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Having spent the past 20 years honing his craft, Seattle native Tyson Pumphrey a.k.a Ozay Moore, has experienced Hip Hop at a global level. With 7 solo albums, 4 collaborative group releases, and 10 years of touring the world as a certified emcee, He has found his career meaning more to him at a local level than as a traveling artist.
In the winter of 2008, “Ozay” received an opportunity to work with Detroit Public Schools through a company called “The Learning Express”. He soon relocated to Lansing MI. upon accepting the request. There He began writing songs with the intention of reinforcing curriculum. Alongside a 5 piece Hip Hop/Jazz band, he would conduct assemblies across metro Detroit in a “Modern School House Rock” fashion with original programs to offer what he calls “Edutainment”. The subject matter was based on topics such as “The Scientific Method” ,“Reading Comprehension”, “Bike Safety”, “Drug Awareness”, “Recycling” and many other age/grade appropriate concepts. Each presentation was equipped with original music, slideshows, and dynamic Q&A interaction. The success of this program opened the doors for him to become a resident artist for “El Arte” through the arts integration organization “Living Arts” at Clippert Academy in Southwest Detroit. He partnered with an 8th grade English teacher there to offer a spin on their textbook material from a Hip Hop perspective. During his residency his students learned both practical and creative implications of sentence structure, vocabulary building, and grammar. They also learned how to write lyrics and produce music using computer software. The residency concluded with each student having the experience of recording their compositions at “Harmonie Park Studios” downtown.
Although Ozay worked in Detroit, his homebase now was in Lansing where the need for effective and equally progressive arts programming was apparent. With startling statistics in the local school system for teen dropouts, substance abuse, crime and the lack of opportunities, what better place than to start focusing on implementing in Lansing what has worked so well in Detroit. Ozay has established an organization called “All of the Above” where he and other talented professionals in the local hip hop scene have dedicated themselves to teaching the culture from the perspective of self discipline, community awareness/ responsibility, artistic expression and educational development. Ozay hopes to inspire and empower the youth of his community to not only find a productive passion but to define and achieve personal goals through the process of being a positive contributor the his/her community
Jahshua Smith is not only an accomplished emcee, with two full length LPs and 3 EPs under his belt, but brings 7 years of experience in youth development, specializing in working with victims of trauma and violence.
A Detroit native, Smith has been able to mix hip-hop with youth care in his home state of Michigan as well as Washington D.C. and New York, working with young people by day and performing in front of crowds by night.
His ties to the Lansing community began with his ascension as an young emcee doing open mics at the 'Respiration' montly Hip-Hop showcase, and further continued through both his music work and his time at Highfields Inc., as a residential counselor and supervisor. His mission in joining All of the Above is to continue overseeing the implementation of Hip-Hop infused programming to serve the needs of the Capital Area community.
The revolution will not be televised, cliché for some, but apt for emcee Sareem Poems. The revolution is love and the medium is poetry and beats. After spending a decade and a half as a prolific solo artist (known as Sharlok Poems) and with West Coast underground group LA Symphony, Poems now teams up with indie label Illect Recordings, home of
industry vets like Scribbling Idiots, Jurny Big (L.P.G./Tunnel Rats) and Sivion (Deepspace5).
Sareem Poems music and message resonates with humanity through his ability to express all of life’s beauty and ugliness. As a result he toured the U.S., Europe, and Asia, sharing stages with legends as diverse as Public Enemy, De La Soul, P.O.D., Ice Cube, and Good Charlotte. That message helped Poems and L.A. Symphony be voted the L.A. Times hip-hop group of the year and landed him on tours sponsored by the NBA, as well as appearances in multiple video games.
In recent years Poems has created original poem pieces for Detroit Presbyterian Church projects, Abound In Hope and Hopeful Youth. Abound in Hope: a collaboration between Detroit residents and the Presbyterian Church to help breathe life into the idea of
community through art and urban gardens. Hopeful Youth: a film and creative writing
program developed by Richard Jewell and Sareem Poems working with the youth to explore their minds through story-telling and by writing and filming shorts.
Sareem Poems is currently the Community Engagement Director, Teaching Artist, and Event Planner for All of the Above Hip Hop Academy located in Lansing and Grand Rapids, MI.
