Filipino American Tag

Power Struggle (MC) Documentary

Yo, brother Nomi aka “Power Struggle” (Beatrock, Odd Jobs, Kill the Vultures). Bro is an educator, musician, and organizer who not only writes about the struggles of working class people and does it with incredible hip hop songs. Nomi is from Minneapolis but he’s been in the Bay for nearly 20 years and a comrade in this work to make art from the heart and simultaneously speak about the struggle for liberation whether it be specifically about Pinays, People of color, the Filipino diaspora, or young men of color. 

Listen to his new LP! Out on Beatrock music!

If you’re in the Bay tomorrow you can catch him performing and listen to his new LP in Frisco!
And if you don’t know him check out this short documentary about him by Eric Tandoc
Dig this? Check out this remix of Dead Prez’s “Hip hop” by Pele Durian Funk

Kindred Journey 3-Willy Santos

Can’t remember the first time I heard Willy’s name and i’m no skate expert. But I always remember him being around. Riding. I remember hearing his name. Willy was born in the Philippines in 1975. He moved to the US with his family in the early ’80s. When he got to the US he was inspired by some local guys in San Diego to start skating at the age of 10 or 11. By 15, he was a professional skater being sponsored by companies who made skate decks, wheels, shoes, etc. He began to skate with Tony Hawk’s company Birdhouse and has been with them for two decades. Willy also owns several skate shops in San Diego called Willy’s Workshop. Willy is not only a huge inspiration for young Filipino Americans and all kids here in the states, but he also goes back to the Philippines often to support the emerging skating culture there.

Sources: HBO-East of Main St series (video, Wikipedia,