Music and activism have always changed culture in positive and powerful ways. Where would we be without Marvin Gaye, Erykah Badu or The Roots? These brilliant stars move people to sing and dance while lifting consciousness. Alphabet Rockers are doing this very thing for children’s music. They create freedom culture through hip hop, get tiny change makers on their feet, and empower family members of all ages to rise as allies.
A nationally touring kid-friendly hip hop group out of Oakland, Alphabet Rockers address complex issues around identity and social justice through their hip hop music. Their album Rise Shine #Woke (available from most music retailers on September 1, 2017) offers a set of songs to get kids moving while sparking discussions in homes and classrooms. “We want families to join us in making change,” says Kaitlin McGaw who, along with Tommy Shepherd, are the two core members of Alphabet Rockers. Tommy adds, “Being woke is nothing new but right now it’s crucial for folks who are too comfortable in their lifestyles to get involved in this movement. This album is an entry point.”
Rise Shine #Woke features collaborations with family music trailblazer Genevieve Goings (Choo Choo Soul) and hip hop producer Chief Xcel (Blackalicious), along with music production from two-time GRAMMY winning producer Torrance Esmond (aka Street Symphony, whose credits include 2 Chainz, Lecrae, Ludacris, and G-Eazy). Children’s voices and dozens of other artists and allies contributed to this album, which is packed with dance singles that bring social justice language to the home and classroom. As McGaw says, these songs allow people to “put consciousness in motion. We want to help parents raise the next generation of change makers. We’re here to ignite their courageous conversations. Our music is part of a movement.”