EXCLUSIVE Interview: Hasan Salaam (@HasanSalaam) In The Hot Seat…

HASANSALAAM

Has­an Salaam has had a repu­ta­tion as an intel­lec­tu­al, polit­ic­al agit­at­or, rad­ic­al edu­cat­or and potent emcee for a long time now. More recently though, espe­cially fol­low­ing his latest and now open ven­ture into adult enter­tain­ment, he has become a lot more polar­ising. The dif­fer­ence now is that this latest divide may mostly be between those who have been on the sup­port­ive side of the divide his rebel­li­ous, anti-estab­lish­ment music had pre­vi­ously cre­ated. I Am Hip Hop spoke to the Viper Record label-mate of Immor­tal Tech­nique before his latest show in Lon­don, which was the night before a work­shop he ran on ‘The Art of Seduc­tion’ with his part­ner Jet Set­ting Jas­mine. In this in-depth inter­view, Has­an opens up about his child­hood, grow­ing up mixed-race in the USA, his father’s sub­stance abuse, his travels to Guinea-Bis­sau, his career in porn, seduction/fetish train­ing, sexu­al repression/liberation, fit­ness, the cur­rent polit­ic­al cli­mate and, of course, his music.

 

Has­an Salaam on travel, being mixed race & his dif­fi­cult child­hood 

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Has­an Salaam on his career in porn & sexu­al repression/liberation 

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Has­an Salaam on Trump, Walls & Mak­ing Change 

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Apex Zero

Apex Zero

Apex Zero is an emcee and beat maker who has been express­ing his anti-polit­ic­al views and extend­ing his work towards defin­ing, inspir­ing and cre­at­ing last­ing change through Hip Hop for over a dec­ade. Apex has been work­ing with grass­roots and mil­it­ant organ­isa­tions, edu­cat­ing him­self and oth­ers, organ­ising and build­ing towards over­turn­ing the oppress­ive mech­an­ism at large since his mid-teens, around the same time that he entered London’s under­ground Hip Hop scene as part of his crew, First and Last with his brother OMeza Omni­scient. Years of earn­ing respect and enhan­cing their repu­ta­tion, which lead to col­lab­or­a­tions and work­ing rela­tion­ships with many of the scenes most prom­in­ent artists and organ­isa­tions, mani­fes­ted in the Octo­ber 2013 release of Apex’s debut solo album ‘Real­ity Pro­vok­ing Lib­er­a­tion’. The 15 tracks of self-described ‘Neo-Hard­core Hip Hop’ gathered inter­na­tion­al acclaim from both fans and crit­ics, fur­ther enhan­cing Apex’s repu­ta­tion as one of the strongest and clearest voices in anti-polit­ic­al, ‘revolu­tion­ary’ Hip Hop in the UK. Based in Beijing, China since 2014, Apex has been trav­el­ling out­side of the UK, seek­ing new per­spect­ives and aim­ing at enhan­cing his out­look, explor­ing dif­fer­ent soci­et­ies, con­nect­ing with Hip Hop heads, act­iv­ists and schol­ars world­wide. Like his music, his writ­ing is often an exten­sion of his ideas and efforts to effect change in the world whil­st enhan­cing and elev­at­ing both the cul­ture of Hip Hop and the people who embody it.

About Apex Zero

Apex Zero
Apex Zero is an emcee and beat maker who has been expressing his anti-political views and extending his work towards defining, inspiring and creating lasting change through Hip Hop for over a decade. Apex has been working with grassroots and militant organisations, educating himself and others, organising and building towards overturning the oppressive mechanism at large since his mid-teens, around the same time that he entered London’s underground Hip Hop scene as part of his crew, First and Last with his brother OMeza Omniscient. Years of earning respect and enhancing their reputation, which lead to collaborations and working relationships with many of the scenes most prominent artists and organisations, manifested in the October 2013 release of Apex’s debut solo album ‘Reality Provoking Liberation’. The 15 tracks of self-described ‘Neo-Hardcore Hip Hop’ gathered international acclaim from both fans and critics, further enhancing Apex’s reputation as one of the strongest and clearest voices in anti-political, ‘revolutionary’ Hip Hop in the UK. Based in Beijing, China since 2014, Apex has been travelling outside of the UK, seeking new perspectives and aiming at enhancing his outlook, exploring different societies, connecting with Hip Hop heads, activists and scholars worldwide. Like his music, his writing is often an extension of his ideas and efforts to effect change in the world whilst enhancing and elevating both the culture of Hip Hop and the people who embody it.