The Hip Hop Panel: Words That Matter

With great shifts and strides being made year after year in hip hop, how do rising artists continue to make their mark in this genre that knows no bounds? How does hip hop carry the voices of new generations while remaining true to its origins (and the roots of those origins?) How can hip hop continue to carve its own path in the music industry, while maintaining a vital and powerful role in public and political consciousness? Jump into this ARISE Dialogue with emerging artists as we discuss Hip Hop: Words That Matter.


R. Alan Brooks ~ Raised in the murky depths of the mystical city of Atlanta, R. Alan Brooks is a writer, musician and host of the MotherF**ker In A Cape comic book podcast. In 2003, he moved to Denver, where he completed his first comics projects. He is writer and creator of The Burning Metronome, a supernatural murder mystery.

Featured panelists:

Xiuhtezcatl Martinez ~ His first name is pronounced ‘Shoe-Tez-Caht’ and he’s a 17-year-old indigenous climate activist, hip-hop artist, and powerful voice on the front order ambien online with no prescription lines of a global youth-led environmental movement.

At the early age of six, Xiuhtezcatl began speaking around the world, from the Rio+20 United Nations Summit in Rio de Janeiro to addressing the General Assembly at the United Nations in New York. He has worked locally to get pesticides out of parks, coal ash contained, and moratoriums on fracking in his state, and is currently a plaintiff in a youth-led lawsuit against the federal government for their failure to protect the atmosphere for future generations.

Xiuhtezcatl has traveled across the nation and to many parts of the world educating his generation about the state of the planet they are inheriting and inspiring youth into action to protect the Earth. His message has inspired youth to join the front lines combating the environmental crisis, as well as form Earth Guardian crews in over 30 countries.

DJ Cavem ~ recently featured on The Rachel Ray Show, is an educator, emcee, vegan/raw food chef, producer, organic gardener, midwife, graffiti artists, Bboy yogi award winning environmental activist, the father of Eco HipHop and founder of Going Green Living Bling, and co-founder of Culinary Concerts (co-founded by Alkemia Earth) & one of the first O.G.’s (organic gardener) at the GrowHaus in Denver.