Co-Writer / Researcher / Consulting Producer
Kevin Beacham is a respected hip-hop educator, writer, documentarian, DJ and, most importantly, fan. He discovered and fell in love with hip-hop in early 1980 and has continued on a path ever since to not only be active in the culture, but to continually learn more and share that knowledge and his experiences. Throughout this journey he has been an emcee, breakdancer, producer, manager, DJ, promoter and more. Since 2002, Kevin has been an integral part of independent powerhouse Rhymesayers Entertainment, working in the areas of marketing and distribution and is currently a project manager for the label. He’s been active as a radio show host since 1995 beginning with his Time Travel show on WNUR in Chicago. He currently co-hosts The Current on H2 Radio in Minneapolis with Rhymesayers CEO Siddiq Sayers. For the last 15-plus years he’s also been active as a guest speaker and teacher at various schools, universities, industry events and music/entrepreneurial conferences. Since 2006, he’s been teaching a “Hip-Hop Essentials” class at The Institute of Production and Recording.
Beyond his work for Rhymesayers and Midway, Kevin’s primary focus these days are two of his most ambitious projects to date. The first, Microphone Mathematics, is his first book based on the ongoing freelance column he’s been writing since 1994 that takes a critical look at the evolution of rhyme writing throughout hip-hop’s history. The other is Redefine: Hip Hop — a massive research project aiming to amass the most diverse and expansive database of hip-hop history. No matter what he is currently exploring, Kevin pursues it with passion and never loses sight of the reason he started on this path: the music. Fan first, always.