“I’ve seen this experience translated into classroom settings, text books and in intense educational documentaries,” explains Adimu Madyun, also known as WolfHawkJaguar. “But, I wanted to translate it into the hip-hop genre because that’s what I come from. I don’t think this is a story that’s ever been told in hip-hop and that’s why we say now the Orisas are speaking English. Really, they are now speaking in the hip-hop genre.”

The emcee, actor, poet, filmmaker and educator is referring to his new video “Throw the Rope” off the upcoming “Hunter Poetry” movie. He explains the song is an ode to Eschu – who in the Tradition of Orisa, owns the road of in between. Eschu also is known as the beginning and the end, which is why Madyun started off with this ode.

“Even though it’s based on a particular spiritual tradition I think it’s universal,” he explains. “If you’ve ever needed answers, then you’ve been to the crossroads of indecision.”


The single is the first in a series of eight that the Compton native/Oakland resident plans to release monthly. Each music video will function as a sneak peek of the film “Hunter Poetry,” in which Madyun chronicles his spiritual journey to remove all doubt and self-hate. The choice to use hip-hop was a natural one for the rapper, as was the decision to create a film and star in it. He is a member of Hairdoo, the director and producer of the award winning documentary “Operation Small Axe” and has acted for television. These are his passions, these are his skills, these are his tools.

“I’m a griot,” he explains, noting the rich tradition of storytellers who moved from village to village spreading news and sharing lessons and traditions of their people.  “In order to be able to do that, you had to be able to sing, you had to be able to act, you had to be able to teach, you had to be able to demonstrate in picture form, whatever, in order to get your message across. If I’m a griot and I’m a storyteller, I can’t limit myself.”

Limitless possibilities could be a tagline for WolfHawkJaguar who has made is mission to not get caught up thinking about potential road blocks.

Exhibit A: For the filming of “Throw the Rope,” he and his team weren’t delayed by the lack of a budget. Instead they pulled from resources already available and worked with what they had.

“I think a lot of people get stalled because they start throwing in too much stuff in and never complete projects,” Madyun says, listing issues like lack of label or marketing team as reason artists often use. “They build so many ‘I don’ts’ into the equation that they eliminate all of the magic that they have with them by taking that first step and saying that I know I can do this.”

For some it may seem like lack of planning, but for WolfHawkJaguar it is the power that comes once doubt is moved from the equation. His motto is “conceive, believe, achieve.”

“I think the forces are already aligning themselves around the masses being able to hear my music. Whether it’s a million or it’s a hundred, I believe that the people who hear it are going to get something out of it and that’s what Ashe is, that’s what the power is, because I’m giving it a piece of me and you can feel it.”

 

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