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Portrait of Hasan Salaam

Hasan Salaam

About Hasan Salaam

Jersey City, NJ

In 2004 an artist from New Jersey emerged amidst the gun-clappers and body-baggers of the current climate of hip-hop to become a staple for the diversity still present within our culture. With the release of his debut album Paradise Lost, Hasan Salaam garnered heavy attention for his poetically charged tales of unabridged truth, guiding his pen through an array of personal, political, and historical subjects.
Many people make comparisons as to who Hasan may sound like, voice or topics, but the passion that he projects through every line that he delivers is unparalleled.
“Just in case you didn’t know, this is X’s and O’s/ I put my life into the pen and pad, booth in the show.” – Insomniac
The dedication he put into Paradise Lost earned him two awards at the 3rd Underground Music Awards in August of 2005, imprinting a successful debut to the hip hop world. “Blaxploitation” won for Song of the Year and his raw energy and stage presence earned him Performance of the Year.
Shortly after the release of Paradise Lost he released a mixtape album entitled Tales of the Lost Tribe: Hidden Jewels, feeding his fans with another dose of reality music filled with street knowledge and imagery. As a result of his following, Hasan has been blessed with many opportunities to travel and perform his music at venues around the country and beyond.
This past year he was apart of a four date tour of the U.K. and in the fall was invited by artist Akir to perform 12 cities on Redman’s Red Gone Wild Tour which exposed Hasan to fans in Omaha, Nebraska, Aspen, Colorado, and Chicago, Illinois to name a few.
Although the microphone is Hasan’s premier weapon of influence, it isn’t his only platform to speak to the people.
At P.S. 41 in Jersey City, New Jersey, Hasan developed and implemented a curriculum with the purpose of teaching chess and exploring creative writing techniques. Students in his class were also granted the opportunity to experience the process of music production and engineering at two different studios.
When asked about his role within the community the humble emcee replied, “I wanted to help the kids stay in school and have kids interested in learning. Because if you don’t recognize the power that you have (as a musician) you’re a fool and if you deny the power that you have you’re a fool.”
“Cause nowadays kids grow up so fast/ my advice slow down before your whole life pass” – Fountain Of Youth
At the Essex County Youth House in Newark, New Jersey, Hasan was also involved in workshops that taught young brothers about the music business, song structure, history and politics. His involvement with the community is not only with the youth but with the adult population as well. At Eastern NY Correctional Facility in Napanoch, NY, he has performed his craft for many of the inmates in addition to working with organizers to boycott MCI due to the unfair rates they charged prisoners for collect calls.
With a heart of passion fueled by the love for family, unity, religion, and music, Hasan Salaam will be pouring it all out on his projects for this upcoming year. The yet to be titled prelude to his sophomore effort Life in Black and White will serve as a mere sedative for the fans itching to hear more of his lyrical prowess, yet fulfilling every expectation of excellence.
**Hasan Salaam has performed all over the East Coast including nationally aired performances on NBC's "Showtime at the Apollo", FUSE TV's "Digital Downloads", MUN2 TV's "The Roof", Music Plus TV, and at the Anti-War Rally March on C-SPAN.

Places Hasan Has Performed:

Rock Against Racism SUNY New Paltz NY
We The People Music Festival W.L.C.A.C. Grounds Watts LA, California
Unity Festival Virginia
Happy Natural Day Richmond, VA
Hip Hop Festival @ Lyceum Brooklyn, NY
Islam Awareness Week @ Rutgers New Brunswick
Zulu Nation Anniversary @ The Kennedy Community Center (harlem)
Nation of Gods & Earths Family Day in Victory Allah Virginia
The Hip-Hop Political Convention (Newark, NJ)
Anti War Rally in Central Park
Anti War Rally in Washington, DC
Eyes Wide Open Hip Hop Festival (Montreal)

