Born and raised in the Twin Cities to NuyoRican parents, emcee, singer, and songwriter Maria Isa is recognized for her dedication towards celebrating her cultural diversity through music and political activism. Read more about Maria Isa.
Maria Isa is also profiled in a Twin Cities Public Television's mn original production. View the video.
The Twin Cities has a strong history of local musicians making their mark and taking over the SXSW Music Festival and this past Wednesday evening 18 year-old, South Minneapolis rapper Nazeem took charge of every minute he had on the mic.
Nazeem, who leaked January 1st, the first song off his upcoming mixture produced by Spencer Joles, was definitely a crowd favorite at this year's SXSW MN Hip Hop Showcase presented by Dante Entertainment at the 6th street Austin venue The Blind Pig.
"Performing at SXSW was a goal I had set 2 years ago, after releasing my first project The Coliseum at the 2012 Soundset," states Nazeem. "I was glad to have my family there supporting me and the crowd was really cool too."
Growing up on the Southside of Minneapolis, and graduating from Southwest High School last June, the rapper and songwriter born Nazeem Jalees Cunningham is now a student at Minneapolis Community and Technical College , and for 5 years has been working at Youthfarm, a non-profit organization focused on building youth led food movements in the Twin Cities. He was recently promoted as the Harvest Coordinator at his job, all while writing and recording his new mixtape produced by Spencer Joles.
His name is being heard around the Twin Cities as a best kept secret. With a feature on his father, veteran rapper Muja Messiah's upcoming project God Kissed It The Devil Missed It and this May's release of Atmosphere's Southside album, the new kid out the booth is bound to collect a fan base while educating a new generation of hip-hop fans through revolutionary bars set to shake your mind and tell a story.
"Nazeem killed it at the MN Hip Hop showcase here at SXSW! He had the crowd focused and responding to his catchy hooks like his songs were already a billboard hit on the radio," expressed Twin Cities producer, rapper and friend Bobby Raps of Audio Perm who took part in DJ-ing Nazeem's debut set at SXSW.
Nazeem performs at the SXSW MN Hip Hop Showcase. (Video by D.Potts/T.Mortenson)
I am proudly looking forward to hearing more from my favorite new Minneapolis rapper and seeing his career as an artist and activist grow on stage as well as in the hip-hop community.
Party and Power to the People y'all! -M.I.
Be sure to check out Nazeem's music available athttp://fifthelementonline.com/products/nazeemthecoliseumepcd
and his latest release "January 1st" https://soundcloud.com/spencerjoles/january-1st-nazeem-prod
Maria Isa performs her song Jazzmine Love at Tisha Campbell's R&B showcase at North Hollywood's Xen Lounge. Following up the Grammy weekend last month, Isa had the opportunity to perform right before platnum singer-songwriter Anthony Hamilton and in front of diva-vocalist Faith Evans at the popular Studio City venue. Isa is currently working on her upcoming album Valley of the Dolls off SotaRico and In The Groove Records with production by Andrew Bergen, Bobby Raps and Truthmaze. Be on the look out for the first single Sabatoge to be released in March honoring Women's History Month.
Isa will be performing in Minneapolis this Friday February 28th at Aria at Jeune Lune 105 North First Street for the Heart of the Party presented by CD5 -DFL hosted by State Senator Bobby Joe Champion with special guest including Congressman Keith Ellison and Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges.
Film-maker and photographer Adam Stanzak recaps my showcase at the Los Angeles X Games' Ford Fiesta Stage. Stanzak highlights one of my best moments of 2013 for the SotaRico crew. This past August at the Staples Center I was able to present music off of my latest albums Latinization and The Latina Ritual Project in front of thousands attending the world-famous skateboard competition.
I am super excited for an amazing 2014 and more artistic collaborations between SotaRico, Villa Rosa and Adam Stanzak in Los Angeles. Shout out to So-Gnar, Street Factory, In The Groove, Brims and Tongues, Boricua Films, Young Mennace, Taylor Evans, Derek Potts, Adam, Kale and Fabio Rojas for making this memoriable opportunity possible. Thanks to all the fans and supporters of the Pa'lante Starter!
Be sure to check out more of Adam Stanzak's work at http://adamstanzak.tumblr.com
Happy New Years. Feliz 2014 mi gente!
MARIA ISA LIVE AT 2013 X GAMES LOS ANGELES
Ford Fiesta Stage
Music Acts presented by So Gnar.
Introduction Music Composed and Performed by Tambores Calientes.
Maria Isa Live Peformance of "Jazzmine Love" written by Maria Isa and produced by Mike the Martyr (BMI)
Last winter I was in the studio mastering my January release The Latina Ritual Project (SotaRico 2013). It was then where I teamed up with In The Groove Music to put together "Latinization" an Urban Latino, Pop Fusion album fit for a sexy, classy action packed joyride around the globe with production by Young Mennace and Andrew Bergen.
My birthday was May 1st...blame it on my momma why I love to celebrate what I like to call MARIA ISA MAY with the release of my new album collaboration with Urban/Pop producer and songwriter Young Mennace titled "LATINIZATION" itunes.apple.com/us/album/latinization/id642667569
with music off the album to be featured in this month's release of Fast and the Furious Xbox and PS3 Games.
Keep posted and hope ya digg it Twin Cities!
First Single and VIDEO off Latinization:
"Street Luv" by Villa Rosa (Maria Isa and Muja Messiah)
Directed by Kale Eickhof