Thank you for stopping by to check out my website and listening to some of the music I have been inspired to write and produce. Here's a little bit more about me.
Mission & Vision - I am on a quest to bridge the gap between Spirituality and science. I feel it is the key to unlocking the mystery of life while helping heal humanity and the planet. I thrive on helping people level up in life while enjoying the ride along the way.
Hip Hop Influences - 1980's: Eric B & Rakim, Run DMC, Beastie Boys, DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince, Rob Base & DJ EZ Rock, KRS-One, LL Cool J, Young MC - 1990's: Common, Nas, Wu-Tang Clan, Naughty By Nature, Gang Starr, Notorious B.I.G., Tupac, Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, Public Enemy, Rage Against the Machine, A Tribe Called Quest, Busta Rhymes, De La Soul, Outkast, Mobb Deep, Fugees, Pharaohe Monch, Missy Elliott, Jay-Z, Eminem - 2000's: Talib Kweli, Yasiin Bey (Mos Def), Lupe Fiasco, Atmosphere, Aesop Rock, Jurassic 5, Grayskul, Immortal Technique, Macklemore, Linkin Park, B.O.B., Kid Cudi, J. Cole, Kendrick Lamar, Run the Jewels, Kanye West
Inspired by beats from - DJ Premier, Rick Rubin, RZA, Dr. Dre, Pharrell/The Neptunes, The Alchemist, J Dilla, Slug, Missy Elliott, Swizz Beats, Timbaland, Kanye West
7 Albums that changed my life over the course of a year - Nas: Hip Hop is Dead (Dec. 2006), Common: Finding Forever (July 2007), Talib Kweli: Eardrum (Aug. 2007), Kanye West: Graduation (Sept. 2007), Grayskul: Bloody Radio (Sept. 2007), Wu-Tang Clan: 8 Diagrams (Dec. 2007), Lupe Fiasco: The Cool (Dec. 2007)
7 Albums that inspired me to rap - Beastie Boys: License to Ill (Nov. 1986), DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince: He's the DJ I'm the Rapper (March 1988), Rob Base and DJ EZ Rock - It Takes Two (August 1988), Tribe Called Quest - The Low End Theory (Sept. 1991) Naughty by Nature - Self-titled (Sept. 1991), Ice Cube: The Predator (Nov. 1992), Wu-Tang Clan: Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) (Nov. 1993)
Why hip hop? I was influenced by hip hop at an early age. I remember listening to Run DMC, Beastie Boys and the Fresh Prince himself, Mr. Will Smith back in the 80's. I used to love reciting lyrics along with the songs. I remember transcribing lyrics in my notebook by rewinding the cassette tapes (how we've evolved!) until I had the whole song down. I would even perform at our annual block parties on Shoreline Drive, still to this day! I never thought about recording and performing in public until I actually had a cause I felt was worth writing about and sharing with people. This was back in 2006 when I experienced what could be described as a spiritual awakening, but to me, I just felt the need to spread peace and love around. Hip hop was the medium I chose to help accomplish my mission. I felt it was something I could stick with because I was passionate about my mission and the vehicle of hip hop which I chose for the ride. I have been doing this on and off since 2007 when I performed my first show at the Penny Road Pub in South Barrington, IL (Thanks for the nudge, Jeff!). I was hooked from that point on, to varying degrees. After more than ten years, I still feel the need to keep spreading my message of peace, love and community: Now, more than ever! It's something that has become a part of who I am. It helps me to express myself creatively, and it makes me feel great to do something that others enjoy. When people tell me that it inspires them to become a better version of themselves, or set out to attain their goals and dreams, I know I have accomplished what I set out to do. So I will keep on doing this until I feel I do not have it in me anymore. However, I do not see that happening any time soon. :) Thank you for taking the time to learn about why I continue to write, produce and perform hip hop music. Sending out peace and love to everyone. Be kind. Go thrive.
Sharing Peace, Love and Community with the world through art