MuAmin Collective


10:00 pm to 12:00 am
Friday, 8/18


Muamin Collective started with a concept - rapid fire critical thought over beats. simple? Not actually as easy as it is said, but over the last 10 years what started as a concept, has become praxis. The Duo is comprised of DJ/ Producer Aaron "aLive" and MC/Poet Josiah "Zion", who for over a decade have been creating and performing their unique and heady brand of hip-hop all over Cleveland and beyond.

Aaron and Josiah were childhood friends growing up on Cleveland's east side, banging on lunch tables and freestyling late into the night. After High School they lost touch, but fate would reconnect them a few years later at a party held in mutual friend and Muamin co-founder R.A. Washington's studio space. The two quickly realized they were totally consumed by music, Listening to it, digging for it, and finally crafting it themselves. The rest is history. . . or at least discography.

Their discography includes their cult-classic debut Industry Standard featuring underground hit "WhiTea", A strong follow up with 2007's WhereMyPeoples@?! featuring the Hendrix tinged anthem L.S.D. Their breakout album, 2009's World B. Free, was a nod to the former Cavs great, and a sprawling trip through nostalgia and future.
With their fourth studio album, So Blue its Black, the two had matured and their sound had grown as their lives had changed. Diverse samples, with intricate chops, and poetic density have always been a signature, but the musicality is much richer with aLive delving into music theory and the narratives penned by Zion reflecting a mellowed militancy of a culture concerned for its children. Writing instructor and Soccer coach in Cleveland’s Slavic village by day and MC at night and a newly minted father, art imitates life and vice versa.

Over the years they have had the opportunity to open for well known acts like DeLa Soul, GZA & Reakwon (Wu Tang), Diplo, Del the Funky Homosapien, Talib Kweli, Van Hunt, and Pete Rock, J Rawls, Blueprint, Ratatat, Das Racist, EPMD, Mob Deep and More.
Recently, the duo have added a third member. Zion's younger brother James "Jungle Jim", a longtime member of local crew LMNTL and fantastic artist, who in fact designed the cover of So Blue its Black is currently recording a yet to be titled album with the group. He first collaborated on the 2016 release DiG singing and rapping on it's title track.
MuAmin Collective is just getting started. They are ever evolving come witness. Be a part of the change, you'll want to see.

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