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Greydon Square at the Great American God-Out in Manhattan, November 15, 2007.
|Birth name||Eddie Collins|
|Also known as||Apocalypse
The Black Carl Sagan
|Born||September 28, 1981|
|Origin||Compton, California, USA|
|Genres||Underground hip hop, alternative hip hop|
|Occupations||Songwriter, Audio Engineer, Composer, Concept Designer|
|Years active||2004 – present|
|Associated acts||Canibus, Shelley Segal, Traumah, Tombstone da Deadman, Adil Omar,|
Greydon Square (born Eddie Collins on September 28, 1981) is an American rapper. He is an Iraq War veteran and an outspoken atheist who promotes discussion on philosophical issues, as well as having studied physics full-time before moving on to study computer science.
Collins grew up in Compton, where he was raised as an orphan and became immersed in gang culture. In May 2001, he enlisted in the United States Army and served in the Iraq War in 2004. After his discharge, Collins began attending college in Phoenix, Arizona as a physics major.
While in college, Collins began questioning his religious beliefs and eventually became an atheist, posting videos on YouTube. He has appeared in several television documentaries[dead link] and radio shows.
Collins has been expressing himself through rap under his stage name of Greydon Square since 2004. Among his influences are Phil Collins, DJ Quik, Dr. Dre, Quincy Jones, Stanley Clarke, Cedric Williams, and The Bee Gees. His first album, Absolute, was released in 2004 and is no longer available. His follow-up album The Compton Effect, was released in 2007 after much delay. After being approached by several independent record labels and one major one, Collins created his own company to distribute the record. In 2008, he released his second album The CPT Theorem. The titles of these two albums are references to the city of Compton (also called CPT) where he grew up, and to the Compton effect and the CPT Theorem from physics, which he studies. His music deals with philosophical issues (particularly with regard to atheism and science), political issues, the war in Iraq and his experiences as a soldier who had to fight in this war, and his childhood which he had to spend in group homes.
He is a member of the international secular hip-hop activist movement The Anti-Injustice Movement (aka AIM Clika) and runs his own organization Grand Unified Theory, which uses creativity to educate people about science and rational thinking.
In 2010 he announced the release of his third studio album, The Kardashev Scale, along with an EP titled Serpents of Eden in collaboration with Adil Omar. The song titled "War Porn" from that album was performed in collaboration with hip-hop artist Canibus. He is also a guest on Omar's debut solo album The Mushroom Cloud Effect alongside Kool G Rap on a song titled "Summertime".
|The Compton Effect
|The C.P.T. Theorem
|Type I: The Kardashev Scale
|Type II : The Mandelbrot Set
|Omniverse : Type 3 : Aum niverse
|Ryuken Vs (with C Gats)
- Cizmar, Martin (2009) ""Rapper Greydon Square Is an Atheist Icon". Phoenix New Times. April 30, 2009, Retrieved 2011-01-25
- CBC (October 5, 2007) "Documentary about atheism, aired on CBC's The National". YouTube. Greydon Square's segment at 4:30 - 6:44[dead link]
- CBC (October 5, 2007) "Documentary about atheism, aired on CBC's The National". Greydon Square's segment at 2:51 - 4:32
- Piel, Chris (February 27, 2011). "Canibus at Club Red Last Night". Phoenix New Times.
- http://angryatheist.net/2010/01/05/greydon-square-interview/[dead link]
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Greydon Square.|
- Greydon Square on Top40-Charts.com
- PR Web press release on Greydon Square
- The Skeptics' Guide to the Universe Interview of Greydon
- Polyschizmatic Reprobates Hour Interview of Greydon
- Greydon's Anti-Injustice Movement Profile
- Greydon's Ustream channel
- Hour Interview with Greydon Square on Cape Reason Show April 2011