BandHip HopSpoken Word

"You leave a mean look on somebody's face" - Chuck D of Public Enemy Best of Baltimore Award - Baltimore City Paper Performances w/ Dead Prez, Immortal Technique, Tom Morello, David Rovics, etc. On compilations with The Last Poets, Jurassic 5, Ani DiFranco, Sonic Youth, etc.


Hip hop artist, former Baltimore City high school teacher, activist, cancer survivor, sickle cell battler, and recipient of praise by Public Enemy’s Chuck D as “[Leaving] a mean look on somebody’s face” for being “More than relevant!,” S.O.N. doesn’t just entertain his crowds he empowers them. The name Son of Nun is a biblical reference to the one who took over where Moses left off. Inspired by the Maroons in his Jamaican heritage and countless freedom fighters past and present, S.O.N. seeks to help pass the torch to the next generation.

Growing up with illness influenced his perspective at an early age, as did being the product of a single parent household. Painful sickle cell crises and hospital stays made other problems seem more manageable, and seeing his mother struggle to make ends meet was a powerful challenge to the sexist stereotypes he’d encounter as he met the world. Far from being an attention seeker S.O.N. was quiet and reserved, when diagnosed with thyroid cancer he was confronted with the possibility of losing his voice during the surgery to remove the gland. This taught him to value his voice.

He attended a state college in Baltimore where he became politically aware and active while tutoring students in the city. S.O.N.’s writing reflected this process as he began to articulate what he was learning through spoken word, dnb, and hip hop. He taught high school history in the Baltimore City Public Schools for 4 years while being an advisor for a student group and helping to coach debate.

S.O.N. has shared the stage with artists like Dead Prez, Immortal Technique, and Tom Morello from Rage Against the Machine as well as activists like Howard Zinn, Cindy Sheehan, Rosa Clemente, and Liam Madden from Iraq Veterans Against the War. Music from his 2004 debut cd “Blood And Fire” has earned him spots on compilations with iconic artists ranging from The Last Poets to Sonic Youth, won him a “Best of Baltimore” award from the Baltimore City Paper, and took “Best Song of the Week” on NPR’s website. S.O.N.’s forthcoming cd, “The Art of Struggle,” is a collaboration with producer DJ Mentos and will be released in early 2008.


-Blood And Fire (2004)
*The Art of Struggle (early 2008)

-Peace Not War (2004)
-States of Abuse (2004)
-Free The P (2005)
-Cruel And Unusual Punishment (2006)
-Line in the Sand (2007)

-Air America - On The Real w/ Chuck D
-WPFW (DC Pacifica Station) - Blackademics
-WMUC (Univ.MD Radio) - That Fresh Radio Piece

Set List

All Original, No Covers (45-60 minutes)

1. Fire Next Time
2. My City
3. Child Abuse
4. Southpaw
5. Right On
6. Reality Check
7. Litebrite
8. One Solution
9. Pastures of Plenty
10. Free Palestine
11. Speak On It