Prop spent most of his childhood in a predominant Latino neighborhood of LA. There was a sense of multiculturalism from the very beginning. His dad was a Black Panther, which also inspired the rapper’s worldview.
He went to college and graduated with degrees in illustration and intercultural studies. He taught high school for six years and had a hand in founding two charter schools in LA, one of which had a focus on the arts. Prop joined up with hip-hop collective the Tunnel Rats in 2003. By 2007 he resigned from teaching to pursue music full-time and began touring as a solo artist. He joined the Humble Beast family and unveiled a series of four albums that put his music on the map. Propaganda’s 2014 album, Crimson Cord, was released for free, but still managed to top several Billboard Charts. He’s toured with Krs-one, Murs, De La Soul and Lecrae, and played Warped Tour, Rock The Bells and Smokeout Festival.
Propaganda’s ideas stem from where he sits at the intersection. He observes how cultures cross and inspire one another, and he knows that we are all connected. He has worked with church leaders, and spoken out in meetings about global hunger and talked to politicians about police reform.