Mikal Amin Lee also known as “The Hired Gun” is an interdisciplinary hip-hop artist and educator. Hired Gun is a veteran of nine international music and educator tours including extensive work as a State Department Cultural Ambassador through the American Music Abroad program, and as the Artistic Director for the Harlem Biennial “Our Better Angels” project. The Brooklyn resident has implemented master classes, cultural workshops, lectured and performed in over eight countries on four continents including Nepal, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Brazil, France and at such institutions and festivals as Arca Theater (Czech Republic), Columbia, Fordham, Alliance France, Palais De Tokyo (France), Shoko International Festival (Zimbabwe), Hip Hop Kemp (Germany), Azgo Festival (Mozambique), The Bushfire Festival (Swaziland) and The Lourve. The founder of Fresh Roots Music, and co-founder of Re:Education and Say Word Entertainment, he currently serves as Director of Programming for Urban Word NYC.
A longtime veteran in the New York independent hip-hop community, “HG” has appeared alongside such hip-hop legends as Rob Swift, Slick Rick, Fat Lip of the Pharcyde, J-Live, WordsWorth, Breezevahflowin, Tumi and The Volume and The Last Poets. The Hired Gun has been recording and writing since his adolescence but over the last decade has released three full length group albums (3rd Party’s “Pressed for Time”, and “Separation of Powers” and Frequency Activism’s “Hip Hop in Strange Places”.), his debut full length, “The People’s Verses”, and several EP’s and compilations. Currently his Fresh Roots Music imprint is set to release his second solo album, “Nice Guys Finish” slated for 2015.