Pierce is front man of the genre-bending The Beast, hailed as a "natural, engaging blend of jazz and hip hop," by Jazz Times Magazine.
Pierce has featured on albums and soundtracks alongside Derrick Hodge, Robert Glasper, King Mez and Maya Angelou.
Lift Every Voice and Sing Nnenna Freelon / Homefree Download
Black Candle The Black Candle Soundtrack / prod. Derrick Hodge ft. Robert Glasper Download
The Catch Up Shirlette & The Dynamite Brothers / And Lovers Like / ft. Jocelyn Ellis Download
Nat Turner Blackademics Annual Review / ft. Maya Angelou Download
Black Fantastic DJ Booth Exclusive / prod. Simtraks ft. King Mez, Kaze Download
"The Beast are adroit students of genres, and their hip hop-speckled jazz arrangements are evocative of hybridism in one of it's coolest forms, that of the boom-bap shifting after the bridge to some 'ol cool-jazz downbeat shit variety." - Okayplayer
Pierce has taught music, African American Studies and Political Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and North Carolina Central University. He founded the blog, Blackademics in 2006.
  • This collection of select Blackademics interviews dates back to 2006 and explores race, revolution, sexuality, spirituality, politics, polyrhythms and more with artists, activists and academicians who have shaped generations of Black culture. From Maya Angelou to Rakim, enjoy these one-on-one interviews with some of my inspirations.

Pierce has developed workshops and curriculums internationally; conducting 'Bebop to Hip Hop' in New Delhi, India with the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz; teaching 'Beat Making Lab' courses at Yole!Africa in Goma, DR-Congo; and teaching spoken word at 'Poetic Justice' workshops in the Durham, North Carolina public schools.
"Pierce brings a depth of knowledge and passion in both his performances and workshops. Through his innovative yet eclectic style, he connects with all types of audiences." - Atrayus Goode, Movement of Youth

Speaking Engagements

Conscious Campus
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Pierce Freelon

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Good Evening ft. 9th Wonder
Freedom Part 2 ft Suede
Rise Beyond the Sky