Born in Southern California to Panamanian parents, Blacc released his first hip-hop mixtape in 1996 and was associated with the indie hip-hop scene for many years thanks to his rap duo Emanon (alongside DJ Exile) and touring with the collective Lootpack before going solo. In 2006, he signed to niche indie label Stones Throw Records and released his genre-bending, debut solo album, Shine Through, followed by 2010’s, Good Things, concocting a vintage yet current sound. Good Things, which has been certified gold in France, Germany, and the U.K., spawned the massive international platinum-selling single “I Need A Dollar,” which also became the theme to the HBO series How To Make It In America. The single went on to sell over two million copies worldwide, and Good Things over a million units globally. In 2012, Blacc was nominated for two BRIT Awards (Best International Male Solo Artist and Best International Breakthrough Act).

Aloe Blacc and his wife, singer Maya Jupiter, were the 2014 celebrity spokespeople for Peace Over Violence's Denim Day in LA & USA campaign. Their involvement brought increased awareness to the annual campaign, which supports survivors and educates people about sexual violence prevalence and prevention. Blacc and Jupiter are dedicated to social activism and frequently volunteer with Peace Over Violence, leading songwriting workshops for teens. Together, they recently founded Artivist Entertainment to bring together likeminded artists for positive social change.

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