Ise Lyfe

Ise Lyfe is a Hip-Hop Artist with a vast body of work that spills over into the realms of Spoken Word, Theater, Business, and even Authorship. Recently appointed Commissioner of Arts and Cultural Affairs in his hometown of Oakland, CA, Ise Lyfe is one of the nation's premier Spoken Word Artist and Emcee's. His 2006 debut album, "spreadtheWord" allowed him to mettle with a national audience, and the release of his second LP in 2008, "Prince Cometh" received rave reviews from critics and fans alike. Unaffected by the sophomore jinx theory, it's safe to say the response across the board was nearly 100% positive... Ise first gained national recognition competing in national poetry slam competitions in his late teens. In 2001 he won the National Poetry Slam Competition, skyrocketing his popularity amongst the ever growing Spoken Word/Hip-Hop Theatre audience. He has been featured on Russell Simmons' Def Poetry Jam on HBO. He has also shared the stage with Gil Scott-Heron, Dave Chappelle, Lauryn Hill, Talib Kweli, Dead Prez, E-40, Harry Belafonte, Mos Def, Malcolm Jamaal Werner, KRS-One, Martin Luther, Saul Williams, Ben Harper, Erykah Badu, Zion I, and The Coup to name a few. However, Ise Lyfe is simply different than anyone else in his genre or league of peers. Period. Just in his twenties with nearly ten years of national and international stage performing and recording experience, he transcends the common narrative on and off stage. An award winning poet, emcee, performer, and educator, this young man is sure to be the impact we all speak of wanting, but rarely see realized... "...He might someday take over Mos Def's mantle as Hip-Hop's activist poet laureate..."- Seattle Weekly


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