Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?
Sophomore year of high school, I would go around and talk with my friends on a regular basis, and a hobby of ours was to see who could rap the fastest. So it started off as mainly messing around, and trying to have fun as a kid, and then it evolved into something much more meaningful in the process. Music was where I could go to let out all the feelings that I had deep down inside. I could press a key or even a button; I could produce a beat, and even put my heart into the track. Music was where I could go in order to be who I wanted to be – I didn’t have to pretend to be somebody or something that I didn’t want to be. Whenever I hit that studio, it freed me and gave me this opportunity to help others know that they are never alone.
Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started doing this?
All the people who have come to me for mentoring has been amazing. Just the thrill of being able to share my gift with others has been inspiring and motivating. Growing up, I isolated myself from people, and never really let them in; now that I started this music journey, it has helped me to grow and get out of my comfort zone. It’s amazing to be able to work with all these people who share the same ideals that I do. We all started off with a purpose, to leave our old lives behind, and help others in the process. This gift started off from a curse and changed who I am today. I don’t thank myself for my abilities, but I thank the people who are in my life, who helped guide me to this potential.
Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”?
My biggest tip to all other artists would be to be yourself, no matter what others think. When you write a song or even make a rap, it all comes from within you. A problem that most artists face nowadays is the struggle of finding their individuality. We strive too much on trying to build ideals of people who we idolize, not realizing that the true gift comes from being you. Being different is a gift; it gives us the ability to stand out. So my biggest tip is don’t try to be like any genre of music, create your own, and never be afraid to be you.
None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story?
I would have to thank my mom, as cheesy as it might sound, the family will always come first. She taught me everything that I know. As a single mom, she worked hard to make sure that her kids were supported, no matter what sickness she was put through. She always found a way to endure. She taught me that the strongest person doesn’t stand out in the way that they look, or even the image that they portray. She taught me that the strongest person is the person who can think freely and truly be themselves. She taught me above all other things the value of caring for others, putting oneself last, because without a change, without somebody to light the fire, this world will never change.
How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world?
Out of all the people who have talked to me, and all the songs that I have put out, I always get one response that tops all the others – people will always tell me that they like my music; they love my ability to rap; they love my ability to sing, but out of all of these things, people respect me in one way – they respect that I will never back down. They respect that no matter the struggles that I go through, no matter what, I will always be me. They love my ability to be spontaneous; they love my ability to be happy, but most of all, they feel like they can relate to me, and that was my goal. You are never alone.
Do you have a favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share a story of how that was relevant to you in your life?
Last year I had a breakdown,
Thoughts telling me I’m lost getting too loud,
Had to see a therapist then I found out,
Somethin’ funny’s going on up in my house -NF
While growing up, I was bullied and picked on. I was always told that I would never fit in; I was always just a nobody. It hit me one day that being different is alright. I may think on a different level, and that’s alright, but my ability to think and my ability to be me is what will always have gotten me this far.
Some might call me crazy; some might call me insane, but I call it gifted. -Reggy Roach
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