Baye Harrell Archive

Welcome to the interactive timeline of Baye StraightForward Harrell's creative work. Click "CONTINUE" at the bottom right to begin to explore and visit each exhibit of his professional and artistic history. View the timeline in 3D by selecting "3d" in the lower left corner. (2D is recommended for mobile devices.)

Note: The timeline includes some (but not all) of his creative contributions devoted to promoting social consciousness and cultural awareness.

1989-09-01 00:00:00

When the Pen Meets the Pad

Baye finds a passion for writing

1991-12-28 00:00:00

Stepping Onto the Stage

Strawberry Letter Performance

1993-12-28 00:00:00

Learning the Ways of Recording

Baye's first studio recording experience.

1995-09-19 21:32:18

I'm the DJ, I'm the Rapper

Baye gets two turntables and 'borrows' albums

1995-10-01 00:00:00

Original Hueman Prophets

Baye (seen lower left) forms the rap group Hueman Prophets with several classmates and takes on the stage name “Philosophy.” Two of the other members are pictured here: Sadiq Ali, upper right and Mustafa “DC Soul Child” Johnson, upper left.

1995-12-01 00:00:00

"Places Things” audio of Baye's verse snippet

Baye and the original Hueman Prophets members (Omaro Farquharson, Sadiq Ali, Mustafa Johnson) record their first song in a professional studio. The song “Place, Things” was produced and recorded on the budget of $100 (each member chipping in $25).

1997-08-01 00:00:00

Freestyle Union

Baye reconnects with friend Jabari Exum and joins the Freestyle Union, a collective of emcees developing lyricism and the skill of freestyling under the leadership of Toni Blackman. The Freestyle Union is anchored by the larger community of artists that frequent the U Street corridor of NW DC.

1998-06-01 08:27:25

Nomadic Medicine

Baye recorded at Urban Intalek studio with the newest incarnation of Hueman Prophets which included himself, Jabari Exum, and AmadouKouyate (engineer: Bill "D Salaam" Vaughn). This song which was written and produced by the new collaboration is entitled "Nomadic Medicine." Support vocals are provided by freestyle union member DJ Stylus whom happened to be in the studio.

1998-10-01 06:13:29

HP at State of the Union Show

Baye, form a new incarnation of Hueman Prophets with other members, seen here performing their first show at the landmark State of the Union Nightclub in 1998. Although they were underaged, the group was given the opportunity to open for fellow Freestyle Union members and mentors, Priest Da Nomad and Storm the Unpredictable. The featured song is an early version of the song “Last Griot.” Other group members include: Jabari Exum (vocals), Amadou Kouyate (kora), and Hasani Nophlin (off camera).

1999-02-01 06:13:29

Divine Warfare Tour

Baye begins to cut his teeth as a DJ on the Divine Warfare tour under mentor Chike the Aboriginal. The tour would go to Columbia University during winter of that year.

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