Farooq Al-Said, professionally known as "Said," is an artivist (artist/activist) from Toronto, Canada, residing in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Said has gone from a once incarcerated individual to a K-8 classroom teacher and now serves as Director Of Operations for the national Arts & Activism collective, 1Hood Media.
Formally known as Ayatollah Jaxx, the Black and Lebanese MC was signed to a major label in the mid-2000s. Said released his critically acclaimed debut album "Hello, Hip Hop" and spent time ghostwriting for many artists before becoming disenchanted with the music industry and focusing his arts, activism, and education efforts. Helping create an award-winning Arts & Education platform, Hip Hop On L.O.C.K, Said merged his musical endeavors into social activism by teaching in juvenile detention centers, schools, and even the University of Sydney in Australia.
Said recently released his first album in over ten years, "The Kid With The Golden Arms." A semi-autobiographical journey that chronicles his evolution from being heavily involved in the streets to childhood trauma and the political climate made him switch career paths to activism. Riddled with political commentary, punchlines about social issues, and criminology, The Kid With The Golden Arms, delivers one of the freshest offerings Hip-Hop witnessed in years.