Monk Matthaeus (FKA Choppy Blades) is Grand Rapids, MI born and Miami, FL made. He started producing and emceeing in Grand Rapids in the late 1990s with the hip hop group The Swollen Headz. In 2002, he moved to Miami, FL where he became a holistic hiphoppa. Monk is devoted to bringing people together, educating youth about hip hop history and culture, and using the artistic elements of hip hop as a tool to bring about positive social change. While it is not uncommon to find Monk free-styling on the mic, making beats, or working on his aerosol art skills, you will most often find him behind 2 turntables. While classic and underground hip hop are his first love, you will frequently hear him mix in funk, reggae, trip hop, jazz, and Latin rhythms to any event or party.
He is a graduate of Scratch DJ Academy in Miami where he trained under the tutelage of legendary regional DMC champion DJ Immortal. He was recruited in 2011 by the historic Miami crew Plan Beats as a DJ, MC, and for the purposes of public relations and marketing. He has been a resident DJ for both Catalyst Hip Hop Miami and The Goose Lounge in Coconut Grove, FL. Monk was a regular guest on the University of Miami’s WVUM 90.5FM during the Tuesday night Hip Hop Shop broadcast from 2010-2012. He was featured during the annual South Florida Universal Zulu Nation Jam in 2011 and was the primary featured DJ of Miami’s infamous Hoodstock 305 talent showcase in 2012. DJ Monk Matthaeus has spun in various Miami venues and outdoor festivals including frequent monthly visits to Miami’s Art Walk and the 2012 Goombay Festival.
After moving back to Grand Rapids, MI in 2013, he quickly became a household name in the West Michigan DJ circuit sharing time and commitment between Lansing and GR. In 2016, Monk was the lead organizer for the Grand Rapids branch of HipHop 4 Flint which brought hiphoppas, businesses, activists, and concerned citizens from all over the state together for 2 events raising over $5K. The money raised bought effective home water filtration systems for families in Flint, MI in the wake of the Flint water crisis. He also maintains close ties with the Miami based youth non profit organization PATH (Preserving, Archiving, & Teaching Hip Hop) which uses hip hop history and culture to advance scholastic achievement, service learning, leadership, and entrepreneurship in under served communities.
Monk is always on the lookout for opportunities to engage youth and under served communities in the pursuit of positive social change through hip hop. Monk and friends provided youth mentorship at The Haven juvenile detention center in Grand Rapids, MI from 2014-August 2016. He has worked with various schools, community organizations, and non profits in the West Michigan area since 2013.
Tabor, aka Flava, Vitz has been breaking since 2010 and reps 99 Stylez crew based out of East Lansing, Michigan. In addition to members of 99 Stylez and AOTA, his mentors include 61syx Teknique (Grand Rapids, MI), Supremos Crew and Special K Crew (Valencia, Spain). He is thankful for and draws inspiration from Midwest figures like Seoul (61syx Teknique, Crooks Crew), Mav-One (Motor City Rockerz), Stringz (Hardcore Detroit), Ma-ma' (Hardcore Detroit, Venus Fly Crew) Sneeks (Chicago Tribe), BzBroox (Mighty Zulu Kingz) and Coda (Weaponz of Rhythm).
Tabor's work with AOTA draws from his experience in nonprofits, art education. civic engagement and his growing understanding of cooperatives and community organizing. He currently works at REACH Studio Art Center in REOtown, Lansing.
Young Yi, aka B-boy Young One, is originally from the Metro-Detroit in Farmington Hills, MI. He began experimenting with breaking in middle school after stumbling onto video footage of b-boys from South Korea. After this peaked his interest throughout middle school and high school, he then began a heavy pursuit of breaking during his college years at Michigan State University. In 2010 he created and founded the crew "99 Stylez" based out of East Lansing, MI. Going 10 members strong and now, spread throughout the state of Michigan, Young and his crew aim to partake in growing the hip-hop culture in Michigan.
Young enjoys finding new music, engaging current culture, and empowering the youth through hip-hop. He is also pursuing full-time ministry at a local church and has desires to break misconceptions that muddle ideals such as faith and hip-hop. Through All Of The Above Hip-Hop Academy, Young hopes to encourage, uplift, and strengthen the youth in the local Lansing area through hip-hop and its ideals.
James Gardin has used his multifaceted skill set of empowering rhymes,fun melodies, energetic stage presence, and deft fashion sense to become the one of the most successful emcees in his hometown of Lansing, MI. He has performed hundreds of shows around the world, amassed thousands of plays and downloads with coverage on top web sites and publications (2DopeBoyz, HipHopDX, Rapzilla , DJ Booth etc). He has shared the booth and the stage with artists such as Grieves and Macklemore, Dessa , Astronautalis, and he most recently dj'd and performed with Red Pill on the Have A Nice Life Tour with LA Legend MURS. James aims to use his art and message to inspire all those around him to live their life fully, and encounter their purpose daily.
