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The Foundation for the Study of Hiphop Consciousness
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Sebastien "Dome" El-kouby

Co-Founder

Sebastien Dome El-kouby started his involvement in Hiphop Culture in 1983, as a young boy fascinated by the arts of Breakdancing (B-boyin), Djing, Beatboxing, and Rapping (Mcing).  These activities quickly grew from simple boyhood past time to a life defining philosophy as Dome instinctively integrated his interest in history, metaphysics, and social issues with his love for Hiphop Culture.  Dome recognized the power and influence that Hiphop would have on his and future generations and set out to find ways in which Hiphop could be used as a vehicle for social change.

In 1988, Dome met Waliullah, a high school classmate whose love for Hiphop and overall life philosophy reflected his.  They joined forces under the name, Urban Scientists, and began their mission to use the medium of Hiphop as a relevant voice against the many ills of the world.

  Experience and Background:

         Rap artist/producer

         Continued research in the fields of history, politics, metaphysics, religion, psychology, social issues, and Hiphop Culture

         Co-founder of the self-published Hiphop/political newsletter, Do The Knowledge

         Independent radio host/producer for Hiphop/political talk show

         Public speaking

         Street outreach to at-risk youth

         Freelance writing

Dome also worked in the entertainment industry in the following fields:

         A&R

         Publicity

         Promotions

         Artist development/management

         Radio host

In 2001, Dome began a career in social services as a caseworker for at-risk youth.  The experience acquired throughout years of social/Hiphop activism allowed him to address issues facing youths with a more realistic and efficient approach. 

That same year, Urban Scientists compiled their many years of research and experience 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. 

 

 

 

Waliullah

Co-Founder

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:

         M.C./B-boy

         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. 

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One of The Foundation's leading project is The Strength in Numbers Campaign, a national petition drive created to gather one million signatures in support of conscious/progressive Rap music while holding the media accountable for the destructive messages they promote via mainstream Rap.  This campaign was implemented due to the growing influence Rap music is having on youths and how socially responsible Rap is being ignored for more commercial but psychologically damaging Rap music.

The Foundation speaks to teens about Hiphop and social issues at high schools, after school programs, and youth programs.  They also participate in local and national forums such as Town Hall Meetings, Conferences, Conventions, and Panel Discussions.  They have appeared on a variety of local televised programs and radio stations including:

          100.3 The Beat (KKBT)

         105.9 Power 106 (KPWR)

         102.3 KJLH

         90.7 Pacifica Radio (KPFK)

The Foundation has also been featured in national publications such as The Final Call and The Source Online Newsletter.

The Foundation for the Study of Hiphop Consciousness
Los Angeles, CA, US