When Khalil, also known as Antalyzah, (pronounced Analyzer) was first exposed to hip-hop in the mid 80's, he never imagined that he would be a major influential part of the movement. Antahlyzah's history in hip-hop started while serving in the military overseas in Okinawa, Japan. "While on duty, a group of soldier's came together and formed a Hip-Hop group called "The Castwayz." We released an album titled "The Arrival." We distributed many copies of it overseas but we could never fully commit to any contracts due to our enlistment status." Today the emcee is nearing the completion of his fifth album, and first solo project entitled, "Forensic Eyes." The album is due to be released later this summer.
The "Forensic Eyes" CD consists of 13 tracks, includes songs such as "Applaud the Cause," which is about paying homage to one's ancestors, and the title track, "Forensic Eyes," about taking an introspective view into one's life. Antalyzah's mission in music is to push the envelope and break down barriers set by the standards hip hop follows, drawing from a range of influences that he incorporates within his music. Antalyzah states, "Conscious hip hop focuses on social issues. It differs from political hip hop in that it is not necessarily overtly political, but still focuses on social issues and conflicts." The main themes of conscious hip hop includes spirituality, economic empowerment, and aversion to violence. Similar to Grandmaster Flash's (The Message) who was the first political and conscious hip hop track, decrying the poverty, violence, and dead-end lives of the Black youth of the time.
Antalyzah aspires to change the fact that the audience for conscious rap is largely underground and that "Conscious hip hop artists have not attained the same level of commercial success as mainstream hip-hop." He works continuously to be a catalyst for change. Antalyzah states "I don't care what I have to do to get my message out there people will hear it "loud and clear." Like he states in one of his verses, "I can really care less about a crowd applauding me/ cause the message and holy lessons will pierce hearts audibly."
He has done just that. Selling over 5,000 copies of his last album at concerts, festivals, and nightclubs, he plans to triple that for this album. The group Forensic Abolitionist have completed a video entitled "What Happened to the Kulture" and posted it on the web; it's very inspiring and many people have been touched by this piece of performance art.
Antahlyzah, is currently collaborating the opening of a spiritual center in the Inland Empire with Anthony Prior, author of "The Slave Side of Sunday." He also invites everyone to "Building Blocks" located in San Bernardino on Sunday night's where his long time friend Dj Ad-seg spins positive Hip-Hop in a peaceful environment. In addition he is working with local artist, Derrick Dzine, on Palletry, a re-enactment of Dzine's artwork onstage.
For more information on Forensic Eyes, or to arrange an interview with Antalyzah, please contact him via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or http://profile.myspace.com/forensicabolitionist
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