There are as many definitions of hip-hop as there are practitioners. Optimus Prime has given his definition a lot of thought.
"Hip-hop," he says, "is a allegorical representation of life experience that has been intrinsically exemplified through music."
And he sees himself much as the Autobot commander from whom he took his name; as a soldier/leader, helping others to see the true nature of the form. The emcee and beatboxer releases his "Valley Madness EP" Feb. 22 with a house show at the Love the Captive Loft, 1830 Van Ness. Show starts at 10 p.m. and tickets are $5 at the door.
The basics: Optimus Prime, real name Lejon Brooks; hip-hop emcee/beatboxer for the past 18 years
Other affiliations: Alphaforce, a hip-hop duo with Fresno emcee Knodaledge and producer K. Pizzle.
Release: "Valley Madness EP," available at www.optimusprime559.bandcamp.com
Find out more: Search O. Prime on Facebook, or follow @OPrime559 on Twitter.
For more information on Optimus Prime and the "Valley Madness EP," watch the full video interview, including footage of his beatboxing, at fresnobee.com/aysk
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