WE ARE AOTA.

OLD SCHOOL APPRECIATION, NEW SCHOOL APPLICATION.

Ozay Moore // Executive Director/Teaching Artist/Recording Artist

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 // Assistant Program Director/Recording artist/Emcee

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.

Sareem Poems // Community Engagement Director/Teaching Artist/Recording Artist/Event Planner

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 "Flava" Vitz // Program Manager/Bboy/Teaching artist

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 // BBoy Instructor/Bboy Artist/Studied BS Psychology at Michigan State University

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 // Emcee/Recording Artist/Teaching Artist/Social Media Director

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 // Beat Making Instructor/Production Artist

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.

The Sound Addict // Beat Making Instructor/Production Artist

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.

Bowser // Bboy Instructor/B-Boy Artist

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.

Rafa'El' // Emcee Instructor/Recording Artist

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.

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