Ess-Be has been making beats since the age of 17. When he was 18 he started producing for partners "Elevated Minds" with members hailing from Lansing to Toronto. From 2004 to 2006 while living in Atlanta Ess-Be began working with local artists from the area, one of which worked for V-103, a popular Hip hop and R&B radio station in Atlanta. Upon returning to Lansing around early 2007 he began working with Jimmy Flint, Young Rich, and Lavish on multiple projects. Until recently, Ess-Be more enjoyed making beats as a hobby. Now seeing the impact that music has on individuals he is focusing on his music and beat making more seriously. Throughout the years he's spent countless hours learning the art of music production. Not having anyone to school him on hip hop and music history, music appreciation, production software/hardware etc he now wants to pass down the knowledge and wisdom he's accumulated over the years to the youth of his community. He also hopes to encourage them in embracing their creative ability. He believes that many youth need a positive voice in their lives to recognize their talent and push them in a positive direction with something they are passionate about. He strives to do this with the movement of All of the Above.
Zack Tuck AKA The Sound Addict started producing at the age of 17. Having no knowledge of how to produce or where to begin, he started buying equipment. 2 years into producing he landed his first placement with national touring artist Willie The Kid. With his music beginning to have more demand he started taking his gear and production to the next level. He then started landing more and more placements. Zack has worked with Big Kuntry King who is currently signed to TI's label Grand Hustle, Disturbing the Peace's Shawnna, Lil Flip who had the hit single "The Way we Ball" and many more signed artists. Now after 8 years of producing, getting a degree in Digital Media, and working as an audio engineer at a various local recording studios, Zack teaches the Beat Making 101 class.
Dreas is a producer, DJ, and record collector from Grand Rapids, MI. After spending over a decade honing his craft in Chicago, he returned to Michigan and spearheaded the successful monthly Grand Rapids Soul Club party and brand. Dreas has shared the stage with artists like Ali Shaheed Muhammad, Peanut Butter Wolf, Mayer Hawthorne, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Killer Mike, Danny Brown and many others. He can often be seen spinning 45s from his deep crates of soul, funk, disco, and boogie records while sporting one of his one off clothing designs. Dreas also continues to run his boutique beat-oriented label, Heardrums Records, which saw it's birth in Chicago in the early 2000s. His production credits include tracks for regional and national emcees including Kool Keith and various creative and commercial placements.
Johnny Moody (AKA Aramis) is a Hip Hop recording artist out of Grand Rapids, MI. Aramis began getting into music at a young age, but had no idea he would eventually become an artist himself until reaching middle school. It was there, where he started listening to a lot of underground rock and hip hop. What started off as a simple hobby, ended up turning into a deep passion that he could not let go of.
Growing up listening to artists like Coolio, Busta Rhymes, Dj Quik, TLC, and a slew of others, Aramis began to subconsciously start creating his own rhymes. After coming across a particular internet forum where he saw other up and coming artists posting their recordings, he decided to do the same.
Using a cheap PC mic and recording software, he began recording his own songs and posting them online. It would be several years down the line before he would perform his first show. During this period of his life he met a young Florida-based rapper named David Campbell (AKA STRAT). Though never meeting physically, the two considered each other to be good friends, and ended up collaborating on quite a few tracks. Aramis Looked up to STRAT not only because of his talent as an artist, but because he was genuinely good person.
STRAT ended up taking his own life in mid 2008. Even though this deeply saddened Aramis, he vowed to push his music career as far he he could for himself, and to also honor his late friend. Aramis would then go on to compete in various rap battles and tournaments during which time he honed his skills and increased his knowledge of sound engineering and production.
Aramis dropped his first solo project, The Black Adam Mixtape, in June 2013; he has been making his mark in both Underground and Nerdcore Hip Hop music scenes ever since. Aramis' latest project, Hidden Agenda, was released on 1/20/2016. He is currently working on next project, which is scheduled to be completed and released at the end of this year.
Some of his goals are to develop and use my talents to the fullest extent and to spread knowledge and educate those who want to learn about Hip Hop.
