From August 14th to August 28th, 2016, five hip hop artists traveled to Cartagena, Colombia, as part of the Next Level program. MC Deirdre “D.S. Sense” Smith, DJ Raymond “DJ Raedawn” Pirtle, Beat Maker Danny “Supreme La Rock” Clavesilla, and Dancer Victor “Kid Glyde” Alicea joined team manager Paul Rockower to perform for audiences and collaborate with local artists to promote cross-culture exchange and conflict resolution. The team is part of a larger Next Level cohort of twenty American MC’s, DJ’s, beat makers, and hip hop dancers leading exchange programs across the globe. You can read more about the artists below. See more videos of the team performing here.
Deirdre "D.S. Sense" Smith is an artist, activist, public speaker and entrepreneur with an extensive recording and performance resume. She has worked extensive to promote women’s and LGBT rights. Her music is a reflection of her city (Detroit) and the best it has to offer, complete with emotion and urban innovation. The purpose of her music is to blend and mix all genres of music that have influenced her. By doing so, she hopes to introduce different styles and rhythms to an audience that otherwise would not have acquired these sounds on their own.
Smith has been honored as svmixradio.com’s 2012 Female Performance Artist Of The Year, nominated for a 2004 Detroit Music Award in the best R&B/Soul category, featured in the U.K documentary “Detroit Ghost City,” and profiled in magazines including Eight-O-Eight Magazine, The Michigan Citizen, Metro Times, and Huck Magazine. She continues to entertain and educate through the medium of music with performances and workshops she facilitates in and around her beloved city.
Danny “Supreme La Rock” Clavesilla is a producer and DJ with over thirty-five years of experience in hip hop culture. He has produced many classic records, been a longtime mentor to many young hip-hop producers, founded and run the independent hip hop label Conception Records, been one of the official DJs for the Seattle Seahawks, taught production and DJing at the University of Washington, and maintained a career as one of the most successful nightclub DJs working today.
He is also a renowned crate digger and vinyl enthusiast who was instrumental in placing a contemporary spotlight on Seattle’s vibrant 60s and 70s soul scene through Light In The Attic’s Wheedle’s Groove compilations.
DJ Supreme La Rock commands the respect of both fellow DJs and artists as well as his ecstatic dancefloors with his discerning ear, impeccable taste, and seamless mixing skills.
Victor “Kid Glyde” Alicea is the president of Dynamic Rockers, one of hip hop’s most historically significant dance crews. In addition to being a world-renowned dancer, he is a committed educator, mentor and entrepreneur, who has also performed extensively in live performances and battles around the world. He is the son of legendary Glyde of the original Dynamic Rockers and has been breaking for twenty years, starting with lessons from both his father and Kid Freeze.
Kid Glyde is the organizer of many major hip hop dance events, including the famous B-boy Massacre series and the unique Octagon NYC battles. He also teaches and is the featured b-boy expert for HowCast.com, an online tutorial website. He remains a prominent and inspirational b-boy in the hip hop community and continues to take b-boying culture to the next level.
Raymond “DJ Raedawn” Pirtle is an award-winning DJ and educator, and the creator of modern deejay musical transcription, a subject about which he has taught and published extensively.
He has developed a successful entrepreneurial approach, diversifying his work into teaching, performing, grant writing, and acting.