Community Organizer & Raptivist

  

Leo grew up in North Oakland, at a time where the process of  gentrification has partially swept the neighborhood. Being displaced at a  young age, suffering from homelessness, and other experiences helped  Leo unbound resilience.

MERCER is a group of artists who strive for a generation of youth who  are strong willed, socially aware and committed to having a positive  impact on their communities by promote and providing artistic and  educational movements to under served youth and others through hip hop  music and culture.

Leo’s journey through the Bay Area continues to leave traces as he  struggles gracefully through gentrification and dealing with the flow of  Oakland’s changes. He shuffles through relationships, mindsets, and  most importantly, the uphill quest to pay Bay Area rent and take care of  his family while making an impact.

Csuiite Interview

By Michaela S.

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R&B Performance @ Yoshi's Legendary Jazz Night Club, Oakland Ca

June 25, 2018

Music By: Mercer Brotherhood

Footage By: Black Camera Productions

Leo Mercer's Music Videos

2x Award Winning Music Video "PLUS"

Directed / Written / Edited By Leo Mercer

Shot By Luis Montoya

"Free Young Baby Huey" By Leo Mercer

Performed By the Determination Black Men's Group 2017

Directed By WolfHawkJaguar of 393 Films

Shot By Luis Montoya

Bay Area Anthem "3AM In Oakland

Song Written, Performed & Directed By Leo Mercer and Infamous Taz

Shot By Xaltus Media

Getting It In (Kill Bill Remix)

Song Written & Performed By Leo Mercer and Cap Fitted

Shot By Leo Mercer & Dymnd Jxhnny

Poems & Speaking Engagements

Speaking at Local City Town Hall

April 2017 | Oakland, California


Leo joins assembly members in unorthodox fashion in the public comment section to recite a poem.

Assembly Members (Left to Right) Rob Bonta, Nancy Skinner & Tony Thurmond

Poem " Think About It, PLUS"

KPFA's Sideshow Radio Interviews Leo Mercer & Infamous Taz

December 2015 | Berkeley Ca


Leo & Taz explain how they met at KPFA and how the stars aligned around forming the #LEGVNDKLAN group.

Leo Performs "Think About It, PLUS" 

at WithLoveFelicia's monthly Verbal Gumbo Open Mic Event

April 2016 | Omaha, Nebraska


At the time Leo was living in Omaha, and decided to join the arts and culture community in the area. The were welcoming with opening arms.