In an era dimmed and darkened by artists and executives who focus on commercial success more than societal impact, UnLearn has been grinding to shine his light in the name of all things Hip Hop, the music, the culture and the movement. As an Emcee, Poet, Actor and Activist, this Washington Heights, New York native has garnered a reputation for his energy and keen ability to grab listener’s attention with charismatic delivery and soulfully inspired lyrical content. He appeals to old and new fans alike as a wordsmith of the people, focused creating "ghetto anthems” and “corner store Soul-music”, in order to become one of the louder and more influential voices in Hip Hop.
As a true student of the game, UnLearn interned for different record labels as a teenager, sitting in studio sessions for mainstream acts like Fat Joe and the late Big Pun. Along with recording songs with underground legends Jean Grae and Pumpkin Head, UnLearn took the best from both dimensions of Hip Hop, all the while, learning about the world through his neighborhood; partnering his life experiences with his own studies in history, politics and religion to create his substantive, but accessible style of lyricism.
In addition to frequent appearances on Manhattan Public Access Hip Hop shows, UnLearn began receiving some serious buzz and attention when he was given the chance to join the 2003 Lyricist Lounge Club Series Tour, opening up for the group Boot Camp Click. The positive audience responses allowed him to extend his stint on the tour, continuing on the road for another two months, performing spot dates with acts like Young Bloodz, Dead Prez, Killa Mike, Killa Priest and Hip Hop Icon, Big Daddy Kane.
Later that year, owing thousands of dollars in back rent, UnLearn was evicted from his New York apartment and moved to California. In the Bay Area, UnLearn would mature, reinventing himself and the message in his music. His new found growth and perspective would manifest itself in his 2005 release of “Confessions of A Dangerous Mind”, his first mix tape project released via the internet for free download, standing at the forefront of the digital music wave. The project was well received by a number of Hip Hop Web magazines and blogs, solidifying UnLearn’s presence on the internet. In addition to being a featured artist on a slew of Hip Hop web sites, he would later contribute to HipHopGame.com as an Essayist and Op-Ed writer, touching on social issues from a Hip Hop perspective.
Most recently, while preparing the last installment to his free mix tape series, “Intelligent Design Volumes 1-3”, with the upmost confidence in his talents, UnLearn put his money where his mouth was by cashing out both his life savings and large bonus from a day job to move back to the East Coast with a modest budget for a start-up multia media production company (Intelligent Design Media Group, LLC.) and independent album. In addition to his Urban alternative news website and social network ItzAllAHustle.com and his weekly podcast audio blog, UnLearn has partnered with legendary Hip Hop producer Domingo and his Deranged Music imprint to ink a digital distribution deal with INgrooves/Universal in order to release both his EP "The Wake Up Call" and debut album, “The UnLearning”.
Though Hip Hop is wrought with many voices, UnLearn is choosing to be the conscientious voice of reason. He strives to add something new to the collective consciousness and internal dialogue of Hip Hop culture and urban communities at large. UnLearn aims to create social change by inviting his listeners into his world to witness his own struggles and changes and, in the process, achieve the cultural impact that will lead his audience into a new age of thinking.
“Let the UnLearning begin…”
Record Label: Intelligent Design/Deranged Music/INgrooves/Universal