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“Telling His Story, Keeping His Promises: MOsley WOtta as performer and father Jan, 27 Telling His Story, Keeping His Promises: MOsely WOtta as performer and father Michelle Bazemore January 27, 2013 It’s difficult to spend time with Jason Graham without feeling like you’re in the presence of someone on the brink. Here is a person who has understood the art of performance since he was very small: a kid who could make his divorced parent laugh through her tears after a particularly nasty telephone conversation with her ex; an artist not content to kill it in his hometown; a man who empowers kids to find their voices by directing them to “tell your individual version. The theme has been done, but not your version.” His version is a study in juxtaposition. He is a rapper, but doesn’t embody the mainstream definition of a hip hop star. He is modern, but inspired by ancient themes.”

“Best Band: MOsley WOtta BY ETHAN MAFFEY Look! Up on the stage! It's a rap artist! It's a rock band! It's... expressionist art? The fact is that all answers are at least a little bit true when it comes to describing Bend collective MOsley WOtta (MO WO). The 2010 winner of Bend's Last Band Standing competition has been dazzling local and regional stages with energetic concerts ever since earning that title. Last year they took their songwriting capabilities to a new level. Front man and father Jason Graham combined the storylines into one colossal album titled KinKonK. When Graham was a child, his family moved from the Chicago suburbs to Bend. That fish-out-of-water tale, when magnified through the lens of the 1933 King Kong film and the slave trade, resulted in the fictitious—but reality-based—central character of the album, the larger-than-life KinKonK. The experimental hip-hop concept album”

“Oregon Art Beat”

“Mosley Wotta, Their online profile impressed me, marking them as quick-witted, streetwise social activists with big hearts and tons to say. Frontman Jason Graham asked that we not to be too cool while they’re performing, removed his shoes, then began to rap solo with only a kick-drum to keep time. The name Mosley Wotta refers to mankind’s predominant biological common denominator, water—a metaphor for unity through music. I was moved by his message and conviction: the more you love, the more you know/the more you know, the better you feel/so lets make love at every meal; and each life has a goal, gonna live and die/each death is a change only life provides/each dream is a life which exacts a price/fill my head with smoke. He accompanied everything he said with charades and gestures as if trying to convey travel directions in a foreign language. Graham brought with him a lady named Stephanie Slade, who danced when he spoke and provided tidal waves of vocals on par with Merry Clayt”