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Breaking social, political, and artistic boundaries and the status quo happens all the time, all over the world, for personal and social reasons. Out of Bounds is the title of today’s show, an idea that encompasses many different realms. Often, people conform to a certain stereotype in order to fit into a situation. But every so often a person jumps out at you because they are different. They challenge the rules and regulations put into play by society.
Adair Lion: Daring to Break Boundaries
Jack Dourakos Interviews Rapper Adair Lion
Adair Lion is a rapper / singer /producer / director born and raised in the rough streets of central El Paso, Tx near the infamous murder capital of Juarez, Mexico. Adair strives to be unlike what’s perceived of Latinos by the main stream media. He decided that he would be a positive influence for Latino youth. Entrepreneurial minded he co-founded a music label called Above The Notes, based off the belief that a label should work to touch the lives of others by doing more than just making music. Adair Lion received a Degree from the University of Texas at Austin in Music with an Emphasis on Vocal Performance and Concentration in Sound Engineering. While in Austin he performed with a group called BOOMBOXatx and was mentored by MC Overlord (Austin’s 10 time best hip-hop Artist of the Year / Austin Rock N’ Roll Hall Of Fame inductee). It was in Austin that he grew an affinity for live music, which is evident in his live show. On stage, Adair’s show has great depth. Performing with a live drummer, dj, back up singer and b-boy, Adair has an on stage dynamic that most entertainers would envy. Adair Lion and the Above The Notes cast have performed at shows and charity events all over Texas for crowds up to 8,000 people strong and was even invited to perform for a SXSW showcase this year. Musically, his songs are filled with clever metaphors, smooth melodies and a positive vibe. Easy on the eyes, Adair Lion also has sex appeal to compliment his radio friendly tunes. His philosophy on music is that he thinks artists should treat every song like a single. Adair says this about creating music, “We should always place our best foot forward… we should place our best product up and not compromise just to fill up album tracks. Why shouldn’t we (artists) treat all of our songs like singles? Let’s make a new standard.”
- Adair pleads guilty to assault (rapidcityjournal.com)
- Adair Lion on Overcoming Anti-Gay Sentiment in the Name of Self-Interest (thinkprogress.org)