In some ways DJ Sicari Ware’s seems like a pretty familiar Detroit story. Within days of arriving here back in 1994 the break dancing Ware was hired by Proof to boogie at Maurice Malone’s Hip-Hop Shop. Ware hung out there with up-and-coming stars like Jay Dee, Eminem, D12 and Slum Village. Eminem’s DJ Head taught him how to rock the turntables. Since, Sicari has won more than a few DJ battles and spins for break-dancing troupe Hardcore Detroit.
Then Sicari split Detroit for a few years, landing in San Francisco, San Diego and Hawaii. Along the way he earned a master’s degree in Public Administration at Kentucky State in 2002.
He came back to Detroit in 2002 for a DJ battle at Hart Plaza and stumbled upon an opening at the Detroit Hispanic Development Center as an HIV counselor. He realized he could use hip hop to reach out to kids in Southwest Detroit.
Sicari has gone on to become the Youth Program Director at the DHDC, which provides after-school classes in video and music production, graphic arts-design, DJ and break-dancing classes and youth entrepreneurship.
While readying his new mix CD, No Doz Mix Tape (which drops this week) and preparing for a tour with Obie Trice in the spring, Sicari has been busy writing grant proposals and working on a project with the University of Michigan to reduce the higher rates of coronary disease in the city. “DJing is a tool to connect with people. I want to use hip hop to change and save lives. That’s my mission in life.”