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Named one of the Top 100 Artists On The Verge by NMS and “one of Chicago’s ten hottest rising artists” by the Chicago Tribune, Sean Eric-Baraka Butler, bka Sean “SB” Butler, is at the forefront of a hip-hop revolution. His motivational lyrics and passionate stage show have earned him international recognition from devoted fans and industry insiders alike. Likewise, his commitment to addressing social ills and promoting positive values in his music have drawn comparisons to U2 front man, Bono,  Zach de la Rocha of Rage Agains The Machine, and reggae legend Bob Marley.   Such reception has enabled him to share stages with a host of celebrated acts including Erykah Badu, Common, Kanye West, Amel Larrieux, Talib Kweli, Kindred The Family Soul, Eric Roberson, Twista, Snoop, Lupe Fiasco, Rhymefest, De La Soul, KRS ONE, Dead Prez, Redman, Method Man, Camp Lo, The Pharcyde, Souls of Mischief, Slick Rick, Coco Brovaz (Smif N Wessun), Jon B., Brotha Ali, Kev Brown, Oddissee, Wade Waters, Sean Toure, Sonia Sanchez, Jessica Care Moore, and many others.

A refreshing blend of hip-hop with influences from soul, jazz, rock and R&B, SB’s music convincingly takes hip-hop to a new plateau. While his music signals a much needed change in contemporary content, he has successfully garnered airplay from core commercial radio stations such as New York’s 107.5 FM (WBLS), Chicago’s 107.5 FM (WGCI) and 92.3 FM (Power 92) without any of the profanity and vulgarity that is prevalent in the genre today. Focusing instead on producing quality music with substance, his songs have been featured on numerous college radio stations and mixtape compilations in the U.S. and abroad. A feature on the FREE Magazine mix CD  extended his fanbase to include followers in London, and Johannesburg, South Africa. He has also been featured as a musical guest on a nationwide broadcast of the WGN Morning show,  the Tastemaker TV  show on WGN, as a special interview guest on the “Greatness In You” show on  ABC’s Livewell Network and has appeared as a performer on the FOX and NBC evening news.

An outspoken advocate of education, SB is a primary contributor to  “Balancing The Bias”, a book  and teaching companion by author and Soul Poetry Café founder, Terrence Seaphus. Designed to teach literary and critical thinking skills, SB’s chapters deal with utilizing hip-hop’s universal appeal as a forum for achieving these goals. As the founder of the R.E.A.C.H. program (Revitalizing Education, Art & Culture through Hip-Hop), he presents these principles through interactive workshops, primarily at the grade school and high school level. Committed to uplifting the youth, SB, performs as both an entertainer and a motivational speaker at various grade schools, high schools, colleges and universities across the country.

SB’s debut full length album, “REVOLUSEAN”, featured production from Kanye West mentor No ID (Common, Jay-Z, G-Unit, Toni Braxton), Hula, Dejion & K.Fingers “Azza” (Will Smith, Jazzy Jeff, Missy Elliott), Tye Hill (Felix da Housecat, Sean “P-Diddy Combs), Allbangaz, and the talented Soul People band. The album can be purchased at iTunes, Amazon, CD Baby and hundreds of online etailers.

SB is currently scheduling tour dates in the U.S. and overseas. If you are interested in booking SB as a performer or speaker, please contact us immediately at booking@sbhiphop.com