TribalAstroFunk Beats and Conscious Raps
Known to experiment outside of genre, Resonant Sun’s music can best be described by the name of his second album “TribalAstroFunk,” which is a combination of hip-hop, reggae, jazz, and downtempo breakbeats. Alongside the unique groove of the music are fluent lyrics which range in topic from ecological awareness to hemp activism to the nature of time.
As a hemp activist, Mayan astrologer, and Universal Religion minister, what Resonant Sun has to say may be a little different from what most rappers talk about in hip hop songs. Resonant Sun is a true M.C., one who knows how to create music ceremonially. His music is more edutainment than entertainment, but it can be hard to tell when you’re being hit with melodic grooviness, a dubby downtempo funky breakbeat vibe, simple yet elegant.
Resonant Sun is a founding member of the Galactic Council Hip-Hip Crew, which is an independent collective of artists who collaborate on different projects from CDs to event production, meanwhile bringing freestyle rapping, or cyphering to the forefront of their agenda. In 2008, The Galactic Council released “Galactic Funktions,” a compilation made by the collective, produced by Resonant Sun. Special guest artists in the Galactic Council include local Bay Area residents Rocker-T from award-winning sound system Jah Warrior Shelter and Seasunz from the Wisdom crew.
Less known about Resonant Sun is that he is also the creator of a Jewish hip-hop album called “HipHopShabbat” released in 2004, which fuses traditional Jewish prayer and hip-hop. “HipHopShabbat” opened the door for hip-hop prayer within the Jewish community and Resonant Sun, (aka Doctor J and Yo-Natan) has travelled nationwide teaching youths about how to mix hip-hop and religion.
Besides his music, which is his first love, Resonant Sun feels his greatest accomplishment is making “The Universal Religion Synchronometer,” a calendar which combines the time systems of the major world religions into one calendar. Religions included are the Hebrew, Muslim, Chinese, Mayan, Krishna, Ethiopian, Celtic, and Gregorian calendars. Resonant Sun’s love for the many spiritual cultures is reflected in his lyrics, which he feels are his offering for a more enlightened world.