Musician - Recording Artist
Tell us about yourself! What do you do? And what are you passionate about?
Above all else, I'm a musician and recording artist; I've studied and played an array of instruments for the majority of my life, and have been integral in the evolution and blueprinting of underground hip hop for over two decades. I've recorded over 20 albums and projects on both major and independent labels since the mid 1990's, and have toured extensively through venues and festivals worldwide. I spent a decade deejaying residencies and special guest slots at clubs and events nationally, as well as promoting and producing my own mini arts festival event Unfamous Fest in select cities around the U.S. Consequently, I'm a consultant, teacher, & student of the entertainment business. In addition, I'm an experiential educator specializing in facilitating life changing team building and leadership development programming for corporate, non profit, and professional groups. Furthermore, I passionately believe in, vehemently support, and tirelessly pursue fairness and equality for all - from artists to minority groups and everyone in between. I dance as a member of LA Breakers and BrickHeadZ, two of the freshest Bboy crews in the world, and have taught at world renown institutions as well as choreographed and performed pieces at honored venues globally. I was a major piece in both Mental Graffiti and Dandelion Patch, two of the most recognized events worldwide during the spoken word and poetry explosion of the late 90's. Other things you might catch me getting into on any given day weekly are traditional Muay Thai, bouldering and rock climbing, yoga (ashtanga, anusara, & vinyasa), acroyoga and/or partner acrobatics, shredding dance floors city-wide, and helping random strangers however I'm able in whatever situations arise.
Describe a specific moment when you positively impacted the world (someone's life, the environment, animals, etc.) and how it made you feel.
Completely removed from my work in the areas mentioned above, here's an instance from early this past summer (as quoted from Facebook):
"One day after lunch with my Father at UCLA, I jumped into my car and noticed a couple of college kids in a car idling next to the curb across the street. One of them was going completely nuts; flailing his arms around, pounding his fists on the dashboard, smacking himself, pulling at his hair, crying, and shouting. I couldn’t hear what the topic of the commotion was since the windows were up, but I turned my music down, shut my car off, and watched them for a moment, anyway.
I wondered what could have happened to make this young kid so agitated. The other kid just sat there quietly, without saying anything. I wondered what the nature of their relationship was, and why this extreme amount of anger and release was being projected from one to the other. I couldn’t tell from his motions if he was venting, complaining, grieving, attacking, or all of the above; but the longer I watched, the more uncomfortable it made me.
After observing for a while and becoming more uncomfortable as the guy got increasingly riled up, I felt like I couldn’t responsibly leave without doing something. I considered calling the police, but… I didn’t want the kid to get shot up, and as demonstrated, that’s pretty much all cops are good at. Between my natural inclination for understanding and my desire help people, paired with my training as an experiential educator, I know I have the tools to at the very least, provide this guy with an opportunity to stop himself and think about the situation and his actions before it got any worse.
I jumped out of my car, jogged across the street, and approached them. The kid was so amped up by this point, that he didn’t even notice me coming, and kind of jumped when I tapped the window. He wiped his face and frowned at me, waving me off. I knocked again, and threw up the universal “roll down the window” motion. He rolled it down, and said “WHAT” in a distinctly aggressive manner. I put my hands up and said, “cool out, bruh. I was sitting over there watching you guys for a while, and I can tell that something pretty major is going on here. I just wanted to be sure that everything’s all good, and that you’ll both be okay if I leave.”
He said that he was fine, and I asked if he needed anything, to which he said no. The other kid stayed quiet for the entire exchange, so I directly asked if he was okay and he nodded. The wild child started to roll his window back up, & I asked him to hold on for one second, which he did. I let him know that I had considered calling the police at first, but decided to come check in with him instead to be see if that was necessary. I also told him it was plainly obvious that he was going through it, and that whatever the situation was, he may be able to process and deal with it more efficiently if he took a moment to breathe, calm down, and approach it in a measured way. Finally, I let him know that although I had no idea what was happening, I was still going to chill in my car across the street for a while to make sure that things didn’t escalate. He said “fine, fine,” and the last thing I did was to ask him to at least shut off his engine and remove his keys, because driving off before giving himself a chance to cool out could possibly result in someone getting hurt. He said okay, shut off his engine, and rolled his window up.
I walked away, got back in my car, and sat for another 10 minutes or so. Although still emotional, he had obviously toned it down quite a bit, so I felt a little better about departing. I left them there and went on with my day, but I’ve been wondering since if I should have handled it or done something differently."
What future plans do you have to continue making a positive impact in the world?
The work I've been doing with private firms in the field of experiential education for the past couple of years has allowed me to directly connect with many different types of people from all walks of life, while providing an opportunity to change lives and perspectives in ways that affect not only their individual growth, but carry on into the lives and experiences of others they connect to, and so on. I'm looking towards the near future, I'm making the initial steps towards establishing my own experiential education firm and staff, specializing in team building experiences immersed in ropes course and outdoor and wildnerness experience settings. geared towards facilitating programming that not only builds individuals into great teams, but also provides them with the tools and perspectives they need to influence and incite positive change in the world around them.
Who is your most inspiring #WorldChanger and why?
The older I've gotten, I've looked up to my father more and more. Outside of the typical "this is my Dad, so he's cool"-reasons, I've realized with age the magnitude of the things he's achieved and championed in his role as a world famous and highly celebrated sociologist, professor, and activist. He has tirelessly worked against the injustices and inequalities of his era that continue to spill over into our modern society, and selflessly fights to promote fair and just treatment of all peoples worldwide. Love that guy... Check it out, he really rocks. https://magazine.beloit.edu/?story_id=246598&issue_id=246440
What advice do you have for someone who aspires to be a #WorldChanger?
BE DIFFERENT. So much of what we're taught from a very young age suggests that success of any kind must be measured by, based on, and found by revisiting the path of those that have been successful before us. Strangely enough, the most successful and influential people that we celebrate have created their own stories, modeled from their own individual experiences and forged from their own unique choices, no one else's. The concept of changing the world based on doing the same thing that other people have done before you is an oxymoron idea in and of itself, as CHANGE is about being different. I named my company UNFAMOUS for the sole purpose of celebrating those that operate outside of the standard; to shed some light on those that might not be as celebrated or recognized as those that do what everyone else expects. It's tough to be different, and as a society that's always looking for the easy way to do things, we've fallen into a pattern of imitation and regurgitation that's halted our naturally creative, free-thinking, and open minded evolution. Those that choose to make the intentional decision to step out of that pre-carved groove of existence, in whatever it is that they do, are the ones that will truly become World Changers.
Where can we follow what you're doing?
Listen to & support my stuff by searching Anacron on Bandcamp, iTunes, Spotify, Google Play, YouTube, Vimeo, etc.
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