PROCLAIM is a Hip Hop music artist born and raised in East Los Angeles, California. In his early teen years he became involved in the Chicano gang culture that has plagued East L.A. for many generations. As a result, he eventually ended up having a short incarceration in the juvenile hall system, which led to a year and half long rehabilitation process at the Marine Military Academy in Harlingen, Texas. While there, he was able to transcend his gang mentality through a newly found passion for knowledge. This passion has led him to complete two bachelor’s degrees in psychology and philosophy at the California State University, Fullerton.
Even though he had listened to mostly West Coast rap his whole life with strong a influence from Tupac Shakur, it was during his time at CSUF that he discovered the conscious more positive side of Hip Hop music rooted in the East Coast underground tradition. Being exposed to this motivated him to start writing his own verses, producing his own beats, and eventually to record his debut album “Question Everything” released in 2006. His studies in philosophy and psychology had a big impact on the album and continue to influence his music to this day.
After “Question Everything“, he became deeply interested in politics due to the pro-longed Iraq war and the continuous deceptions of the Bush administration, which inspired him to record his 2nd album titled “Necessary Dissent” released in 2008.
In addition to his music, PROCLAIM has worked in the mental health and social service field for the past 7 years. In 2010, he graduated from the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco with a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology. It was during his last year of graduate school that he began recording his latest album titled “Free Associations”. Continuing in his passion for knowledge and desire to struggle with certain philosophical questions, PROCLAIM moved to the United Kingdom to pursue a master’s degree in philosophy at the University of Liverpool where he resided during his course.
He has now returned to Cali and is working as a Psychotherapist. He also represents the AIM Clika on the West Coast with his fellow AIM Cali soldados for justice. Moreover he has the honor of being the first ever MC to be selected for The AIM Raptivist Collective by AIM President AK47. He has recently released the album “Free Associations.” You can find alll his music available at all good online music stores. PROCLAIM is the emcee that brings Hip Hop and Philosophy together with outstanding results.
Question Everything (2006)
Necessary Dissent (2008)
Free Associations (2011)
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