The mixtape is HERE! Check out Volume 1 of the GETBACK mixtape featuring Rafael "A.D." Casal (National Poetry Slam Champion, HBO Def Poetry Season 4,5 & 6)
THE GETBACK IS...
The GETBACK crew is a collection of rising young talents from the Bay Area dedicated to making (gettinback to) good music. Their foundation is Hip-Hop, but the plan is to simply make HOT SHITand let you define it
Prior to the much anticipated release of their first project, Rafael Casal (also known as A.D.), these five young artists have already shared the stage with powerhouses like Kanye West, Lauryn Hill, Black Star, Common, Dead Prez, Jill Scott, and Alanis Morrisette.
Having championed the rising underground culture of competitive spoken word called SLAM by their late teens, Rafael Casal, Chinaka Hodge, Daveed Diggs, Adarius Bell, and Nico Cary, individually stacked achievements that include performances from Oakland to Paris, numerous publications and recordings, and multiple features on Russel Simmons Def Poetry Jam. Collectively, the GetBACK is no doubt the new force to be reckoned with. Stay tuned.
From the stage to your stereo, not many artists can accomplish what RAFAEL A.D. CASAL out of the Bay Area, California can. He has definitely proved himself a force to be reconed with throughout his young life, winning Spoken Word competitions all over the country, repeatedly featured on HBO, and having his written work printed in numerous different national publications. At fifteen he had already became one of the Bay area's top young competitors in a rising underground culture of competitive spoken word called SLAM. By sixteen he had represented the bay area at the national youth poetry slam, and by 19 had two national Finalist titles under his belt, been featured on season 4 and 5 of Russell Simmon's Def Poetry on HBO, and inked his first deal with def jam mobile.
Over the years Rafael has shared the stage with the likes of Common, Talib Kweli, Mos Def, KRS-ONE, Floetry, Kanye West, Saul Williams, Alanis Morissette, De La Sol, Dead Prez, & numerous others, performing in front of crowds of up to 30,000. He is currently finishing up his debut record EP to be launched under his crew THE GETBACK, Working with Marc Bamuthi Josephs THE LIVING WORD THEATRE COMPANY, Creating music with legendary Bay Area Producer ONE DROP SCOTT (3xcrazy, Too Short, E-40, Mac Mall, Mac Dre, Scarface, etc. etc.), producing music for upcoming bay area artists, and airing on the SIXTH season of Russell Simmons Def poetry on March 2nd of 2007. Stay tuned!