Sheikia S. Norris, lyrically known as Purple Haze was born in the birthplace of Hip Hop, The Bronx. Currently residing in Newark, New Jersey, Purple’s performances and classroom engagement are dynamic and unforgettable! This independent international Emcee rocks with funk & soul to naturally connect with ease. She is transforming the use of her authentic expression to inspire audience movement, hearts, and minds. Enthusiasts of the art form appreciated her energy, her impeccable flow, and a clever deliverance of truth. Haze has mastered her own rich style of spitting lyrics with both power and substance.
After working with Billboard’s Music Festival and Awards in 2003, Purple began developing her skills as an independent performing artist gaining interest from a wide spectrum of notable professionals across various industries. Her award-winning performances in H2C2’s 24 Hour Rap Athon led to a video produced by Video Music Box’s Ralph Mc Daniels, incorporated in BET’s The Black Carpet & Rap City.
Haze’s notable appearances include BET’s 2010 Black History Campaign, Pepsi’s Mic Pass, Joe’s Pub, Solomon’s Porch, The 5 Spot, S.O. B’s, Lenox Lounge, The Blue Note, Atlanta’s Apache Lounge, The Apollo 75th Anniversary Celebration, Black Girls Rock @ City Museum of NY, Newark Symphony Hall and New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC).
Haze is recognized as a skilled performing artist, presenter, and creative leader in Hip Hop Education. Acknowledgments from participating as a “Lady’s First Fund” grant recipient, NJPAC’s Hip Hop Intensive Program Director, Next Level Program U.S. Cultural Diplomat, Hip Hop Culture Center in Harlem Artist, a former member of Toni Blackman’s Rhyme Like A Girl Collective (Freestyle Union) and up and coming curator for Hip Hop arts education and performance. Purple is a diversified talent poised for success in a host of areas.
From audience member to the first rap artist to perform at NJPAC’s Sounds of the City, from performing, hosting, and curating NJPAC’s Planet Hip Hop International Festival, to teaching artists for the Center for Arts Education, Haze is deeply engaged with New Jersey Performing Arts Center. Currently, in the role of Artistic Director of the Hip Hip Intensive, the first cumulative Hip Hop Culture & Arts Education program in the nation, she is committed to causing the effect.