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Hasan Salaam

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Hip-Hop isn’t all about violent city life and superficial pipe dreams. But newcomer, Hasan Salaam, knows that best. As emcees are forging a coup de grace, hip-hop is destined for change. But while some retreat and plot their escapes through disillusionment, in real life and on wax, Hasan Salaam aims to be at the forefront of the revolution. His commanding presence holds no punches as he relates to today’s youth with honesty and fearlessness. Consequently, misguided portrayals of urban life and a lack of hip-hop with substance on the airwaves has birthed a new emcee.

Attracted to hip-hop since the age of 10, the New Jersey native equates hip-hop to jazz. “I use words like an instrument,” Hasan explains. “There’s a build up in emotion and a climax you can feel.” Smashing stereotypes and mediocre emcees, he delivers socially aware raps with an undeniable, bassy voice with grit. With his first independent release, Paradise Lost, Hasan asserts his message is one of total freedom despite hardship. How so?

“I prefer not to deal with labels because then you put yourself in a box, dictating what people expect to hear,” says 24 year-old Hasan. With versatility and consistency, he speaks in a way all walks of life can appreciate, addressing issues and emotions many emcees are scared to touch or can’t articulate. Using music as a platform for positive social change, he has also performed all over the East Coast including nationally aired performances on NBC’s “Showtime at the Apollo”, FUSE TV’s “Digital Downloads”, MUN2 TV’s “The Roof”, Music Plus TV, and at the Anti-War Rally March on C-SPAN.

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