JOHN VIETNAM NGUYEN
John Vietnam was a creative hip hop artist, a poet, an activist, a youth organizer, a mentor, and a role model to many in the Uptown community on Chicago’s North Side. In 2012, the talented young man passed away while saving a friend who was drowning. Now, John’s friends and collaborators are releasing his debut posthumous album, "Emergence." The album is set to be released this Summer with all proceeds benefiting The Children of Vietnam, a charity John was very passionate about. Jesse Menendez spoke with the album’s producers Mike Spex and Kabashi about John's life, legacy, and music.