Musa Moore’s two loves are music and politics (in that order), for they both have the ability to stir and serve the conscious of a people.
Musa is about the business of advocating for the working, disenfranchised, and or powerless members of communities in New York and elsewhere. He has done so in various roles, including: New York State (“NYS”) Committeeman and Democratic District Leader; Director of Housing and Social Services with NYS Senator Carl Andrews; Political Organizer for the NYS Public Employees Federation; Lobbyist; Political Consultant, Campaign Manager, and/or Campaign Advisor to Letitia James (NYC Council/NYC Public Advocate), Eric Adams (NYS Senator/Brooklyn Borough President), Clarence Norman, Jr. (NYS Assemblyman/Kings County leader), Bill Thompson (NYC Controller), Eliot Spitzer (NYS Attornery General/NYS Governor), Karim Camara (NYS Assemblyman), Hakeem Jeffries (NYS Assemblyman/United States Congress), Beth Mason (Hoboken, New Jersey Councilmember) Dawn Zimmer (Hoboken, New Jersey Councilmember/Mayor) Rodney Moore (North Carolina General Assembly), Nora Anderson (Surrogate Court Judge, NYC) and countless Civil Court judges throughout New York.
Musa is a product of the times and place in which he grew up, and has earned, with hard work, a caring attitude, and perseverance, all that he has obtained in life.
Born in Brooklyn, New York, Musa’s musical flame was ignited when he first heard the late great Gil Scott-Heron chant “say what’s the word, Johannesburg” on the classic song entitled “Johannesburg” which highlighted the struggle against apartheid in South Africa.
During the time Musa was studying Martial Arts under the late great Sensei George Cofield at the legendary Tong Dojo, he met his future rap partner Brian Murphy a.k.a. D.B.S. (Devestating Beat Supplier). Musa attended Murry Bertraum High School with future hip hop legends: A Tribe Called Quest, Jungle Brothers, and X-Clan.
Supported by James Murphy (Big Murph) the two formed the group D.B.S. and The Choice MC and would go on and record a number of songs including “Ain’t no stoppin”‘, “Is this hype”, “Built to kill” and the one that would become their signature song “Reality”. All songs written by Musa.
After the group separated, Musa went on to manage the late hip hop legend Big L (Columbia Records), write and direct the number one rap video “Survival of the fittest” by Mobb Deep (Loud/RCA Records), co-executive produce “Chocolate” remix single by Sandra St. Victor featuring Yo Yo, Nonchalant, Leschea, and Phajja (Warner Bros. Records), co-executive produce the album “No dress code” performed by Rodney Kendrick (Polydor Records France) and discover, manage, and co-executive produce the R&B group Profyle (Motown/Universal Records) who scored a number one hit entitled “Liar” and who’s first album “Whispers in the dark” is widely considered an R&B classic.
Music allowed Musa to travel the world from North America, Central America, South America, Europe, and Asia. The business of music was also a good training ground for what would be Musa’s next endeavor, and second love–politics.
What drove Musa during his venture into the music business is the same thing that drives him now, whether it’s music and ideas or politics and ideas, it’s about making use of the “grace” that has been shown him, by making life better for the many in need.
One of Musa’s proudest accomplishments in politics thus far has been supporting and working with Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson as they embarked on a journey to defeat former D.A. Charles Hynes. This was a race everyone said was impossible to win, but against all odds, they made history and won.
The journey continues….