Julius "Tron" Rogers is repping Vertical Ambition out of Flint, Michigan. Tron has been breaking since 2008. He has been an active member of the hip hop community from the first time he laid eyes on the culture. He spent the last 5 years teaching youth breaking and hip hop classes in and around the Flint area. He recently graduated from the University of Michigan - Flint and now resides in the city of Grand Rapids. Although breaking was his first love, DJing is a very close second. He is currently co-host to a radio mix show called "The Jam Session" that plays on WRCL Flint’s Club 93.7 every Friday night. Along with being an active dancer, he also is the lead organizer for an annual dance event called Flint Town Get Down, which takes place in Flint, MI every year. His purpose for joining AOTA is to continue helping the youth of our culture grow and expand.
Man@Work/Sir Manley aka David K Manley has continued to expand his abilities in business and life in order to be of better service to his family and community. As a native of LA, the long-time West Michigan resident has had a significant role in helping shape the West Michigan Hip Hop scene over the last 10 years. Therefore, contributing to “dozens” of releases with his production, emceeing, graphic design and audio engineering services.
Beyond the music, Manley is also known for having a first-hand knowledge of how to rebuild a life from ruins. As a felon, Manley has survived a long story of addiction and hardship which has created a strong testimony when encouraging others to take control of their lives. Manley has volunteered with the Michigan Prisoner Re-Entry Initiative and youth detention facilities in Kent, Ottawa and Muskegon Counties over the last 10 years helping strengthen inmates upon release and assisting those on parole to stay a positive course.
As a business owner Manley continues to help families become home owners through his real estate company “davidmanleyrealestate.com” by partnering with local non-profits and organizations in order to assist families with alternative funding sources. “Helping others is the only business model he subscribes to”. Manley continues to champion win-win-win opportunities and is always looking for ways to connect the public with information that isn’t so public.
Manley is a father of 3 and proud husband who believes Hip Hop played a key role in saving his life. He always seems eager to share the benefits of the art form and its transforming abilities for individuals and communities at large. Manley believes that people need well rounded life skills to excel in life, and with an unorthodox approach he continues to offer value and hope to those who are looking to help themselves and others succeed.
Kamau "Dj ILL ONE" Williams has been djing and beatmaking for 26 years. He has spun in several Clubs, opened for several artists, done college radio and has battled in contests for about 4 years. He comes from a family with a musical background. He loves the discovery of good music and loves to share his talents with others. A one time member of the Zulu Nation, Beatnics crew and a known part of the Grand Rapids Hip Hop scene.
Kamau is always willing to teach the youth about the Hip Hop culture at any given moment and loves to share the gift of music with everyone.
Ant has been breakin since 2010, repping 61SYX TEKNIQUE out of Grand Rapids, MI. He thrives of off giving back to the Hip Hop culture and community. He mentors the youth of Grand Rapids every day. His truest inspiration comes from the free spirits of the kids he teaches. Ant has worked with animal shelters and youth programs for years. He currently teaches at 61SYX SDA and works with dogs at Family Friends Veterinary Hospital. His hobbies include digging for records, chocolate, and laughing with friends. Through All of The Above Hip-Hop Academy, Ant hopes to further engage the youth, our future, in accepting themselves and nurturing their creative mindsets. He believes in staying occupied with the things you love to do. "Growing old is no more than a bad habit which a busy person has no time to form"
Carl Bowers, aka Bowser, started dancing at the age of 16 and comes from a very diverse background and environment shaping his outlook and perspective of the world. Now a senior at MSU studying Communications, Carl has always had a passion for art and self-expression. Known as the hyper and highly extroverted person, six years ago he found what allowed him to channel his energy and art through BBoying. This allowed him to push himself on all levels spiritually, physically, and mentally. Bowser has traveled the state to multiple jams, collaborating with many other artists and organizations throughout the community. Carl's passion for teaching and helping students find unity, love, peace, and passion through Hip Hop has developed more over the past few years.
"As a BBoy I love the expressive aspect of the dance and also expanding upon my foundations of toprock and footwork. I’ve taught for two years at The Performing Arts Studio in E. Lansing, Choreographed performances for Greek Week and DTN. With these experiences that I’ve taken in life I use and project through my teachings and dance." says Carl. He strives to encourage and empower the youth of his community, to help children find a fruitful passion and be a positive light to others.
Born and raised in Lansing, MI, Rafael is no stranger to the Michigan Hip-Hop scene. Humble beginnings at a local open mic, allowed Rafael to develop his talent. Since then he has worked with respected Hip-Hop artists such as P.H.I.L.T.H.Y, The Amature, Ozay-Moore (formerly Othello), Red-Pill, Jahshua Smith (Formerly J-Young The General), and continues to deliver with a charming and witty flavor.