|Birth name||Azeem Ismail|
July 17, 1977 |
New Brunswick, New Jersey
|Associated acts||Telefunken,Spearhead, Mayhem Mystics, Zeph and Azeem, Creme De La Ultra|
Azeem, born of Jamaican and Panamanian descent started his first band, Telefunken, in 1991, which was a combination of live instrumentation and hip-hop. Their first release came out in 1994 on the then newly formed Om Records.
Azeem's first break as a solo artist came at an open mic competition where he performed under the alias the "Invisible Man" against fifty other poets and lyricists for a spot on the Lollapolooza Tour.
In 1997, Azeem was hired by Bay Area artist, Michael Franti (The Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy and Spearhead) to assist him in composing songs for the second Spearhead album, Chocolate Supa Highway. This led to Azeem touring, writing, and performing with the band for two years. The single "Keep Me Lifted", a song that features Azeem, was the only song from the album to reach Billboard's Rap Charts.
In 1999, after his third tour with Spearhead, Azeem left to work as solo. 1999 saw the release of his first solo EP Garage Opera (Heratik), and he contributed a track to Afro-Mystik's Future Tropic album. Azeem followed up with the full-length album Craft Classic (Stray). The album's single "Rubber Glue" reached number two on the CMJ radio rap chart.
In 2005 Azeem wrote and performed a play called Rude Boy. Azeem plays the character of Johnny Burke, a struggling and slightly disturbed "Jamerican" (Jamaican-American) who works as a janitor. The play is set at Johnny's place of work, a Mexican cardboard box factory. Azeem performed Rude Boy at: The Lincoln Center - NYC, Marsh Theater - SF, Oaklandish - Oakland, Hip Hop Theater Festival (Brava Theater)- SF, San Francisco Theater Fest - Yerba Buena Gardens San Francisco, Redline Theater - Chicago IL. He also produced and directed The Secret Circus, a performance art show at the Marsh Berkeley.
In 2008, Azeem released another solo effort Air Cartoons,
In 2010, Azeem performed live with Heavyweight Dub Champion.
|Azeem with Variable Unit||Mayhemystics||2004||Wide Hive|
|Azeem||Show Business||2004||Bomb Hip-Hop|
|Zeph & Azeem||Rise Up||2007||Om|
Singles and EPs
|Azeem vs. Hydroponic Sound System||Family Man||2002||Bomb Hip-Hop|
- Afro Mystic (1999), Om Records - "Shoplift The Future" and "Trivia Terrorist"
- Spearhead (1997), Capitol - "Keep Me Lifted", "Food for the Masses" and "Madness in the Hood"
- Groove Active (1997), Om Records - "The Message" (Telefunken)
- Grand Slam CD — Azeem the Invisible Man
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