Ferrari Elite Sheppard (born March 3) is an American painter, writer,
photographer, activist, and record producer from Chicago, Illinois. As
record producer, Sheppard is half of the alternative hip hop duo Dec
99th, along with Mos Def.
1 Early life
3 Social and political activism
3.1 2010–11: Haiti Earthquake
3.2 2012–13: Open Forum: South Africa
3.3 2013–14: Israel-Palestine
4.1 with Dec 99th
6 External links
Ferrari Sheppard was born Ferrari Elite Sheppard and raised in
Chicago. Sheppard spent his first year of high school in Greenwood,
Mississippi with his grandmother.
Aside from being a journalist, Sheppard is a visual artist, music
producer and web-designer and briefly attended The School of the Art
Institute of Chicago.
Sheppard conducted interviews with artists such as M.I.A., Erykah
Badu, Saul Williams,
Earl Sweatshirt and
Little Dragon for Stop Being
Famous, a website he founded in 2009.
November 2014, Sheppard appeared on Anthony Bourdain's travel show The
Getaway alongside Yasiin Bey. The pair traveled to Marrakesh,
In May and June 2016, Sheppard released 3 songs as producer for the
alternative hip hop duo
Dec 99th with
Yasiin Bey - "N.A.W", "Tall
Sleeves" and "Local Time".
On August 1, 2016,
Dec 99th released their fourth song on Tidal titled
"Hymn" accompanied by a statement from the pair, "Condolences to the
families of the slain. Never stop pursuing freedom," likely a
reference to police killings in the United States.
Social and political activism
2010–11: Haiti Earthquake
Sheppard organized a benefit concert in
Chicago called Every Drop
2010 Haiti earthquake
2010 Haiti earthquake relief. The concert featured live
music from Jean Grae, Dead Prez, Rhymefest, Mystic, GLC, The Cool
Kids, and Kids These Days, as well as social commentary from Haki
Madhubuti and Fred Hampton, Jr.. The benefit was to raise funds for
clean drinking water in orphanages and schools in Port-au-Prince.
2012–13: Open Forum: South Africa
Sheppard was a US delegate at Open Society Foundation and OSISA's Open
Forum 2012 in Cape Town, South Africa. International artists,
activists, and leaders took part in The Paradox of Unequal Growth, a
discussion centered on
China and the International Monetary Fund's
role in the development of Africa.
Sheppard traveled to Israel-Palestine as part of an African-American
delegation sponsored by The Carter Center. In February 2014, Sheppard
HuffPost Live to discuss his travel to the region and his
article about the trip.
with Dec 99th
December 99th (2016)
^ Leight, Elias (2 August 2016). "
Yasiin Bey and
Ferrari Sheppard Drop
New Song "Hymn" as Dec. 99th". Rolling stone. Retrieved 27 August
^ "Hey, You're Cool!: Ferrari Sheppard". Mass Appeal. Retrieved
November 5, 2013.
^ "Introduction to
Ferrari Sheppard and Stop Being Famous". RT (TV
network). Retrieved February 17, 2014.
^ "The Getaway:
Yasiin Bey in Morocco - Esquire TV". Esquire Network.
Retrieved November 26, 2014.
^ "Yasiin Gives Esquire A Bey's-Eye View Of Morocco On 'The Getaway'".
Okayplayer. Retrieved December 8, 2014.
^ Reed, Ryan (10 June 2016). "Hear Yasiin Bey's Brooding, Silky 'Local
Time'". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 27 August 2016.
^ Morris, Jessie (1 August 2016). "
Yasiin Bey and Ferrari Sheppard
Drop New Song "Hymn" as Dec 99th". Complex. Retrieved 27 August
^ "Chicago: Every Drop Counts Benefit Concert for Haiti Relief". URB.
Archived from the original on January 28, 2010. Retrieved January 20,
^ "Has democracy brought blind hope to Africa?". This Is Africa.
Archived from the original on November 23, 2012. Retrieved June 11,
^ "The Paradox of Unequal Growth". OSISA. Retrieved December 14,
Israel Palestine's Non-Conflict". HuffPost Live. Retrieved February
Ferrari Sheppard on Twitter