Set Information: 5:30–6:15 p.m., EMU Green
AJ is a University of Oregon senior from Lakewood, California. His style is contemporary conscious rap with influences ranging from anime and ’90s cartoons to social deconstruction and the Black experience. Through his music he hopes that the audience realizes that hip-hop is more than just the wave of music right now wherein there are still talented lyricists and dope MCs out here. He also hopes they are inspired and realize that nothing is out of their reach because he recalls spending countless weeknights during his freshman year in the Hamilton basement writing rhymes, recording on his terrible Blue Yeti microphone, attempting to mix and master the audio, and now, he’s performing at the Willamette Valley Music Festival. Everything good comes in due time and it certainly requires a lot of hard work, dedication, and sleepless nights, but looking back at what he’s been through, he knows if he can make it, then anyone can.