Accolades

Here is what people are saying about AR-15 [click here for links]:

“[Middlebrook and Wysling] influenced our Multicultural Education Center to get motivated and start doing something toward the cause of bringing all of our students together.”
– Tricia McNorton, Olivet College, Multicultural Center, Albion MI

“Middlebrook and Wysling demonstrate leadership in the white community against racism and white supremacy…The world needs more artists like them!”
– Lian Cheun, Center for Third World Organizing

“Middlebrook and Wysling motivate people to be aware of inequalities and support efforts to change them.”
– Nicole Jacques, Battle Creek Enquirer

“They are phenomenal! They are fun, energetic, creative and hard working!”
– Dr. Eddie Moore, Founder of the White Privilege Conference

“…no bull, radical hip-hop: the kind that has the potential to redefine what it means to be white in the rap game.”
Tim Wise, Nationally Renown Author and Activist

“Jeb’s project is quite significant. It connects us to a group in this society that is often viewed simply as protectors of the status quo—white males. The venue…is used for alliance building and understanding. That is quite important.”
– Dr. Rose Brewer, Department of African-American Studies, University of Minnesota – Twin Cities

“[Middlebrook’s] discussion was more helpful than any assigned reading in increasing students’ appreciation for the politics of race and white privilege…I hope [he] will consider future invitations to speak at USC on subjects pertinent to race and ethnicity, politics, and popular culture.”
– Dr. Lanita Jacobs-Huey, Department of Anthropology, University of Southern California

“Great stuff! Much respect.”
– Jeff Chang, author of Can’t Stop Won’t Stop: A History of the Hip-Hop Generation

“AR-15 goes for broke with the white anti-racist identity, and they are forceful and articulate in their advocacy of the cause. They express their solidarity with movements for change across the globe and encourage other whites to be agents for progress in their own communities, holding each other accountable rather than ignoring the race issue. It’s a necessary message and it is conveyed in a heartfelt manner.”
– Emilee Woods, RapReviews.com

“I doubt whether too many artists would say they support racism, but how many of them are willing to put their money where their mouth is. AntiRacist 15 is a California rap duo whose name stands for the 15 anti-racist principles that guide the group…and with so many white rappers trying to play the rap game by out-gangstering each other, it’s refreshing to hear a group with their heads squarely on their shoulders and their eyes on a distinct prize.”
– Neil Grecco, Pulse of the Twin Cities

“There are two legit MCs here…Good message, better music.”
Dan Vidal, URB Magazine

“[Middlebrook’s] conviction, his stance on race relations in America, his perspective on what it means to be caucasian in America – the passion and conviction that makes who he is and what he stands for unique and important.”
– Sacha Jenkins, Editor, Mass Appeal Magazine

“This MC/PhD student has got a lot of heart, and his mind is focused on bridging the gap in America’s great racial divide…[Jeb’s] about truth, justice, and a better way.”
– Gabriel Alvarez, Complex Magazine

“Thanks for all your work – artistic, political, academic.”
– Dr. Bill Ayers, Distinguished Professor of Education, University of Illinois at Chicago

About the album, Stand in Solidarity by AR-15

“AntiRacist 15’s Stand in Solidarity is a hip-hop album that not only contains tight rhymes and nice beats, but also a call to action to fight racial injustice and raise awareness about the struggles affecting of our nation’s communities. MCs Jus Rhyme and Raw Potential paint provocative portraits regarding the state of America over King Karnov’s often uptempo production, striking venomous lyrics like “I’m outside of the White House for what they did to my house / Took the duct tape off of my mouth / Now I fire live rounds / How do One Five sound?” Stand In Solidarity definitely has its share of important social messages and thought provoking themes, an element fewer and fewer albums contain these days. Check out ‘Soldiers Anthem,’ ‘Extra Money,’ and ‘Ohhh’ for some of this joint’s best tracks.”

“In the wake of the 2008 elections, when most white Americans are busy congratulating themselves on their ‘post-racism,’ AR-15 keep their sites trained on the questions that matter. Their investigations of race and class — and the role white people can play in the struggle for equality — are complex, serious, and important. And you can dance to them.”
– Jason Tanz, author of Other People’s Property: A Shadow History of Hip-Hop in White America

“Although hip-hop has always been more socially conscious than its critics would have us believe, rarely do artists within the genre (especially white artists) bring a critical lens to their work- one that raises issues of racial solidarity and allyship, struggle and mutual aid- the way AR-15 does. The blending of steady beats, conscious lyrics and on-point delivery make Stand in Solidarity a truly valuable addition to the culture of hip-hop, as well as the tradition of activism.”
-Tim Wise, author of White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son, and Between Barack and a Hard Place: Racism and White Denial in the Age of Obama (forthcoming, spring 2009)

“With all the attention given to the sales potential for white rappers and the question of cultural poaching, few critics stop to examine what white hip-hop artists themselves are saying about where they stand in relation to hip-hop culture. AR-15 takes the discussion to a new level on their new album, Stand in Solidarity, where the rhymes are a call to action.”
– Mickey Hess, editor of Icons of Hip-Hop: An Encyclopedia of the Movement, Music, and Culture