Divine The 4th LetterHeavily entrenched in Hip-Hop culture, where he has been writing, recording, and performing since a young age, Divine delivers a sound reminiscent of Hip-Hop’s “Golden Era” (1986-1989). Drawing inspiration from the likes of Eric B. & Rakim, KRS-One and Kool G Rap, the Brooklyn, Fort Greene native epitomizes the vibe of that generation, both with his lyrics and his persona to match, as well as those with whom he surrounds himself, counting among his associates Hip-Hop legend and icon Rakim and Hip-Hop/Queensbridge legend and pioneer Tragedy Khadafi. Although Divine may have an enviable Hip-Hop resume, including a 2010 nomination for NYC’s Underground Music Awards’ prestigious “Essence of Hip-Hop” award, he remains humble but hungry for more. As a result, Divine has perfected his craft as an emcee, determined on upholding the purity, originality and creativity of the culture he has held in such high esteem.

Divine’s path has been fraught with the fodder of many hard fought fables. From growing up in the projects without parental guidance and being forced to hustle to survive, to a lengthy federal prison sentence, to eventually aligning himself with Brooklyn’s renowned Fort Greene projects, from which hailed the infamous street legends Kelvin Martin (the original “50 Cent”), and “Killer Ben”, among others. Divine became rather accustomed to street life at an early age. Divine’s disadvantaged situation quickly taught him that he had to fight for everything he believed in to survive, including himself. As a precocious teenager, Divine would broaden his horizons traveling regularly throughout New York City and Philadelphia, observing and absorbing the distinct cultures of the two cities. While incarcerated, Divine learned to harness his social and political awareness and his thirst for knowledge and spirituality, which would later provide a central role in the themes found in his rhymes.

Sonically, Divine’s music is tailor-made for the altruistic Hip-Hop aficionado and purists, blending beloved classic influences with sophisticated introspection woven from stories of street life. Divine’s thought provoking lyricism finds the urban poet fusing his knowledge of self, derived from his absorption into the Nation Of Gods & Earths (formerly the Five Percent Nation Of Islam), an association shared with Rakim, with social and political awareness, consciousness and spirituality. The result is a potent concoction of raw urban rhymes and storytelling that captivates, uplifts, enlightens and informs.

Despite the headiness of his lyrics, Divine strives to stay grounded with the people and remain the everyday man’s emcee, while remaining versatile enough to create mainstream music as well. A magnetic entertainer with deft mic control, Divine moves crowds of all sizes and brings a strong live performance to the table. Believe Divine when he says, “Don’t doubt the clout, the proof is in the science, man, and the science is in showing and proving.” With a charismatic aura and armed with a substantial amount of unreleased titles to his name, Divine has set his sights high as he gets ready to finally unleash his material to the masses.