David Luke


David Luke

David Luke is a music producer from Albany, GA and a network producer for NPR’s Microphone Check.

Rhymes: Reflection Eternal, “The Blast,” Little Brother, “Morning,” and Slum Village,”Go Ladies”


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NPR’s Microphone Check

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Daryn Alexus


Daryn Alexus

Daryn was born and raised in Washington DC and came to Chicago to attended Columbia College.  While there she won the Biggest Mouth Competition, the schools most competitive music competition.  After graduation she decided to stay in the city, calling Chicago her second home after living here for nearly 8 years now. She’s had several opportunities to perform at great venues around the city; Lincoln Hall, Chop Shop, Schubas, Reggie’s, and The Metro among many others.  IN 2014 she released an EP titled GREEN that led to a few articles from The Chicago Tribune and the Red Eye, and opened the door to many other wonderful unforgettable opportunities and friendships. Daryn now continues to make music with her producer Dee Lilly in her South Side Apartment. Currently releasing tracks for her “Wild Flower Series” and moving towards another EP at the top of the year, Daryn is sure to keep busy creating.

Rhymes: Lil Wayne, “Go DJ,” Black Star “Definition,” and Kanye West “I Wonder”


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Aamer Rahman


Aamer Rahman

After years of performing as half of the critically acclaimed duo Fear of a Brown Planet, Aamer Rahman finally appears in his long-awaited debut solo show.

Rhymes: Public Enemy, “Give It Up”, Dead Prez, “Hip Hop”, and Black Star, “Definition”


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Vann R. Newkirk II


Vann Newkirk

Vann R. Newkirk II, also known as fivefifths, is a writer, editor, graphic designer, and activist entrepreneur who is currently Chief Scribe and founder at Seven Scribes, a new online destination for millennials of color. He is a graduate of Morehouse College and UNC-Chapel Hill, and is deeply passionate about social justice, environmental justice, Afrofuturism/speculative fiction, and hip-hop, and in the intersection between them all. His work has been featured in Ebony, GQ, and Grantland among other outlets.

Rhymes: Outkast “Aquemini,” Blackstar ft. Common “Respiration,” and Gucci Mane “Lemonade”


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Rahiel Tesfamariam


Rahiel Tesfamariam

Rahiel Tesfamariam is a social activist, public theologian, writer and speaker. She is the Founder and Publisher of Urban Cusp  a cutting-edge online lifestyle magazine highlighting progressive urban culture, faith, social change and global awareness. She is also a former columnist for The Washington Post.
Rahiel holds degrees from Stanford University and Yale University, where she graduated magna cum laude and was the inaugural William Sloane Coffin, Jr. Scholar for Peace and Justice. Prior to attending seminary at Yale, she served as the youngest editor-in-chief in the history of The Washington Informer, at age 23.
Before launching Urban Cusp in 2011, Rahiel directed a D.C. citywide juvenile justice reform effort where she oversaw case management for 500 youth, trained 40 nonprofit organizations and managed a $4M annual budget. She has traveled the world on various delegations and humanitarian projects and has spoken at prestigious universities and historic churches nationwide. Rahiel is also one of forty women published in the book Talking Taboo: American Christian Women Get Frank About Faith.
Rahiel has received several national fellowships and awards, including the National Association of Black Journalist’s “Salute to Excellence,” National Action Network’s “Who’s Got Next,” IMPACT Leader of the Year and EnVest’s “Top 40 Under 40.” Black Girls Rock featured Rahiel on their 2013 BET awards show, saluting “her tireless dedication to global issues, community activism and youth advocacy.”
Responding to the 2014 Ferguson decision, Rahiel led a national Black Friday economic boycott supported by dozens of celebrities called #NotOneDime. As a leading generational voice, Rahiel has appeared in countless media outlets, including The New York Times, Forbes, MSNBC, Ebony, Black Enterprise and more. Most recently, Rahiel was featured in Ebony and Revolt TV amongst “Leaders of the New School” and was one of six women Essence Magazine named “The New Civil Rights Leaders.”

Rhymes: Jay-Z “Where I’m From,” Mos Def “Umi Says,” Sweet Honey in the Rock “Ella’s Song”


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Brotha Ed Onaci

Brotha Ed Onaci

Brotha Onaci is a student, teacher, and turntable liberationist who uses DJing to bring progressive change to the world. A former Chicago resident, he helped co-found Sonic Diaspora and the People’s DJs Collective. Now in Philadelphia, Brotha Onaci spins at various venues and events in the area. You can also check him out during Sonic Diaspora at Patty Boom Boom in DC on the 1st & 3rd Wednesdays of each month.

Rhymes:     Mos Def “If You Can Huh, You Can Hear,” Lauryn Hill “Lost Ones,” and J-Live “Traveling Music”
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Songs From this Interview:
Mos Def “If You Can Huh, You Can Hear”

Mos Def “Universal Magnetic”

Reflection Eternal ft. Mos Def “Fortified Live”

GZA “Swordsman”

Mobb Deep “Still Shinin'”

Killah Priest “B.I.B.L.E.”

Reflection Eternal “Manifesto”

Lauryn Hill “Lost Ones”

Lauryn Hill “Doo Wop (That Thing)”

Raekwon ft. Ghostface Killah “Rainy Dayz”

Common ft. D’Angelo “Geto Heaven Part II”

Brand Nubian “Weed vs. Weaves”

Raekwon “Heaven & Hell”

J-Live “One for the Griot”

J-Live “A Charmed Life”

J-Live “Traveling Music”

J-Live “Satisfied”

P. Diddy “Bad Boys for Life”

Fela Kuti “Water No Get Enemy”

Lupe Fiasco “Around My Way (Freedom Ain’t Free)”

Ani DeFrano “In or Out”

Alexander “DJ RTC” Fruchter

Alexander “DJ RTC” Fruchter

Alexander Fruchter is the founder and current EIC of hip hop music and culture site “Ruby Hornet” as well as co-owner of the independent record label Closed Sessions and an adjunct at Columbia College. He is a Hyde Park native, graduate of Indiana University, lover of the White Sox and Hip Hop culture.

Rhymes: Beastie Boys ft. Q-Tip “Get it Together,” Mos Def “Hip-Hop,” and Kanye West ft GLC and Consequence “Spaceship”


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Ruby Hornet

Closed Sessions


Columbia College Profile

Songs from this Interview:

Beastie Boys ft. Q-tip “Get it Together”

Ice Cube “It was a Good Day”

Oasis “Wonderwall”

Beastie Boys “Sabotage”

Beastie Boys ft. Cypress Hill “So What’cha Want” (Remix)

Beastie Boys “Shake Your Rump”

Typical Cats “The Manhatten Project”

MC Juice “Period”

Mos Def “Hip-Hop”

Mos Def ft. Q-Tip and Tash “Body Rock”

Company Flow “End to End Burners”

Mos Def “Close Edge”

Scratch Movie Soundtrack- Mix Master Mike ft. DJ Disk

Talib Kweli “Get By”

Jay-Z “Dirt Off Your Shoulder”

Kanye West ft. GLC and Consequence “Spaceship”

Kanye West “Last Call”