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Olmeca Bio

Olmeca is a Hip-Hop artist/scholar/activist. His work has been featured on CNN Latino, ABC, Fox, NPR, URB Magazine, and television series, “Sons of Anarchy.” He has collaborated with Grammy winners including Taboo of Black Eyed Peas, Ozomatli, Maldita Vecindad and shared the stage with KRS-One, Jenni Rivera, Dilated Peoples, Julieta Venegas, among others. He is one of very few artists that can coexist in various genres without compromising artistry or conviction.

"Away from bling bling, sexism and aspirational materialism Olmeca's participation earned him the recognition of NPR’s Alt.Latino as one of this year’s musical discoveries." - AL DIA NEWS (Philadelphia)

Olmeca's unique talent in both English and Spanish is one that he has brilliantly mastered. A veteran of the L.A. hip-hop scene, Olmeca helped spawn a new trend of bilingual music that celebrates the Latin American diaspora in the United States. While everyday people and activists respect Olmeca’s lyrical content, music connoisseurs value the production, and educators utilize Olmeca’s music in their classrooms to provide a counter narrative.

“Olmeca breaks barriers with good music and a good message. While music enthusiasts and hip-hop lovers alike value the production quality, beats and flawless bilingual lyrical delivery!” –KESTA HAPPENING (Washington, DC)

His unique experiences and work outside of the stage have been an example for motivation and reflection. Olmeca graduated from CSULA with a degree in Philosophy (Ethics and Politics). He has a long history in the immigrant rights movement supporting local groups throughout the U.S. and helping national campaigns to stop deportations. His work around community consciousness focusing on U.S. Latinx identity has been a point of reflection for many universities, and organizing spaces. He has also worked with an international network to support Indigenous Rights and Culture in Mexico focusing on the preservation of traditions and autonomy. He has been a keynote speaker in universities and conferences throughout the U.S. Canada and London and has presented alongside Zack de la Rocha of Rage Against the Machine, civil rights dignitary Dolores Huerta, as well as, notable journalist Naomi Klein.

"When he takes the mic, he carries a baton handed off in the proudest tradition of Woodie Guthrie, Gil Scott Heron and John Coltrane, and he answers Paolo Freire's call for praxis: 'reflection and action upon the world in order to transform it.'” -National Day Labor Organizing Network (NDLON)

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  •   1994 Zapata, The World

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This is what the world is saying about Olmeca...
Olmeca is providing an example of how musicians and artists effectively use their gifts … to be a voice for their communities. Post-Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On,” Olmeca is one of just a small few in this generation … that choose to be involved and take a stand…

URB Magazine

The hard-working MC/Producer just dropped a new video on us.“Por El Suelo” further champions Brown Is Beautiful (also the title of his most recent album) with a dance routine by Bolivian dance troupe Tinkus Wapurys Tiatoco, while Olmeca raps about Latin American unity.

Remezcla

Con su lírica incisiva, su plática sincera… Logró compartir el escenario y estar cerca de figuras relevantes de la cultura urbana y de la música latina destacándose como uno de los MCs bilingües de mayor respeto... sus improvisaciones, sus arreglos y sus atrevimientos sonoros han quedado registrados

Al Borde Magazine

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