Mic Crenshaw and Kool Chief Rocker are LOAD B (Last Of A Dying Breed), presenting the music video for “Sunlight”, the new single from their forthcoming album Brink Of Distinction. The video was shot between Arusha, Tanzania, and Portland, where both emcees currently reside. The track is produced by Cincinnati beatsmith Theory Hazit – who also produced their previous single “Paradox” (Apple) – and will sit on BOD alongside production from DJ Klavicle, DJ Wicked, Prince Elwood Strickland and Trox. Award-winning poet and spoken word artist Kool Chief Rocker were one of three people stabbed in a 2017 hate crime on Portland public transit in which two men died when Rocker came to the defense of two women of color, one of whom was wearing a hijab. Micah was stabbed in the neck but survived. Chicago-born poet and emcee Mic moved to Portland after founding Anti-Racist Action, making him a lead figure in street wars between neo-Nazi skinheads and anti-racist youth in the Midwest in the ’80s and ’90s. Leading bands like Hungry Mob and Suckapunch before establishing his solo career, Crenshaw was 2001’s Portland Poetry Slam Grand Slam Champion, a National Poetry Slam finalist, and was voted Portland’s Best Hip Hop Artist by Willamette Week in 2016. Mic co-founded GlobalFam, a non-profit project to create and maintain a computer center for disadvantaged youth in Burundi. Over 400 people have received free training. Mic also partnered with Education WithOut Borders (EWOB), which supports education, music and art initiatives in Portland and beyond and serves as an umbrella for the local Books For Prisoners chapter and GlobalFam itself. Mic’s last solo release was Earthbound (miccrenshaw.com). Brink Of Distinction is set for a summer release.
LOAD b – “Sunlight” (video)
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