Dubbed the voice of "Holycity".
His hardcore voice formed his stage name "HoodRaised".
Still planted in the neighborhood he has grown up in "Hoodraised" has since become a member of a well-known Spokenword Artist Group 3BM (Three Brothers and a Mic), he has also formed a school of art that produced "Team At Ease entertainment, he is the host of his own set "At Ease Sunday's" 6 years running, in Oak Park, Il.
Hoodraised has released 6 CD's "Transitions" 2007, "Lion and the Mic" 2009, "Mind over Matters" 2013 which have gotten rave reviews from the "Spoken Word Lounge Magazine" and blogs Such as "Mr. Openyenated", Refocused 2014, Invisible ceilings 2015 and in 2017 he released Jotted Gems a book and album that explored his personal journey as a man. He holds several titles as a national award-winning poet 2017 NPA's Erotic poet of the year, Open mic of the year, "The Malik Yusef Wordsmith of the year award 2013, Lyricist of the year, Prince of Poetry", The Spoken Word Lounge King Pen'' and was honored at The Rising Stars Entrepreneurs Gala for being a positive influence in his neighborhood. He has also had several poems published in various newspapers.
He's opened up for Grammy Award-winning artist Malik Yusef , Mary Mary and has shared the stage with BET comedians B. Cole, Shawn Morgan and T.Murph.
Hood is taking his talent in Spoken Word to new levels, staying true to his words "I don't have to change my space in order to change my fate".