Mikal Amin also known as The Hired Gun is an hip-hop artist manifesting music and message since 2000. A veteran of thirteen international tours including extensive work as a State Department Cultural Ambassador through the American Music Abroad program. The Brooklyn resident has performed in twelve countries on five continents including Nepal, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Brazil, France and at such legendary venues and festivals as Arca Theater (Czech Republic), Palais De Tokyo (France), Shoko International Hip-Hop Festival (Zimbabwe), Hip Hop Kemp (Germany), Azgo Festival (Mozambique), The Bushfire Festival (Swaziland) andThe Lourve. Mikal Amin is also founder of Fresh Roots Music, and co-founder of Re:Education and Say Word Entertainment.
Mikal Amin’s performed with or featured on records with artists such as Rob Swift, Slick Rick, Fat Lip, J-Live, WordsWorth, Homeboy Sandman, Breezevahflowin, Qwazzar of Typical Cats and The Last Poets. Recent performing highlights include hosting the annual “Restoration Rocks” concert that has featured DJ Spinna, Les Nubians ,Talib Kweli and The Black Rock Coalition Orchestra, and The D.C. Based Social entrepreneur Hip Hop challenge, “Pitch and Flow” featuing D-Nice, M.C. Lyte, Stretch Armstrong and Toni Blackman.
In 2010, his collaboration album “Skillz to Take Brazil” with Rabbi Darkside, and DJ Zajazza paired him w/ international artists from France and Brazil. As a soloist Mikal Amin released two EP’s “The Hits and Pieces” in addition to the full length “The People’s Verses” and in 2015 he released “#niceguysfinish” in w/ co-collaborator ZQ. In 2018 he has released records on the Lyon Based label Amasia Records and with Swiss Hip Hop Jazz Fusion Band, AfroTek, that also features Mike Ladd, and Meshell Ndegeocello among others. A cultivator of the culture, he’s the curator of the highly popular BAM Poetry presents, now re-branded as “Word. Sound. Power.” their exclusive springtime Hip Hop/Spoken Word performance at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.