United Kingdom
Posk Center (London)
Play Room(formerly the 10 Room) (London)
The Penthouse (London)
Royal Suite (Perry Bar, Birmingham)
Royal Grammar School (High Wycome)

L'Alize (Montreal, QC )
Cafe Chaos (Montreal, QC )
Pages Cafe (Montreal, QC )

Red Gone Wild Tour
The Blind Pig (Ann Arbor, Michigan)
The Abbey (Chicago, Illinois)
Bluebird Nightclub (Bloomington, Indiana)
Fox Theater (Boulder, Colorado)
Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom (Denver, Colorado)
Belly Up (Aspen, Colorado)
Harry O's (Park City, Utah)
Stoney's (Reno, Nevada)
Neumo's (Seattle, Washington)

Club Chaos (Los Angeles, California)
Crimson Spot (Los Angeles, California)
Grandstar (Los Angeles, California)
Da Poetry Lounge (Los Angeles, California)
MusicPlusTV (Los Angeles, California)
Plush Cafe (Fullerton, California)
The Historic Sweets Ballroom (Oakland, California)
Black New World (Oakland, California)
Legend Night Club (Temple Hill's, Maryland)
The Note (Chicago, Illinois)
The Spoken Word Cafe (Chicago, Illinois)
The 930 Club (Washington, DC)
Washington Hilton Hotel (Washington, DC)
Tropical Soul Lounge (Richmond, Virginia)
Relative Theory Records (Norfolk, Virginia)
Holiday Inn Executive Center (Virginia Beach, Virginia)
The Western Front (Boston, Massachusetts)
Massive Records (Boston, Massachusetts)
Neumo’s (Seattle, Washington)

New Jersey Venues

The Gallery (Jersey City)
Comfort Bistro (Jersey City)
Ruthies (Jersey City)
Rascals (Jersey City)
Mexicali Blues (Teaneck)
The Vynal Room (Newark)
Flavas Restaurant (Newark)
Axiom Studios (Newark)
The Luna Stage (Montclair)
8 Park Underground (Montclair)
Court Tavern (New Brunswick)
Masjid Muhammad (Atlantic City)

New York City Venues

The Apollo Theater (Harlem)
MLK Auditorium 1199 (Manhattan)
Blackstar Video (Harlem)
The Sugar Shack (Harlem)
The City Nightclub (Manhattan)
Joe's Pub(Manhattan)
SOB's (Manhattan)
CBGB's (Manhattan)
The Groove Cafe (Manhattan)
Sin-E (Manhattan)
Bar 13 (Manhattan)
Wild Spirits (Manhattan)
Pianos (Manhattan)
Southpaw (BrooKlyn)
The Point (BrooKlyn)
Solomon's Porch Cafe (BrooKlyn)
Triple Crown (BrooKlyn)
The Lab (BrooKlyn)
Ambiance Nightclub (Queens)
The 7 Cafe (Queens)
South Bronx Elementary School (BronX)
The Highline Ballroom (Manhattan)

Universities & Colleges

New Jersey City University
Rutgers Newark
Rutgers New Brunswick
Medger Evers College
Montclair State University
University of Illinois Chicago
University of Illinois Champagne
Manhattanville College
Suny New Paltz
Bronx Community College
Hunter College
Saint Peters University
The New School University
Howard University
Spellman College
Trinity College
University College Toronto George Campus
Fordham University
Bergen Community College
New York University
Lehman College
University Of California-Berkley
Clark university
Morgan State University
University of Maryland

Artist Hasan Has Opened For:

Jaguar Wright
Lord Jamar
Sadat X
Smiff n Wesson
Styles P
Busta Rhymes
Slick Rick
Afrika Bambataa
Curtis Blow
Talib Kweli
Dead Prez
Naughty by Nature
Black Moon
Kool Herc
Busta Rhymes
Immortal Technique
Da Circle
Kidz in the Hall
Grandmaster Caz
Pharoahe Monch
Digital Underground


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