I am Birthright X or as I’ve called just (X). I'm visual lyricist, and recording artist born in Chicago, Illinois and moved to Los Angeles, California at the age of eight years old. I am no stranger to the Hip-Hop circuit or life curve balls.
I am versatile artist in my form and have spread my unique sound and style from Los Angeles to New Jersey. I have resided in Portland Oregon since 1998. Do not let me fool you. I haven't always been able to stand on my own with modesty, yet I am also seen as a profound writer for several published poetry books, featured recordings, videos, film credits and international and national art designs under my belt.
I think I became bold in love when I was set free. Some of my credits YhWH have blessed me with include; The Re-birth of X CD 2008, The Backlash Mix Tape 2008, Puppet Master Video 2008, The Gifted Video 2008, ‘Salvation Struggles’ Poetry Book 2007, featured film role in Turn off Channel Zero with Professor Griff of Public Enemy and more. I have designed the book covers for, What Else Did You Think I’d Say (2007) and I Woke Up and Put My Crown On: The Project of 76 voices (2005)Both books, authored by Rochell D “Ro Deezy” Hart-Burton are available internationally from Publish America, (Baltimore, MD).
My poem the Last of a Dying Breed appears in Portland Community College’s Pointed Circle 2007. By YHWH's grace I received the Famous Poets Award twice from the Poetry Society in 2005 and 2007. I am not only an entertainer but also an educator who has taught a Poetry and Hip-Hop Curriculum throughout the Portland School District and co-led a Black Feminism lecture at Portland State University.
Yet not until later years in life did I go back to school for my High School GED in 2003, then onto college. I've been awarded the Shakespeare Trophy of Excellence twice from the Poetry Society of America for his poems Innocents and Innocent Thoughts 2007/2006.
My song The Callin was remixed by the World Famous DJ O G One and featured on ‘The Say it Loud Mixtape with Kanye West. If you want to glance into my life read my poem, A Seed which appears in ‘Illuminations’ 2006 with other writers such as South Africa, global leader Desmond Tutu and Afghanistan, political and women’s rights activist Fatima Gailani. I have been featured on Silas Clark’s (War BeBe) Tears of Ink CD, and in Clark’s videos New Jerusalem, Mista No Body, Listen Up and Assembly Required in 2006. I believe in prayer.
My painting Prayer by Color was featured internationally on ‘X magazine issue 7’ 2004 based in London, England which has featured artists as Maya Angelou, Sonya Sanchez and Nikki Giovanni. In 2004, Great Poems of the Western World awarded me for his poem Innocent Thought. My paintings and visual art has been showcased at Boarder’s Bookstore, Reflections Bookstore, NW Portland Boutiques and many other places. I have opened up for B.B. Jay in 2003. In 2001 I was one of four members of Portland’s first all Black National Poetry Slam Team which traveled to Seattle, WA for the 12th Annual competition which originated in Chicago, IL.
Once a member of a Christian Hip-hop Group Bruthaz Grimm where my lyricism has also featured on two CD’s, Letter to the Bruthaz in 1999 and He’s Coming in 1998. By far YHWH isn't finished with me and I am a force to be recognized.
I've been blessed with an unique voice and I've used it in narrating a short film by Happy Trails Animation called Wild Fire in 1994. I will continue to invest my time, life and resources to create positive media in order to provoke thought.
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