Into-Me-I-See Series 1-Week 4

Month of February 2021  

    INTO•ME•I•SEE features artist Ramel Wallace aka Real J. Wallace. Ramel has a reputation for breaking down barriers and reaching back to pull up the people behind him. He inhabits the mind, body, & spirit of San Diego-based Hip Hop artist, local activist & respected community leader.

From neighborhood freestyler to board member of the San Diego African American Museum of Fine Art, Real J. is as passionate about serving his community as he is dedicated to preserving Black culture through music and storytelling.

In 2014, he founded The Holyfield, a community based organization focusing on music, education & empowerment. In December of 2020 he was named the first Black host of CreativeMornings San Diego.

As a Hip Hop educator he has spoken at CreativeMornings, USD, UCSD, SDSU, A Reason to Survive (ARTS), David's Harp Foundation, and many other nonprofits and institutions about how to use art as a form of social activism and therapy.

For the last decade Real J. has released projects in dedication to The Martin Luther King Freeway (94 Freeway) to suggest the MLK interstate as also an “Inner-state of Mind.” With credits that include albums with Blu and Soulection's AbJo. Real J. has been on the scene for over a decade, opening for Saul Williams, Adrian Younge, Talib Kweli, Blackalicious, Action Bronson, Pharoahe Monch, Hieroglyphics, Snow Tha Product, Blu and many more.

His great grandma, Amelia, moved to Barrio Logan (San Diego, CA) from Pensacola, Florida in the 60's and his greatest accomplishments are being the son of Nia Hillard and the Grandson of Regina Wilson. They know him as The Last Black Man in Barrio Logan.