As a young B-boy (Breakdancer) in the early 80s, Waliullah was simply engaging in an activity that all his peers innocently participated in. It wasnt until around 1984 that he began to truly discover his love for Hiphop Culture. Waliullah immersed himself in the many artistic and philosophical elements Hiphop Culture had to offer. In 1988, he pursued athletics in high school while developing his talent as a lyricist influenced by the likes of Chuck D, Ice T, and Rakim.
That same year, Waliullah met Dome, a like-minded classmate who shared many of his views about life and Hiphop. Their common interest in social issues, politics, and spirituality led them to form a Rap group, Urban Scientists, which would allow them to express their views about social conditions. However, following a brief moment of local success, Waliullah suddenly altered his path. He gave up Rap for the glory of street life.
After several run-ins with the law, starting a family, and all the trials and tribulations associated with his life choices, Waliullah redirected his energy towards what he and Dome had begun working on previously. The seeking of practical knowledge and spirituality became his goal and he set out to use Hiphop Culture as a means to share his experiences and philosophies with the world.
Experience and Background:
· Continued research in the fields of history, politics, metaphysics, religion with a emphasis on Islam, psychology, social issues, mysticism, and Hiphop Culture
· Co-founder of the self-published Hiphop/political newsletter, Do The Knowledge
· Public speaking
· Street outreach to at-risk youth
· Freelance writing
Since 1988, Waliullah has been studying Islam to understand how its teachings can empower people of all backgrounds and provide applicable solutions to the many challenges facing inner-city communities.
In 2001, Urban Scientists compiled their many years of experiences and research, collective and individual, into a curriculum format. Based on that body of work, they founded The Foundation for the Study of Hiphop Consciousness (The Foundation), a philosophical think-tank dedicated to social upliftment via Hiphop Culture. This organization was established to make Hiphop Culture a force to be reckoned with socially, politically, economically, as well as spiritually.