Hired Gun is a hip hop artist, educator, and cultural ambassador. In 2009 he released his critically acclaimed solo album, “The People’s Verses” which garnered him a spot in the prestigious URB Next 100 (alongside artists such as Drake, UFI, and SkyZoo). He has taught performance poetry and hip hop education classes, and is currently the Program Director for Urban Word, a New York City based arts education organization, and the nation’s leading youth poetry community. Hired Gun has been a guest speaker at such institutions as Yale, Georgetown, The U.S. Institute of Peace, and Trinity College, to name a few, and is a featured writer on MTV’s international blog, Iggy. Hired Gun has toured internationally, and has played alongside The Last Poets, Slick Rick, Rob Swift, Sean Price, Rhymefest, Talib Kweli, J-Live, Mykah Nine and K’naan.