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Shining Soul: ‘Hip-Hop Is Resistance’

Instructions: Mix one dash Black Star influence with a dollop of injustice; throw in a handful of pride and culture, steam for five minutes then blend one serving Liaizon and a helping of Bronze Candidate in a large pot filled with passion. Cook until hip-hop is born.

The Shining Soul recipe began brewing in 2004 when Alex Soto, Liaizon, met Franco Habre, Bronze Candidate, in a music class at Phoenix College. The duo bonded over their mutual love of and respect for classic hip-hop and decided to join forces.

In the mid-2000s, they released their first EP Minimal Means, A Whole Lot. Since then, the duo has performed all over the valley, gaining respect from their peers in the hip-hop community.

In 2007, the Beat-Making Workshop was created as a way to empower youth, “while showing that hip-hop can be a form of resistance against the constant attacks our communities face, and can also be a vehicle to promote the beauty in life.”

The phrase “Hip-Hop is Resistance” has fueled their movement against the injustice and the challenges frequently faced in their respective communities– border militarization, the criminalization of people of color, police brutality and the desecration of sacred places.

Earlier this year, Shining Soul released their first full-length album, We Got This, which is available for purchase at local record stores Stinkweeds and Revolver and can be streamed via Bandcamp and ReverbNation.

Through their youth projects and lyrical messages, Shining Soul hopes to inspire others to think critically about the world they live in.

“…This is why we are resisting. That is why we fight. So we can be who we are. OUR existence is OUR resistance.”


WHO: Shining Soul with Darrell D, 6X with Kim E Fresh, DJ Pupalactea,

WHAT: Hip-hop showcase, live beat set by Bronze Candidate

WHERE: The Lost Leaf, 914 N 5th St

WHEN: Wednesday, Nov. 30, 9 P.M.


For more information, visit the Facebook event page.
*This event is 21+.


WHAT: The Rise Project: “Rise & Shine” a fundraiser and celebration of achievements

WHERE: Civic Space Park, 424 N Central Ave

WHEN: First Friday, Dec. 2, 7 P.M. to 10 P.M.


For more information, including a full list of performers and organizations involved, visit the Facebook event page.

*This event is all ages.


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