Few artists in the hip hop landscape have the emotional depth, versatility, and force of intellect that reside within the mind of New Jersey-bred MC Hasan Salaam. Dividing his time during his childhood to be raised by his mother in Teaneck, his father in Jersey City, and his grandmother in Camden, Hasan noticed at an early age the wide-ranging disparity that afflicted the inner city and predominantly black and brown neighborhoods. As an artist, Hasan declared that he would become a voice for the voiceless, and through his poetry and his community activism has worked to educate and uplift his people through the undeniable power and influence of hip hop music and culture. An independent artist, Hasan has achieved a level of international reverence and acclaim that is rarely afforded even the most illuminant of mainstream performers. His tireless work with underprivileged youth and his contributions to activist causes both domestically and abroad underline his genuine commitment to furthering the cause for social and economic justice. As an MC, Hasan channels the spiritual and delivers with a guttural, driving, and rapid-fire style that simultaneously provokes and enlightens; his penchant for storytelling and detail are nearly unmatched among performers in today’s hip hop arena. For the pilot episode of "Word!" Television, Hasan sat down with Urban Media TV's Lissette Izaguirre to discuss his recent trip to Africa, his commitment to his community, and his future releases, both as a solo artist and as a member of Mohammad Dangerfield, his duo project with fellow MC Rugged 'N' Raw. Then, with the help of DJ Dyllemma and Ari Why, he proceeded to grace the studio with two fiery music performances. Watch and be enlightened.

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