On a cold snowy day at a downtown Chicago hospital, K’Valentine made her entrance into this world. She served as an early Christmas gift for her mother. The news of her birth also excited her father, Valentine Ogilvie Reid, who at the time, was incarcerated in another state. At an early age, in spite of many family hardships, K’Valentine excelled academically and in the Arts. Anything associated with creativity was and still is her forte.

As a little girl, K’s exceptional artistic ability was so evident that it’s no surprise that music became her life’s passion. When she discovered the power of hip hop, it became her first love. She dove in head first and learned everything she could about the art form. Soon enough, she was impressing friends and family with her vast knowledge about the world of hip hop.

K’Valentine began her lyrical journey by writing poetry to get out emotions she wanted to express. After a chance meeting with world renowned poet laureate Dr. Maya Angelou before she passed, K’Valentine was encouraged to practice until she mastered her craft. On the advice of Dr. Angelou, K wrote poetry non-stop, and those poems eventually transitioned into songs.

After reciting poetry at numerous spoken word events and receiving positive feedback, it was time for K to finally get in the booth. Shortly after, she released her debut project, “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” 2011. Breakfast at Tiffany’s gave listeners their first look into K’Valentine’s heart. She wrote about personal subjects but she also wasn’t scared to get down and dirty on the microphone. On Valentine’s Day 2013, K’Valentine dropped her second mixtape, K’Valentine’s Day, which picked up where Breakfast at Tiffany’s left off.

In 2014, K’Valentine linked up with Javotti Media, a label owned by hip hop star Talib Kweli, and began to work on her third mixtape, Million Dollar Baby. Million Dollar Baby finds K’Valentine rhyming over tracks that are new as well as her versions of existing hits, giving the listener a well rounded perspective of a young lady that can lyrically spar with the best of them. Million Dollar Baby puts on for the city of Chicago by featuring great Chicago artists like Bubble Eye, Vic Spencer and Mikkey Halsted, but it’s undoubtedly K’Valentine’s showcase. You can also find K’Valentine’s contributions to the world of music on Javotti Media’s mixtape, The Cathedral, which placed K in the company of esteemed artists such as Big K.R.I.T. Joell Ortiz, Curren$y, NIKO IS and more.

K’Valentine’s love for music has given her a calling, and she is here to answer that calling. The music she makes is not just wonderful for the listener, but has also been her therapy to get through life’s trying times. As beautiful as she is talented, her experience is valuable and her voice is needed. Experience K’Valentine and enjoy!

Rhymes: 2Pac, “Keep Ya Head Up,” Lauryn Hill, “Tell Him,” Eminem, “Lose Yourself,” and Drake, “Make Me Proud”


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Per Bylund Kjaer


Per Bylund Kjaer

Per B. “BluCollaScholla” Kjaer holds a Master’s Degree in American Studies from SDU. He is the author of “…That Real Black Music”, an MA Thesis on Hip-Hop music in an African-American cultural-historical perspective. He teaches American and British history and culture at a Danish three-year college-preparatory program. He is a passionate leisure-emcee in a collective that fuses the aesthetics of hip-hop and rock music. He calls the project “hop ‘n’ roll.”  Born into a working-class family in a rural area of Denmark, struggle was a daily reality and higher education seemed to be a distant goal. He was the middle child of three, both siblings afflicted with severe intellectual disabilities; social stigmas were frequent, while academic success was rare. His childhood home was almost completely devoid of books, art, and music as the focus was elsewhere. But in music, he would soon discover a whole new world far removed from his own. Hip-Hop music colored his process toward becoming a man, an emcee, and, indeed, an academic…and it don’t stop!

Rhymes: Run DMC “Run’s House,” Knoc-turn’al “Peepin’ Tom,” and Eminem “White America”


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Songs from this Interview:

Run DMC “Run’s House”

a-Ha “Take on Me”

Run DMC “Sucka MCs”

Run DMC “Peter Piper”

Run DMC “Down with the King”

DJ Honda ft. Mos Def “Travellin’ Man”

Beastie Boys “Sounds of Science”

The Fay Boys “Stick’em”

Knoc-turn’al “Peepin’ Tom”

Dr. Dre ft. Knoc-turn’al “Bad Intentions”

Dr. Dre “Lil’ Ghetto Boy”

Notorious B.I.G. “Who Shot Ya?”

Rage Against the Machine “Microphone Fiend”

Eminem “White America”

Eminem ft. Dr. Dre, Nate Dogg, Snoop Dogg and Xzibit “Bitch Please II”

L.O.C. ft. U$O “Momentet”

Malk de Koijn “Toback to the Fromtime”

Dr. Marcia Dawkins

Dr. Marcia Dawkins

Marcia Alesan Dawkins, Ph.D. is a diversity-oriented, technology-loving intellectual entrepreneur from New York City. An award-winning author, speaker, and educator, Dawkins writes frequently on race, diversity, media, religion, and politics for several outlets, including The Huffington Post, Truthdig, The Root, and Cultural Weekly, among others. Her expert opinion has been sought out by NPR, WABC-TV Boston, TIME Magazine, The Leadership Alliance, and the Public Relations Society of America. Her first book, Clearly Invisible: Racial Passing and the Color of Cultural Identity was released in August 2012. Her second book Eminem: The Real Slim Shady is on the way. She earned her PhD in communication from USC Annenberg, her master’s degrees in humanities from USC and NYU and her bachelor’s degrees in communication arts and honors from Villanova. She served as a visiting scholar at Brown University and currently lectures at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.

Rhymes: Kurtis Blow “The Breaks”, Digable Planets “Where I’m From”, and Eminem “The Way I Am”


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Songs From this Interview:

Kurtis Blow “The Breaks”

R.I.F. “Rappin’ is Fundamental”

Digable Planets “Where I’m From”

Digable Planets “Rebirth of Slick (Cool Like Dat)”

Nirvana “Smells Like Teen Spirit”

Eric B. & Rakim “Put Your Hands Together”

Digable Planets “La Femme Fatale”

50 Cent “Corner Bodega”

Eminem “The Way I Am”

High & Mighty ft. Mos Def and Mad Skillz “B-Boy Document ’99”

Shabeem Sahdeeq ft. A.L., Eminem, Kwest, and Skam “5 Star Generals”

Eminem “My Name Is”

Eminem “Mosh”

Eminem “The Real Slim Shady”

Ludacris ft. Nicki Minaj “My Chick Bad”

Murs “Dark Skinned White Girls”

Eminem ft. Dr. Dre “Guilty Conscience”