VOCAB MALONE has been a full-time hip hop artist since 1999. His specialty on stage is getting the crowd involved in a fun way. His specialty off stage is teaching Biblical theology and history. In fact, he regularly contributes articles to backpackapologetics.com. VOCAB has recorded several professional albums, all of which employ his trademark energetic Old School-influenced style.
THE WORLD's FIRST HOLY HIP HOPERA
When asked about his favorite creative endeavor, he quickly says, "THE ONE", a hip hop opera he acted in and co-wrote . VOCAB and the 70-member cast performed this production at the historical Herberger Theater and in Veteran's Coliseum at the Arizona State Fair. Audiences all over agree that THE ONE is a life-changing work. View clips from the show at theonemusical.com.
SPOKEN WORD / SLAM POET
Another avenue VOCAB pursues is spoken word poetry. In 2002, he went to the PSI Nationals. He has recited his pieces in coffee houses and art galleries throughout the U.S. These experiences have enabled him to engage a variety of audiences, from college campuses to local libraries. He's also used poetry to help support the Arizona Right to Life movement.
URBAN ARTS & THE INNER CITY
Even though VOCAB's music is somewhat light-hearted, he has a burning concern for the streets. VOCAB has ministered in many juvenile penitentiaries and low-income neighborhoods. He can often be found freeestyling on a downtown corner as part of an outreach supported by URBAN ARTISTS UNITED [UAU]. UAU received the award for BEST CHRISTIAN HIP HOP ARTISTS by THE PHOENIX NEW TIMES in 2006.
OTHER VARIOUS CREDITS
On a different note, Vocab has worked as a host for the syndicated Radio U, KXEG 1280 in Phoenix, and several internet radio stations. As an artist, he has collaborated with John Reuben, Vex Da Vortex (Boogiemonsters), Red Cloud, Pigeon John, and DJ Manwell (Grits). He has shared the stage with KJ 52, Five Iron Frenzy, T-Bone, Anticon, Paul Wright, Cross Movement, and Natalie Grant.
"I want to be the type of artist who encourages people instead of discouraging them. This involves a lot of breaking down of negative stereotypes. Hip hop is a vehicle for personal expression but it's also a platform to share The Truth." 'Nuff said!
RANDOM STATS & FACTS
Full Name: John-Mark Rieser
Ethnicity: German / Italian
Family: Married with one child
Birthplace: Columbus, Ohio
Residence: Phoenix, Arizona