Raz Simone is a hip-hop artist from Seattle, Washington. His inspiration stems from his diverse life, as opposed to any musical predecessors. Growing up Raz did not listen to any music. It wasn’t until he started writing poetry, then speaking his powerful words over movie scores that he realized he was rapping. Mixing creative foresight with entrepreneurial spirit, Raz produces, raps, sings, designs graphics, and directs videos all under his independent label, Black Umbrella.
Raz Simone’s latest full length album Cognitive Dissonance: Part II was #1 on the CMJ Hip Hop Chart for a total of 6 weeks, and was named CMJ’s #10 Hip Hop album of 2015 via the Year End Chart. His 2013 EP “Samuel Solomon Simone” reached #5 on the CMJ Hip Hop Chart and was named one of CMJ’s Top 50 Hip Hop albums of 2013 via the Year End Chart.