You cant stop the music, says Washington, DC's own Asheru (born Gabriel Benn), an artist who has, since the beginning of his recording career, taken the independent route. Asheru is best known as part of the group The Unspoken Heard, and as a founding member of the Brooklyn based label, Seven Heads Entertainment. In addition to this, he has created an umbrella, Guerilla Arts Ink, LLC, which is also home to his Educational Program Educational Lyrics or EL, which produces the magazine H.E.L.P., his Arts-in Education program Project NOMMO, and his publishing company, Arbor Day Publishing (ASCAP). Over the years, Asheru has had the fortune of traveling and performing all over the United States, Europe, and Japan, both as a member of Unspoken Heard, and more recently as a solo artist. He has also recorded with some of the best emcees and producers in the game, such as J-Live, El Da Sensei, Lone Catalysts, Grap Luva, Pete Rock, Geology, DJ Khalil of Self-Scientific, DJ Spinna and many others. Asheru also had several critically acclaimed features on several 2004 releases, such as the Halftooth Records compilation, You Don't Know the Half, The Sound Providers LP, An Evening with the Sound Providers, and Jazzy Jeff's Hip Hop Forever. Asheru used the publicity that he garnered from these stints to release 12 Black Moses b/w B.M.I.G., songs featured on the 2004 Unspoken Heard/Seven Heads release, 48 Months. In January of 2005, Asheru released Insomnia Vol. 1, a collection of 26 trac...

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