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Raw Poetic was born in Philadelphia to a rich family legacy including both parents in the original Black Panther Party and legendary jazz musician uncle Archie Shepp. Eventually settling in Northern Virginia where he was raised in the Washington Metropolitan area, the two east coast cities have had a major influence on his artistry. By college he founded Restoring Poetry in Music aka RPM and became the lead MC in the duo Panacea(Rawkus), formed by producer/beatsmith Kyle Murdock, who released five albums before disbanding on a high note in 2010. As a newly solo act, Raw Poetic saw the changing demands of indie artists, building a skillset that allowed him to be the versatile DIY artist he is today. Produced with Damu, their recent 2020 album ‘Ocean Bridges’ with saxophonist Archie Shepp was considered one of the year's best efforts.
Quality is synonymous with Raw Poetic's reputation with a resume stacked with national tours, collaborations with K-Def, Blu, Kev Brown, Archie Shepp, and Luke Stewart, airplay on MTV, VH1 and BET, spins on Sirius/XM, Gilles Peterson Worldwide FM/BBC 6 Music, syncs on the Showtime series Shameless and Weeds, featured in Pitchfork, Washington Post, Philadelphia Inquirer, Jazz Times, Newsweek, and Rolling Stone.