I would like to honor the three who most influenced the artistic journey
I have chosen. First, my mother Catalina, a visual artist who connected me to my indigenous roots
through her depiction of native cultures in her works. Next, my father Paul - a writer/musician who a demonstrated
to me that music is a universal language that can build bridges of understanding between people. Finally, my grandfather Anthony
Quinn - a legendary actor whose courage, persistence and resilience helped him to overcome obstacles of poverty and lack of
Flashback to the early 80’s... in middle school
I was exposed to Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five’s “The Message”- a groundbreaking song
that depicts the realities and struggles of inner-city life. I was inspired and mesmerized by the musical hook, the straight-talk,
and the inventive rhythm-based lyricism. Plus, my interest in the song’s storyline helped me to make the mental
connection to the potential for hip hop music to be a vehicle for wide-scale social awareness and positive change.
Fast forward to the 21st century... I have continued to reinforce my view of the transcending
qualities of music and creative expression thru the many life situations I have been blessed to experience. Today I am a lyricist/MC/spoken
word poet, teacher, performer, presenter, youth advocate, facilitator, consultant and most prominently, the co-founder of
Funkamentals – a group formed to inspire higher learning, enrich cultural awareness and raise social-consciousness in
young people through the medium of hip hop music. The extensive amount of content that can be expressed in a hip hop format
has made it possible for us to create music incorporating advanced math, the periodical table of the elements, the countries,
currencies, and languages of the world as well as life topics that can help spark a curiosity for youth to engage in the conversation
and process of social transformation.
Today I stay on it
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Baba Oyadare Ranson III
Baba Oyadare Ranson III is blessed with a unique and powerful
gift of artistic expression.
His work generates from an intense passion
that burns inside him to share his social and cultural consciousness with others through art. He is a practitioner of
multiple artistic disciplines, which include music, art, and most recently, film. His music, film, and performance productions
press technology beyond traditional boundaries and because of this, he has been labeled an iconoclast with a unique voice
in the postmodern global Hip Hop village.
Ranson was born into the social
activist environment of Oakland, CA then made the signifiant cultural transition moving to Tucson,
AZ with his family. His advocacy for community issues remained strong as he has been prolifically involved in producing
creative projects for community building throughout his young and adult life.
brings to the table seventeen independent label releases and five major label credits. He has produced music for HBO's Chris
Rock Show, The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Showtime original movie The Fixer, Jenny Jones, and other popular television programs.
As a result of his travels abroad, which include living on two continents (North America, Australia),
Ranson is multilingual and conversant in English, Spanish, and is currently studying French, Ga and Yoruba. He
lives in Denton, TX with his wife Dulce.
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