Da’Shade Moonbeam in his own words:
To say that I am simply a Poet or a Hip-Hop artist, would not be an accurate description as to what I do, or who I am. I choose to express myself through many artistic mediums, and I am constantly pushing the limits of these artistic forms to avoid categorization. But if I must classify myself, then I choose to be called, an Artist.
My mentors have always told me that I am so far ahead of my time that my work may not truly be appreciated by human beings, until we’ve mastered the science of Terraforming distant planets throughout the Universe. Life has taught me that a person can be many things, so I trek beyond conventional definitions of titles and boxes, to shed the spotlight on what I am, and where I am currently.
Da’Shade Moonbeam is; a Martial Artist, a Poet, an Emcee, an Actor, a Cinematographer, a Stage & Film Fight Choreographer, a Photographer, a Film Editor, a Script Writer, a Sketch Artists, a Teacher, a Mentor, a Sound Constructor, a Singer and a Warrior. This list is constantly expanding, and I may be one of these art forms more than the others, at any given time.
I am a self-proclaimed “Street Nerd” that has had a Love affair with the Martial Arts since the tender age of 7 years old. The Martial Arts were my first love, shortly after came Poetry, the Spoken Word, and Music in the form of Rap and Rock. I am a two-time National Poetry Slam finalist, and an internationally ranked Slam Poet. The subject matter covered throughout my collective catalog of work, include, but are not limited to: the on-going exploitation of women, men, and children through human-trafficking, slave labor, and sexual exploitation; love lost and obtained, happiness, the hood and Nerd-dom.