Molina Speaks

Molina Speaks

 Denver, Colorado, USA
BandHip HopSpoken Word

“Things have changed, and every now and then, an artist puts their account of life’s changes into play, all over phat beats. Molina is that artist. A culturist who balances his revolutionary politics with his ability to rap like no other, Molina is not your average conscious artist." Denver Westword

Biography

Molina Speaks brings a unique blend of Poetry, Spoken Word, and Lyrical Performance to Colleges and Universities across the country. He speaks to his unique experiences as a Latino first-generation college and law school graduate. Beyond race and social class, Molina's poetry relates broadly to young people's experiences in a confusing world, the struggles and triumphs of everyday life, and relevant cultural, social, political and technological issues, including social networking and changing relationship dynamics.

Molina is a critically acclaimed Poet, Performance Artist and Recording Artist. Respected music critics have discussed his work in the vein of impactful artists and social thinkers such as Gil Scott-Heron, The Roots, Mos Def (Yasiin Bey), Howard Zinn and Noam Chomsky. Molina has shared the stage with the likes of Lupe Fiasco, Saul Williams, Abiodun Oyewole of the Last Poets, Allen Stone, Les Nubians, Blue Scholars, Dead Prez and Flobots. Molina served as Music Supervisor for Papers the Movie. This documentary about undocumented youth features Molina’s original music and has screened in all 50 states. It continues to influence state and national Immigration Reform policy.

Molina Speaks is the Creative Director of Youth On Record, an Arts Education organization set to launch a state-of-the-art Youth Media Studio on Denver’s west side. Molina is a featured artist on Arts Integration projects funded by the National Endowment for the Arts. He has enjoyed artist residencies with the National Hispanic Cultural Center, Colorado Academy, and the Mizel Museum. Molina also teaches Chicano Studies, Hip-Hop Studies and Media Justice courses at the college level. He has been invited to speak and perform at dozens of universities, including Columbia, UC Davis, CU Boulder, University of New Mexico, and Washington State University. Molina is a member of the Café Cultura Artist collective. He collaborates with the Denver Spirituals Project, Su Teatro, Lighthouse Writers, Café Nuba, Slam Nuba, The Growhaus, Servicios de la Raza, and the Denver Public Library, among other schools, community organizations and arts institutions.

Discography

Greatest Rapper Never Heard - ft. Denver's Black Actors Guild (7/4/13)

Hard Times mixtape w/ DJ Icewater (1/13)

MileHighTimes w/ Diles (5/12)

Singles: "Southwest Heartthrob", "Stacks of Bills", "Garvey", "Occupy" and "Children of the Ghetto" all released in 2011

Build 2020 Manifesto (3/11)

Name & Town - produced by Diles (2/11)

Corner Store 45 Singles Volume 1 - Fam Biz w/ DJ Icewater (12/10)

SOULAJU, Molina Soleil & Aju (SOULAJU) w/ DJ Icewater (03/10)

Sacred Paths, Asia Jazz Project w/ Molina Soleil & Aju (SOULAJU), CHiTT Productions (09/09)

My America: A Benefit CD for Papers the Movie, Various Artists, Compiled by Adrian H. Molina for CHiTT Productions (07/09)

Shine Flow EP, Molina Soleil & Aju (SOULAJU) w/ DJ Icewater (06/09)

Up Before the Sunrise, Adrian H. Molina w/ Mannequin Rituals, CHiTT Productions (08/08)

Representin’ 4 Life EP, Adrian H. Molina w/ Mannequin Rituals, CHiTT Productions (03/07)

Set List

A blend of poetry, spoken word, and rap lyricism. Molina's performance sets touch on many issues related to identity, young people's experiences, everyday life, and cultural, political and social issues.