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Invincible (born Ilana Weaver, 1980 or 1981 in Israel)[1] is a Detroit-based emcee and community activist. Invincible is a member of the Anomalies crew[1] and has collaborated with Finale, Suheir Hammad, and Waajeed of the Platinum Pied Pipers.[2]

Life and career[edit]

She moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan in 1988 and learned English by listening to hip-hop albums. She has said that she would write down the rhymes and use the dictionary. After two years, she started making her own songs in English and stopped speaking Hebrew by age ten.[1] At age 15, she started performing at open mic nights. Splitting her time between youth organizing with Detroit Summer's Live Arts Media Project,[3] the US-Palestine Youth Solidarity Network,[4] and constant touring, she blurs the line between art and activism. She released her debut album, "ShapeShifters," in 2008 on Emergence, the record label she co-founded.

In 2010, she performed at the Can A Sista Rock a Mic? festival in Washington, D.C..[5] That same year, she received attention after the music video for "Ropes" was banned on mtvU, MTV's college-targeted channel, after it was deemed "too problematic" because of its suicidal nature.[6] The ban was later lifted.[7]

She has been compared to rapper Eminem.[1] She has been positively reviewed by Washington Post,[5] Spin, being described as "a compelling and fiercely political artist"[8]

She identifies as gay and is Jewish.[6]


  1. ^ a b c d Swan, Rachel (2008-07-16). "Invincible in Two Worlds". Retrieved 2013-03-27. 
  2. ^ "Platinum Pied Pipers - Triple P". 2005-08-17. Retrieved 2013-03-27. 
  3. ^ Lynden, Jacki (2008-12-08). "Reclaiming Detroit Means Reinventing A City". Retrieved 2013-03-27. 
  4. ^ Nagaraja, Tej (2008-07-18). "Outervisions: A Review of Invincible's "ShapeShifters"". Retrieved 2013-03-27. 
  5. ^ a b Merry, Stephanie (2010-06-01). "Nightlife Agenda: Capital Pride and Can A Sista Rock A Mic festivals kick off". Retrieved 2013-03-27. 
  6. ^ a b Clark, Anna (2010-05-04). "MTV bans female rapper’s “suicidal” video". Retrieved 2013-03-27. 
  7. ^ Harling, Danielle (2010-09-20). "MTVU Lifts Ban On Invincible's "Ropes" Video". Retrieved 2013-03-27. 
  8. ^ "Invincible - Shapeshifters". Spin. August 2008. Retrieved 2013-03-27.