Chen Lo has been preparing for the opportunity to serve his entire life. He has always stood to use his individual gifts, skills and talents to enhance the wellbeing of his community. He is fortunate to have found his purpose and voice at an early age. His mission is simple: use music as a tool to empower communities toward relevant and practical change. As an artist, humanitarian, teacher, motivational speaker and entrepreneur, Chen Lo is moving to approach this mission from several directions.
Chen Lo uses his skill as an emcee in the spirit of West African oral traditions adding a contemporary relevance: "he swings a double-edged sword to entertain you and teach you." After closely studying the methods of a young Nas, Black Moon and The Roots, Chen found stage life at the age of 15. He has shared the stage with the likes of The Roots, Dead Prez, Common, Erykah Badu, KRS-ONE, Brand Nubian, Amanda Diva, A Tribe Called Quest, Xzibit and has done work with Abiodun Oyewole of the legendary Last Poets. Chen Lo's hit single "Brooklyn," was chosen as the lead single for the "Blackout" motion picture soundtrack (a BET feature film). The video has been featured on BET'S 106 & Park and Rap City as well as various MTV Networks (MTV2, mtvU) and shows (Sucker Free,YO! MTV Raps, The Lab, The Freshman).
Most importantly, Chen Lo has remained dedicated to the community. He continues to implement and develop "Creative Liberation," his culturally relevant Hip Hop Education Series at various schools and community centers in Brooklyn, NY. In addition, he has been the coordinator of two youth summits in Swaziland, Africa that use the arts for HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention. He has also run workshops at and consulted a youth development academy in Senegal, West Africa.
Now with greater maturity, a strengthened sense of purpose and a masters from NYU (Art and Social Change) under his belt, Chen Lo, along with his own company, Liberation Music Group (LMG), executive produced his first solo project, Chronicles of A Rebel. "A lot of artists are unaware of the incredible power and lasting effects of this music", said Lo. "We can use it to either prosper or perish. I think it will be one of the major elements in igniting a movement of oppressed people across the globe. I believe we should always create with that in mind."