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There are two tales of the Delaware-born, Philly-honed producer/MC known as Hezekiah. For critics like OkayPlayer and Pitchfork, Hezekiah has been for the last seven years a beloved underground darling of progressive hip-hop, one well known for his soul-searching lyricism and panoramic hip-hop soul productions for artists like Bilal, Bahamadia, Zap Mama, Musiq Soulchild, Eric Roberson and Jaguar Wright.
For artists, Hezekiah the MC is a cautionary tale of greatness hampered by unforeseen label woes on both the debut of his 2005 cult classic, Hurry Up and Wait (SoulSpazm), and I Predict A Riot (Rawkus), named by as one of their favorite “Hip-Hop Albums of 2007.” With the summer 2010 birth of his third Godchild, Conscious Porn, Hezekiah explores new sounds and expands new boundaries in hip-hop. Crossing street hip hop with conscious hip hop with a mosaic thump, this album features artists such as, Talib Kweli, Peedi Crakk, Raheem Devougon, Bahamadia, Cody ChestnuTT and more.

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Video 4/13/2014: Target Family Night: One Mic Creative Ecosystem Presents A Hip-Hop Fusion Drum Call

The Drum Call showcases the international roots of hip-hop music, from the traditional drum to contemporary electronic rhythm machines, via collaborations and solo creations from drummer Kiran Gandhi (M.I.A., Thievery Corporation), all-female percussion group Batala, and noted beatmakers Asma Maroof, Hezekiah, and Arsonal. Part of One Mic: Hip-Hop Culture Worldwide.