2010.

The group had a funky retro sound and a fun vibe which is best personified in one of my favorite songs Freak Show…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xZWx7QAmXIg

It wasn’t to long after the Beautiful Baby dropped that Madeleines¬† came down to the Bay Area and blessed us with her talent as she pursued her Masters degree at Oakland’s Mills College. She’s been rocking the mic as well as the books and recently dropped a gem of a song and fun video called ‘I Need a Moment’. Look out for this sister to keep making noise. The best has yet to come..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VNLcUwOQYlA