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Inspire Oakland : Hieroglyphics : Kev Choice : Trackademicks : Oakland Digital

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Published on Apr 19, 2012

http://www.oaklanddigital.org/donate - Casual (Hieroglyphics), Kev Choice & Trackademicks were guest judges for the 2012 Inspire Oakland campaign presented by Oakland Digital (ODALC).

Jon Owens (born December 19, 1975), known by his stage name Casual, is an American rapper from Oakland, California and one of the founding members of the alternative hip hop collective Hieroglyphics. After his debut album Fear Itself garnered both critical and commercial success, Casual went on to become one of the most prominent and recognizable faces on the Hieroglyphics roster, releasing five full-length LPs over the span of his twelve year career. Owens has garnered a following amongst devoted hip hop fans, particarularly in the Bay Area hip hop scene, largely due to his specialization in hardcore battle rhymes.

Pianist/M.C./Producer/Band-Director, Kev Choice is a multi-faceted artist poised to take the music world to dimensions it has never before seen. Never before has an artist grounded in the Hip-Hop tradition, had this type of musical prowess. Classically and jazz trained, schooled in the classic era of Hip-Hop, and influenced by genres from all over the globe, Kev Choice is a unique artist with the capabilities to blend musical elements in a convincing manner.

Trackademicks was born in Alameda, California, to a Filipino father and African American mother. He began playing the saxophone in fourth grade and continued throughout high school. During high school, he joined Youth Radio where he met the founding members of the Honor Roll. Trackademicks began making music while attending the University of San Francisco. After graduating, he began to work with Mistah F.A.B., whom he produced six songs for on the rapper's sophomore release, Son Of A Pimp, released in May 2005. In 2006 he produced an unofficial remix of "Tell Me When To Go" by Bay Area rapper E-40, garnering widespread popularity.

Video filmed & produced by Shaun Tai for SHAUN TAI Films / Oakland Digital (ODALC).

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