Mason Parker

Actor, Educator, Spoken Word Artist, Hip-Hop MC 

Actor, Educator, Spoken Word Artist, Hip-Hop MC, Mason Parker is a modern day renaissance man. Named Charlotte’s Best Rapper of the Year in 2013 by Creative Loafing Magazine, and most recently Queen City Awards' Male Hip-Hop Artist of the Year Mason's buzz in and around the Queen City continues to grow. A versatile versifier, Mason recently dropped the "Quill" moniker as he gears up to extend his talents into every aspect the arts have to offer.

A former WSSU Poet Laureate and two time featured poet at the National Black Theater Festival recently returned to his theater roots with his professional acting debut as “Herc” in On Q Productions’ “Rhyme Deferred” by Khamila Forbes. Mason has also landed lead roles in productions at the Children's Theater of Charlotte, including "Liars" and the hip-hop adaptation of Stephen Crane's book "The Red Badge of Courage". Mason also portrayed the role of "The Griot" in the play "Miles & Coltrane: Blue(.)" at the International Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Creating lyrics laced with consciousness, Mason's prolific flow makes it easy for listeners to comprehend the true meaning behind his thoughtful verses.
hip-hop scene as a youth committed to lyrics that would ensure his universal message would be brought to the epicenter of the masses. His debut mixtape “Loose Leaf” hosted by 3x Emmy Award winning poet Bluz, proved Mason meant serious business in making his mark in the industry. Mason's appearance at the BET Music Matter showcase at the Legendary SOB's in NYC helped catapult Mason to being one of Charlotte’s most sought after artists. His single, “So Sorry Momma”; one track of many showcasing the true depth of Mason's message was featured on Talib Kweli's Community Mixtape as well as on Kweli’s 2010 "Gutter Rainbows” Tour. In 2015 Mason released the highly anticipated "Loose Leaf vol. 2", and continued to influence Charlotte hip-hop culture while contributing as an On-Air personality at WPEG Power 98FM, Charlotte’s largest urban contemporary station.

As founder of The INKified Inc. Scholarship Fund, Mason has partnered with ImaginOn (Charlotte Children's Library & Children's Theater of Charlotte) and other community leaders to develop and facilitate hip-hop based educational programming for local teens. Mason's voracious dedication to his craft is beyond exemplary. A poet, Emcee, Actor, Educator, and even radio personality; Mason's abundant talent is sure to please every palette.