Psalm One
Hip Hop

Psalm One

Cristalle Bowen, professionally known as Psalm One, has been consistently named one of the nation's Best Artists by the Chicago Tribune, and in 2011 made her national television debut on MTV's Emmy-winning series, MADE. She released her debut album, "Bio:Chemistry", while studying chemistry at the University of Illinois in 2002. In 2006 Psalm One became the only woman signed to the prestigious, fiercely independent record label Rhymesayers Entertainment after leaving her job as a chemist and releasing her commercial debut, "The Death of Frequent Flyer".

Since then she has toured the globe performing and recording an impressive discography, and has shared the stage with everyone from MF Doom and 50 Cent to Kendrick Lamar and Travis $cott. In 2012 she released a children's album, aptly titled "Child Support" in conjunction with ASCAP and America SCORES, a nationally celebrated after school program. Balancing time between the road and running the hip-hop influenced after school program Rhymeschool, Psalm has always been an insightful, exciting artist to watch. In 2013, she began releasing music under the pseudonym, Hologram Kizzie. Kizzie has released 2 critically acclaimed projects: "Free Hugs" and "Hug Life", the latter named as one of the best indie releases of 2014 by the Chicago Tribune. Also in 2014 she toured and mentored in the US, Haiti and Europe, and spearheaded the Chicago Takeover European tour with Hood Internet. In 2015 she self-released another incredible project, P.O.L.Y. (Psalm One Loves You), and embarked on a North American tour that she planned and orchestrated herself. P.O.L.Y. breaks new ground for Psalm sonically, as it shows a beautiful amount of live instrumentation and group vocals. The album also tackles themes of love, something Psalm has never truly dealt with musically. She opens up about infidelity, long-term love and themes of polyamory. Fittingly, the album was named #3 in the top 10 local indie albums of 2015 by the Chicago Tribune. Psalm has been extremely D.I.Y. in her approach and in a very important and personal interview, recently took the hip hop community to task for their collective treatment of women in music. Also, in 2015 she’s been the driving force behind a new supergroup, the all-female collective The Rapperchicks and has opened not only her stages but her home to cultivating the dynamic outfit. Psalm One and the Rapperchicks have traveled all over the United States and Europe, mentoring and performing songs from their upcoming album. Psalm believes that mentorship and relationship building is the most effective way to make music. It’s also a good way to make history.

She is an intrinsic role model, and is always looking to lead by example. Psalm One aka Hologram Kizzie is an artist that never stops evolving. She's always witty, fresh and eclectic, yet quintessentially hip hop. Her career has been nothing short of inspiring, and with 2016 group efforts like The Rapperchicks' phenomenal "Shitty Punk Album" debut, we can't wait to see where she goes next.