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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.
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.
Jacob Weston grew up in Lansing Michigan rooted deeply in punk and hardcore. Utilizing the DIY ethics from this community, he began to book shows and tours during his high school years. Out of necessity, Jacob began experimenting in design by creating flyers, shirts, and album layouts. Through touring and booking events, he built a network of talented friends, from around the country, and became a point man, bringing touring acts to mid-Michigan.
In his early 20s, Jacob started branching out into different genres, thanks to suggestions from, his now wife, Julia Weston (Hernandez). Through family and friends, he was exposed to Hip Hop and felt a pull to it, similar in mindset, but totally refreshing from the music he had spent most of his life attached to.
Now, Jacob seeks to utilize his skills in the Hip Hop Scene refined from DIY hardcore culture, as well as his love for music and family, to create a thriving community in Lansing enriched with music, art, and culture.
Carla Brooks is a writer for grkids.com and song writer/musician in Lansing, MI. Her passion to help more people understand the true culture of hip hop is what drives her to be a part of AOTA. After many years of being immersed in a cookie cutter community, Carla was introduced by a dear friend to the Hip Hop world and her life was forever changed. The message of what true Hip Hop Culture is about is what Carla is most excited about as AOTA grows. The message to be ourselves, be encouraged that we all have something to say and offer to the world, and we all have a vital role to play in our communities.
Carla started school for music ministry and ended up working in Marketing. The two worlds collided as she started her journey with AOTA. Documenting her adventures in Michigan ended up linking her with her current job as a writer for grkids. "I pinch myself sometimes at the thought that I have two dream jobs!" she says. Being able to help families and further community growth is something she's very thankful for and can't wait to see what the future holds.
Several years after dropping out of Art School Dustin buckled down and obtained a Fine Arts degree and teaching credential from Michigan State University. In those years spent before MSU he time taking a path less traveled was priceless time gaining hands on experience as a graffiti writer. While attending MSU Dustin, then known as DJ Collectives, hosted The Cultural Vibe, one of Michigan’s longest running hip hop radio shows. As a host of The Cultural Vibe, Dustin used the airwaves as a platform for established and up-and-coming Michigan based emcees, producers and DJ’s. He gave them a way to share their craft. Since graduating, Dustin has spent the last decade teaching art and math in alternative high schools in Portland, Oregon and middle school design in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Dustin is now based out of Lansing, Michigan where he owns and operates a math based, youth centered education service. This services seeks to improve math literacy through design and large scale mural projects. You may be able to catch Dustin, now know as DJ Omni, spinning classic and contemporary hip hop, funk and soul around town.
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.
Hailing from the streets of San Diego, California, Y’z Council has spent the last 14 years perfecting his rap and production skills. He seeks to expand his reach in the music industry while giving back to his community. Y'z is able to do this through his knowledge of Hip Hop and life experience. A student of HipHop Culture Y'z Council aspires to be a life long learner.