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Los Angeles, California, United States

Los Angeles, California, United States
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LIVE FROM 1600 (12inch Single) self released in 2006. Has received national airplay on Hip Hop radio and Internet shows. Various songs that have not officially been released have also received wide airplay.

3/5 HUMAN's debut EP will be released May 2010.



3/5 HUMAN (born Marco Polo Santiago) is an MC and producer from Los Angeles. His name derives from America's 3/5 Compromise of 1787 in which the Northern and Southern states formed an agreement to count each slave as 3/5 of a person, thereby granting the South additional seats in Congress, but preserving African Americans' status as slaves. Today, after centuries of systematic oppression and exploitation, the majority of the world's population continues to struggle for equality, opportunity, and life. This struggle is the inspiration for 3/5's music and the meaning behind his name.

3/5 was drawn to music at an early age and has spent the majority of his life rapping and playing various instruments. In 2000, he began making beats and dedicated the next few years to developing his craft as a producer. After being in various bands, 3/5 decided to pursue a career as a solo artist and, in 2006, self released a 12-inch single entitled, Live from 1600. Since then, he has recorded with Gangsta Rap legend MC Eiht of Compton's Most Wanted and 2Mex of the Visionaries/Look Daggers. He has also performed throughout California, Colorado, New York, New Jersey, Oregon, Texas, Arizona and Mexico, opening for B-Real of Cypress Hill, Immortal Technique, Dead Prez, Psycho Realm, Ill Bill of Non Phixion/La Coka Nostra, Slaine of La Coka Nostra, 2Mex, LMNO of the Visionaries, Busdriver, Aceyalone of Freestyle Fellowship, Dudley Perkins, DJ Quick, and AWOL One. As of June 2008, 3/5 has also been hosting and producing his own Hip Hop radio show, which airs Saturday nights on Radio Bemba 95.5 FM in Sonora, Mexico and online via radiobemba.org, where he features his favorite Hip Hop artists from the US, Latin America, Spain, and beyond.

While inspired by many styles of music, 3/5's biggest influences come from Metal and socially conscious Hip Hop of the 1980's and early 90's. Building upon this influence, 3/5 has created his own cutting edge sound, rooted in Hardcore Hip Hop and infused with a Rock and Electronic edge. The result is a cohesion of politically charged, virtuosic lyricism, aggressive vocal delivery, and high-energy production that is raw, dark, and at times, melodic. As an artist, 3/5 aims to create music that serves as a vehicle for enlightenment and inspiring self-empowerment and social action. By making progressive music that is an honest and unapologetic commentary on the problems facing us today, 3/5 is connecting with a new generation of listeners in the same way that Public Enemy and Rage Against the Machine connected with him.

3/5's music appeals to diverse audiences, including fans of Immortal Technique, Nas, The Roots, Mos Def, Eminem, Pharoahe Monch, Atmosphere, Jedi Mind Tricks, Sage Francis, The Perceptionists, One Day As a Lion, Rage Against the Machine, Nine Inch Nails, Linkin Park, POD, Flobots, M.I.A., and Saul Williams. 3/5's music has received national airplay on Hip Hop radio and Internet shows and, as his music becomes more popular, it will continue to garner more airplay on Hip Hop and college formats, with the potential to crossover onto commercial Modern Rock stations.