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Maddy “MADlines" Clifford



Maddy was born and raised in Seattle and began rapping in high school. Her superb lyrical abilities, love for activism and passion for the stage sparked a deep desire to make her initial pastime into a lifelong pursuit.  By 2010 she'd rocked hundreds of stages, released music, raised awareness about social justice causes and published her poetry. But Maddy yearned for a new environment, a new challenge. She moved to Oakland, the birthplace of the Black Panther Party, that same year. Since then, Maddy has released three solo independent hip-hop projects,  performed widely, spoken on panels and lectured at prestigious institutions.

In 2015, MADlines founded the spiritual hip-hop collective, Brujalyfe with her friend and frequent collaborator, CHHOTIMAA.  Brujalyfe curates shows, healing circles and leads workshops that center women and LGBTQX healers. Soon after, Maddy began collaborating with talented producer, Allie “XOA” Howard. Together they formed the hip-hop band, FR333. FR333 has recorded at Fantasy and Different Fur studios and performed original work at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Most recently, FR333 composed the musical score for Flyaway Productions’ The Right To Be Believed—an apparatus-based dance exploring wage equality, consent and abortion rights.  FR333 is set to complete their debut album in 2018.    

In 2015, Maddy traveled to Kampala, Uganda to teach hip-hop lyricism workshops with local youth. 

In 2015, Maddy traveled to Kampala, Uganda to teach hip-hop lyricism workshops with local youth. 


In 2012, Maddy attained a Masters in Fine Arts degree in Poetry from Mills College. She has seven years of in-depth teaching experience, mainly in underserved communities of color.  She’s worked with such organizations as Powerful Voices, Oakland Leaf, Youth Speaks, Streetside Stories, Performing Arts Workshop and, most recently, she was awarded a WritersCorps Teaching Artist in Residence grant. Maddy uses hip-hop and spoken word to bring the magic of literacy to communities in need.

During the summer of 2016, Maddy worked as a Teaching Artist with The Residency in Seattle. The program offered intensive hip-hop workshops to low-income youth and was funded in partnership between the MoPOP Musuem, ArtsCorps and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis.  One of Maddy's greatest accomplishments was when she served as Hip Hop Ambassador to Uganda through the Next Level Program, a project of the U.S. Department of State and the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. 


Maddy's mission is to leave an indelible footprint in a shifting cultural landscape, one in which young people's dreams for peace can take root. She has helped publish a total of six student publications of poetry, including audio recordings of youth poems, chapbooks, a poster series and a short video. These days, you’ll find her facilitating weekly creative writing workshops at the San Francisco Juvenile Justice Center (a short-term youth detention center for the city and county of SF) through her project, Free Me Fast.