MC Yogi Opens Up About HIs Past at Wanderlust Speakeasy

  • September 22, 2014
  • By MC Yogi
MC Yogi Opens Up About HIs Past at Wanderlust Speakeasy

We inherently expect rappers to have street cred, and that those who don’t, make it up. But when you’re dealing with one of the yoga community’s favorite mindful hip hop artists, MC Yogi, it would be easy to assume that his deep knowledge of yogic tradition and archetypes means he’s been a student of yoga forever. In this brave Speakeasy from Whistler 2013, however, the man known as MC Yogi shares stories he’s never told publicly about his journey “from darkness to light, from confusion and illusion to the realization that love is the solution.”

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About the Author

MC Yogi

MC Yogi (aka Nicholas Giacomini) grew up in Northern California, painting graffiti & listening to hip hop music. He spent most of his high school years at a group home for at-risk boys where, inspired by artists like the Beastie Boys & Run DMC, he began writing and performing his own raps for friends at house parties. Hip hop culture provided both a soundtrack and a creative outlet during MC Yogi’s turbulent teenage years.

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At age 18, on a whim, he joined his father for a yoga and meditation intensive with a famous spiritual teacher from India. Deeply moved by this unexpectedly powerful experience, MC Yogi devoted most of his free time to learning everything he could about the ancient discipline. He spent the next two years studying the physical forms of yoga as well as meditation, philosophy, and devotional chanting.

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MC Yogi’s dedication to yoga did not diminish his lifelong love of hip hop. Now, by combining Indian music and mythology with infectious hip hop beats, MC Yogi creates an exciting new sound for a new generation of modern mystics, urban yogis, and conscious hip hoppers.

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