Hip Hop Fusion music artist, educator, and dj, LiKWUiD (Stylez), is committed to using her gift of song to empower the portrayal of women in the entertainment industry. Ebony Magazine’s Sonic Boom web portal reports “she can rap circles around most of everyone’s favorite rappers But she also has a good ear for beats and melodies, so her songs always flow (no pun intended)…” In 2009, her words and experiences were published in the powerful book Girldrive: Criss-Crossing America, Redefining Feminism, that highlights the life and experiences of successful American women. AOL Blackvoices (now HuffPost Black Voices) described LiKWUiD as one of the nation’s top female emcees. A former percussionist, she often performs with her 5 piece band, Likwuidity, who combine syncopated rhythms and sonnets that blend the raw sounds of east coast hip hop rhythms and the essence of southern soul.
LiKWUiD has performed nationwide with artists such as Slick Rick, 9th Wonder, Matt and Kim, Lyfe Jennings, Jazmine Sullivan, Talib Kweli, Frankie Beverly and Maze, Bow Wow, Rah Digga, The Last Poets, DJ Evil Dee, and world renowned comedian Cedric the Entertainer. She is a member of the Hunger Division and often collaborates with Lower Eastside dynamic production duo 2Hungry Bros.
As a dj, she has curated music for Photoville and the Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival’s Family Day. She is a resident dj at Silvana and Angel of Harlem. As a songwriter, her credits include placements with HBO Latina Films, IFC Films, Oxygen Network, MTV and several indie projects.
LiKWUiD is fully commited to combining hip hop and education. For the past 10 years she has performed, presented workshops, lectures and participated on panels at academic spaces such as Columbia University, BAM, the Eleanor Roosevelt School for Girls, the Hip Hop Culture Center, Flocabulary and more. She is co-founder of the |ˈsīfər|, a monthly hip hop and spoken word jam live at the Shrine World Music Venue which uses hip hop fusion music to bring cultures closer together.