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If you're looking for music to play right now, check out my profiles on Soundcloud (for original tracks) and Mixcloud (for DJ sets). You can also find my music on iTunes, Rhapsody, or Spotify.

Scroll down to see some of the venues I've played around the US.

NSA vs. USA

My latest song, NSA vs. USA, was written to be a teaching tool as much as a dance track -- which is why the lyrics are annotated with links to background news articles, analysis, and research reports to help you learn more. Feel free to download the extended dance floor mix from Soundcloud, and to raise your voice with me.

Get Outta Your Chair

My debut CD, Get Outta Your Chair, was released in 2008 and includes socially conscious and personally reflective rhymes over funk, house, R&B, traditional hip-hop and soul tracks from several producers, including Thunderball, Starpeople and Bomani "D-Mite" Armah. It's available for $9.99 on CDBaby.

SHAHID BUTTAR: Get Outta Your Chair

Track 1 on Get Outta Your Chair is a funk tune, Bumpin in My SUV, that riffs on the role of consumerism and militarism in driving climate change:

Where I've Performed

I've kicked rhymes for crowds as large as 50,000, and as small as one. DJ crews I've rolled with include Sol System, Opel Productions, Global Groove and Pink Mammoth.

I am always down to throw around a little sound to help represent the underground.

Venues I've played include:

  • In DC: Art-o-Matic, Bar Nun, Bohemian Caverns, Bossa Bistro & Lounge, Busboys & Poets, Chief Ike's Mambo Room, Cafe Citron, G-40, HR-57, the Kennedy Center, Mocha Hut, Rendezvous, Rock & Roll Hotel, Sanctuary, Science Club, The Studio Theater, Velvet Lounge, and Zeba
  • in NYC: Le Souk, the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, Sin Sin, and White Rabbit
  • In SF: 1015 Folsom, Asiento, Mars Bar, Lipo Lounge, The Lookout, Love Fest, Mighty, Pink, Shine, the Urban Art Farm and Wish
  • In random other places: the Prophet Bar in Dallas; Mable House Barnes Amphitheater outside Atlanta; The Hinge, Sam's, and the Yellow Sofa in Northampton, MA; and a hip-hop venue in Orlando whose name I've been trying to remember since playing there in 2006.
  • The Garage Mahal, Heart Deco, Heart Phoenix, Opulent Temple, White Ocean, Pinky's, Pink Mammoth, and Sol System camps at Black Rock City, NV (the sight of Burning Man), as well as at the Playa Del Fuego and Transformus regional burns, the PEX Summer Music Festival, and off-playa Burner-themed parties in Denver, DC, New York and SF.

Beyond traditional music venues, I also play peace & justice events. I've performed as part of:

  • The 2004 Operation Ceasfire concert in DC
  • The 2007 "Make Hip Hop, Not War" tour in Baltimore and Boston
  • Rallies all over the country on issues ranging from climate change and Franken-foods to international peace and marriage equality
  • Government institutions, including the Old Post Office and The World Bank in DC, and City Hall in SF
  • The 2006-07 ShantiSalaam tour, which visited 13 cities across South Asia to promote communal harmony

If you've got any feedback on my music or writing to share, or if you'd like me to speak or perform at an event, please drop me a line....

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