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Shining Soul's Anti-Border Hip-Hop Gets Militant on Sonic Smash

by Jeff Moses MIlitant chicano / indigenous hip hop duo Shining Soul have been putting their gritty brand of rap out for more than three years, and they've got an impressive rep to show for it. Alex Soto and Franco Habre, also known as Liaison and Bronze Candidate, have opened for Mala Rodriguez at Crescent Ballroom and also played Save the Peaks benefit concerts at Rusty Spoke -- basically the Phoenix equivalent of being respected from the streets to the boardroom.

With a battle cry of "hip-hop is resistance," Shining Soul has earned their reputation as a preeminent local hip-hop act through passionate live performances and walking their talk. "Resistance," for Liaison and Bronze Candidate, is more than just a lyric.