Hip-Hop Activist and Executive Director of Pushed Learning and Media Intends To Bring Experimentalism and Cultural Responsibility to his Music and Work
The official release date for the highly anticipated debut album from Eric Axelman– rising Hip Hop artist, filmmaker, and social entrepreneur, was announced today. Axelman’s debut album entitled ’Too Much’ will be released on October 28, complete with 5 self directed music videos to be released every 2 months over the next year. Just off a 9 city Northeast and Midwest North American tour with his group ‘The Funk Underground’, Eric Axelman’s newest work is devoted to curating experimental narratives, and visuals. He’s working with a small and devoted group of cinematographers, producers, and visual artists to create a series of visual and sonic portraits inspired by Hip Hop, but far outside of its traditional bounds.
His upcoming debut album, ‘Too Much,’ combines soulful, pensive tracks, mixed with new wave funk beats, forming a pallet of lyrical depth and melodic simplicity. Axelman’s first solo video, for the song “Talk Too Much” debuts on August 19, followed with his second video, for “Too Much Space” coming out October 14. Outside of music, Eric is an anti-racist educator, and the executive director of Pushed Learning and Media, a new non-profit he founded which creates documentaries about the complexities of oppression, privilege, and identity, as well as does touring educational work that combines Hip Hop performance with discussions on racial/gender inequality in America with the goal of getting young people, and especially young white people, to think more honestly about race in America. Portland’s Poet Laureate, Gibson Fay-Leblanc, writes that, “Eric Axelman’s music digs deep for the sharp, real stuff that jangles in our bodies. And his work with young writers and rappers demonstrates his commitment to helping them find their voices and to thinking deeply about how race relates to Hip Hop and to all of our lives.”
Axelman just returned from a trip to Israel and the West Bank where he shot footage for a film he’s directing about the role of Israel in forming American Jewish Identity and Politics, for which he’s interviewed a number of high profile Jewish and Palestinian figures, including Noam Chomsky.
TOO MUCH TRACKLISTING
1. Talk Too Much
2. Too Much Space
3. We Should Do This
4. We Had A Party
5. Funky Ass Jew (Part I)
6. A History (Part II)
7. Nice To Me
8. Got To Give It To Me
9. Tessa B Fast (Bonus Track)
Preview, buy, and download songs from the album Too Much, and many more on ericaxelman.com.
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