National Poetry Month Celebration
Uptown Hunter is a rapper and writer born and raised in Northwest Washington, DC. His passion for music sparked at a young age when the late Notorious B.I.G and Tupac Shakur were at the prime of their careers. Inspired by these two rap heavy weights, Uptown Hunter works hard to display a versatile form of word play that does not go unrecognized. He established his music career in 2006 at the historical Takoma Station Tavern where his community, a tough crowd to please, embraced him with open arms. After completing his first album Time for a Change in February 2011Uptown Hunter has graced the stage at Time Square Arts Center, Hard Rock Café, and various community organizations citywide. In 2013, he released Self Promotion Vol. 3. Currently, Uptown Hunter is working on an anti-bully campaign.
Where do you draw your inspiration from to write poetry?
I get inspiration from listening to R & B/ Hip Hop like Biggie and Tupac, life experiences, and lessons I’ve learned.
What advice do you have for someone that is threatened by poetry?
Poetry is a powerful form of expression. Poetry is the truth and some people are scared and threatened by the truth. But when you add melody to the truth, people can accept it easier. The truth becomes less threatening.
What is an interesting fact about you?
I have a hearing loss. Since I was a child, I was told that I would have difficulty completing school and playing basketball. I beat all the academic odds placed against me. Plus, I played basketball. What everyone said I could not do, I did and excelled. The same with my music. In the world, it makes no sense for someone with a hearing loss to make music. But, anything and everything is possible when you put your mind to it.
Where are you from/Where do you live?
Born and raised in Washington D.C. in North West (Uptown)
Who is your favorite poet?
Tupac Shakur. He motivates me to use my words and inspire others.