Shamako Noble
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Hip-Hop artist Shamako Noble began early in his career as an MC, organizing fellow performers to spawn social change. His efforts resulted in the formation of Hip-Hop Congress, with chapters on campuses across the United States and Europe. The organization aims to raise awareness about the social issues faced by the hip-hop generation. They meet every year and serve as a clearinghouse for social justice and equality.

Hip-Hop Congress has developed an Awareness Festival and programs to engage the community, including canned-food drives, literacy programs and beach cleanups. It also has sponsored academic discussions and hip-hop shows to educate people on the cultureís four creative elements: b-boying/break dancing, graffiti art, emceeing/rapping and music/deejaying.

Described as the ďKevin Bacon of San Jose hip-hop,Ē Noble is six degrees of separation, or fewer, from the brightest lights in the San Francisco Bay Area underground scene, which boasts more hip-hop artists than any other place in the country and the largest number of independent artists in the world. His new album, The Return of the Coming of the Aftermath, stretches from eclectic beats to organic rhythms over his political and social commentaries.

Noble came from a Fremont, California home filled with music, including his motherís taste for political poet Gil Scott-Heron, his brotherís love of East Coast rappers and his sisterís allegiance to boy-band New Kids on the Block. While attending Lincoln High School, he and other students started rhyming circles and created a hip-hop club, the beginnings of his passion for hip-hop as a community-building force.