Many artists crave the spotlight, but few know what to do with it. In 2004, Hasan Salaam separated himself from the music industry's status quo. The Jersey-bred MC was voted the winner of FUSE TV's "Hip Hop President" contest. With the victory, came the opportunity to perform live for millions of viewers during the popular show "The Daily Download". Hasan took to the stage, and decided right then, to draw a line in the sand.
"Our elected officials aren't concerned with real issues/
Their votes are controlled by the dollars of lobbyists/
Backed by corporations and worldwide conglomerates/
Pushing propaganda through the columns of news columnists/
Every single station reports with a bias/
Getting paid less for the facts, then they do for their silence/"
The producers dropped their clipboards. The studio audience cheered.
Hasan's weapon has always been "the Truth." His ability to wield it with uncompromising precision has catapulted him in to a global hip hop phenomenon. Hasan Salaam has accomplished more as an independent artist than many acts on a major label. He's performed live on national TV stations such as NBC, FUSE, CSPAN, and PBS. His music videos have caught the eyes of program directors and, as result, have been played by MTV UK, FUSE, Music Choice, and Video Music Box.
Hasan's music paints vivid pictures of the commonalities that bind us: struggle, love, and pain. It's this ability, to touch people at their core, which has garnered Hasan a loyal fan base all over the world. He is the winner of 2 Underground Music Awards, and his following has generated over a million plays on Myspace and Youtube alone. He's been featured in numerous major media publications such as The Source Magazine (twice), The Village Voice, and The Washington Post. Nearly every hip hop site on the Internet has, at some point, done a feature on Hasan Salaam.
In addition to his musical successes, Hasan has remained dedicated to his work in the community. He continues to work with troubled youth, and helps run a monthly food and clothing drive in Jersey City, N.J. Hasan has taught “The Socio-Political Importance of Black Music in American Society”, a self created lecture, at universities across the country. He also speaks regularly at conferences and discussion panels, to help bring awareness to vital social issues.
Poised to keep the momentum going, Hasan is currently working on his most anticipated project to date, entitled "Life in Black and White". It is scheduled to be released in late 2011. Hasan Salaam has come a long way in a short time. However, his goal remains the same, "to be a voice for the voiceless."