Souls of Mischief

Artist Hometown: Oakland, CA

Oakland native Tajai began rhyming with future band mate A-Plus at age 8, while both were in elementary school.[1] Tajai and Phesto met later in junior high school.[2] Tajai later introduced A-Plus and Phesto to the remaining Souls of Mischief member, Opio, and the

Speak

Artist Hometown: Hungary

Tamás Deák (born May 31, 1976,[2]) better known by his stage name Speak, is a rap artist, model and actor based in Hungary. He gained considerable fame after the music video for his 2003 anti-war song, "Stop the War", became popularized through video sharing websites.

Styles of Beyond

Artist Hometown: Los Angeles, CA

Styles of Beyond are an underground hip hop group from the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles, California. The group consists of MCs Ryan Patrick Maginn (Ryu) and Takbir Bashir (Tak), Colton Raisin Fisher (DJ Cheapshot), and producer Jason Rabinowitz (Vin Skully).

Substantial

Artist Hometown: Baltimore, MD

When Substantial was recording his debut album, …To This Union a Sun Was Born, he was driven by adversity. The Maryland native was struggling to balance school with a budding music career, was homeless at times and still reeling from having buried more than ten friends and family members.

Suga Free

Artist Hometown: Pomona, CA

Suga Free was born in Oakland and raised in Compton,[1] later becoming based in Pomona, California. He began his professional rapping career working with DJ Quik, with Quik serving as the producer on his debut album, Street Gospel, released in 1997,

Swollen Members

Artist Hometown: Vancouver, BC

Swollen Members is a 4-time Juno Award winning platinum-selling Canadian hip hop group from Vancouver, British Columbia, consisting mainly of the duo Mad Child and Prevail. Frequent collaborators include vocalist Moka Only (who was

Talib Kweli

Artist Hometown: New York, NY

Talib Kweli Greene (October 3, 1975)[1] is an American rapper who performs under the name Talib Kweli. His first name in Arabic means "student" or "seeker" (????); his middle name inSwahili means

TECH N9NE

Artist Hometown: Kansas City, MO

Aaron Dontez Yates (born November 8, 1971),[1] better known by his stage name Tech N9ne (pronounced "Tech Nine"), is an American rapper from Kansas City, Missouri. In 1999, Yates and Travis O'Guin founded the record label Strange

The Grouch

Artist Hometown: Maui, HI

Corey Scoffern, better known by his stage name The Grouch, is an American rapper and producer based in Maui, Hawaii.[1] He is a founding member of Living Legends, an underground hip hop collective based in Los Angeles, California

Tonedeff

Artist Hometown: Chicago, IL

He’s won a string of distinguished battles, though he’s far from just a battle rapper. He’s garnered a rep for his signature, rapid-fire delivery, yet he’s considerably more than just a fast rapper. He sings and produces-though not quite a singer nor producer-and is the