Meet Gabriel “Asheru” Benn, M.Ed. one of the panelists on our discussion this Sunday. Asheru is a veteran Hip Hop artist, educator, and youth activist. He is widely known for performing the opening theme for the popular TV series, The Boondocks, and other musical contributions to the show, for which he received the prestigious Peabody Award – becoming the first hip hop artist to receive the prestigious award. Alongside his career as a Hip Hop artist, Asheru has served as a teacher/administrator in DC Schools for over 15 years, and is well known for his pioneering and innovative efforts to forward the Hip Hop Education movement, namely through his organizations, Guerilla Arts Ink, and the Hip Hop Educational Literacy Program (H.E.L.P.). To learn more about Asheru click here and here.
There’s no sophomore slump here folks. Diamond District pick-up right where they left off (from their debut offering “In the Ruff”) with “March on Washington,” an album that expands on their social commentary, and musical and lyrical range. As a native Washingtonian I’ve seen DC area rap music go through a variety of stages and its refreshing to see Diamond District, in addition area MCs and producers such as Asheru, Ajene’, Sean Born, and a list of others building on this legacy of DOPE music, not to mention being included in an exclusive class of artists and groups (worldwide) that define what GOOD rap music sounds like.
Download “March on Washington” here.
HAD to share this joint from the homie Asheru, a DC native, educator, and very influential MC (on a global level), who also created the theme song for Aaron Macgruder’s The Boondocks animated series; just released the latest video “Funky DC” from is most recent album “Sleepless in Soweto.”
Listen and learn more here.
With this being the first ever live performance of SHAOLIN JAZZ I don’t think things could’ve worked out any better. Good weather, a legendary venue (Blues Alley), a very respectable turnout for both shows, amazing music from 2-Tone with Sound of the City, and our guest performers. And I must add, doing a live show was NEVER in our plan.