J. Davis


J. Davis

Julio Davis heads The J. Davis Trio. Following their musical heart, The J. Davis Trio continues to thrive. They thrive not only because of their connection to real hip hop and jazz music, but also because of their ability to grow and change. Starting as trio, they now have as many as 8-10 people on stage, utilizing many types of instrumentation and styles. Their independence has allowed them to explore and incorporate from unexpected sources, resulting in a sound uniquely their own. Began as an actual trio, the band is now Julio Davis, Dave Smith, Dave Winer, Sam Sharp, Ryan Murphy and Chris Greene.  The J.Davis Trio arrived on the Chicago scene with their debut eponymous album, The J.Davis Trio, in 1999 where they created national buzz with a North American tour that included famous Chicago venues like The Metro, The House of Blues, the historic Green Mill Jazz club, and many colleges in the midwest. Tours to the east coast, the CMJ Music Fest in New York, down to the SXSW Music Fest in Austin, TX., to L.A. soon followed.
Their next album “The New No. 2” released in 2002 reflected a leap in their development and saw them working with many great Chicago artists. Rappers like Cap D from All Natural and Juice made an appearance, as well as musicians like Jeff Parker from Tortoise and Paul Mertens of The Brian Wilson Group.
The band released their next album, “These Things Happen” in 2007. This project saw them reunite with Julio Davis’ original rap crew, Chicago legends Stony Island, as well as vocal and musical cameos by Poi Dog Pondering front man Frank Orrall. In 2011, they returned with their most ambitious recording to date, “Vintage”.
They’re upcoming new full length album “Fire & Math”, will be released in 2016.

Rhymes: Boogie Down Productions “The Bridge is Over,” Young-Holt Unlimited “Soulful Strut,” and A Tribe Called Quest “Luck of Lucien”


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Asad Jafri


Asad Jafri

Asad Jafri is a global arts leader, cultural organizer, and multidisciplinary artist with a passion for sustainable social change. As a visionary, Asad recognizes community needs and drives initiatives for local and global change through his love of the arts. As a multidisciplinary artist, Asad utilizes his knowledge in many genres of music, theater, visual art, and dance from around the globe to curate unique captivating fusion productions. He is internationally regarded as an innovator, collaborator, connector and mentor. From 2007 – 2012, Asad served as the Director of Arts and Culture at the Inner-city Muslim Action Network (IMAN). Asad also DJs under the moniker Man-o-Wax and has played at venues across continents, blending music from all over the world. As an individual and with his group – the FEW Collective, Asad has travelled far and wide merging art and social change through innovative mediums.  Currently, Asad is based in Kuala Lumpur working with the World Islamic Economic Forum and several other international arts and youth projects. Asad continues on his mission to travel the globe building community and connecting people across cultures through the universal language of art.

Rhymes: Killah Priest “B.I.B.L.E.”, Boogie Down Productions “Why Is That?”, and Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth “T.R.O.Y.”


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FEW Collective


Songs from this Interview:

GZA feat. Killah Priest “B.I.B.L.E. (Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth)”

Gang Starr “Above the Clouds”

Gang Starr “Who’s Gonna Take the Weight?”

Eric B. & Rakim “Casualties of War”

K-Solo “Letterman”

The Pharcyde “Runnin'”

MC Kash “Beneath this Sky”

Boogie Down Productions “Why is That?”

Boogie Down Productions “Love’s Gonna Get’cha”

Brother Ali “Soul Whisper”

Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth “T.R.O.Y. (They Reminisce Over You)”

“Ali Mola Ali Mola”

Altimet “Syukur”

Tiraline feat. The ReMINDers “Tolerance”

Brother Ali “Good Lord”

Sengvilay “Kid Jungle” Aphay

Kid Jungle 

This interview and songs explains the growth and evolution of myself from a teenager to young adult and now the present.  The impact and my interpretations of each song represent major chapters and changes in my life that have given me experiences that I will never forget.  Never would I have ever thought that I would be this far just from this dance known as “b-boying” or “breakdancing” but I know I was put on this Earth to change the world of people’s lives and especially my own.  Catch me teaching, training, competing, performing, collaborating, and cyphering around Chicago and the rest of the world through my affiliations – Thee Authentic Fewsion Dance, Hip Hop Chicago, Phaze II Crosstown Crew, Awesome Style Konnectionz, Latin Street Dance Academy, Chi-Caribena, and Kuumba Lynx.  Peace….

Rhymes: KRS-One “Step Into a World,” Korn “Alone I Break,” K-Os “Superstar Pt. Zero,” and Nas “Carry on Tradition”


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Songs From This Interview:

KRS-One “Step Into A World”

EC Illa “On Ill”

Beat Street Battle Scene

Milli Vanilli “Baby Don’t Forget My Number”

Lord of the Undergound “Chief Rocka”

MC Eiht “All 4 The Money”

KRS-One “Step Into A World (Remix)”

Korn “Alone I Break”

K-Os “Superstar Pt. Zero”

Nas “Carry on Tradition”

Nas “Nasty”

Nate Mathews

Nate Mathews

Nate Mathews is a student of African and Middle East history currently pursuing his doctorate at Northwestern University. He is the author of the poetry collection, River of Desire, Ocean of Love, and founder of the website Azanian Sea.

Rhymes: Boogie Down Productions – “Blackman in Effect,” Common ft Cee-Lo – “G.O.D. (Gaining One’s Definition),” and Professor Jay – “Zali za Mentali”


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Azanian Sea

River of Desire, Ocean of Love

Songs From This Interview:

Boogie Down Productions- Blackman In Effect

KRS- One- Return of the Boom Bap

X-Clan- Grand Verbalizer, What Time Is It?

Common feat Cee Lo- G.O.D. (Gaining One’s Definition)

Common Sense- Take It Easy

Outkast ft. Goodie Mobb- Git Up, Get Out

Kanye West- School Spirit

Murs- And This Is For…

Professor Jay- Zali Za Mentali

K’Naan- T.I.A.