Rough beginnings, rites of passage, or so they say.
I've been on this grind for all of my adult life and all of my teenage life, hell, all of my pre teen life. My. Whole. Life. But during those late teen and early adult years I was introduced to the local Memphis rap/music scene. As a 16 year of kid still in High school I began hitting open mics and putting myself out there to perform. I was the youngest guy on the scene, most if my peers were 28+. Therefore I learned alot, not because the older guys were deliberately teaching me, but because I have a gift of discernment. But before I realized that gift, it was tested. Alot. In these 7 years since I've started taking this serious, I have been in more life threatening situations than I can count on both hands and feet. I'm still here.
Around 2011/2012 I met two other rappers that were more similar to me in age. First I met Preauxx. A hip hop artist that had put in quite a bit of work at the time. His name was buzzin on the scene. I intended for us to link. We did. Things turned sour pretty fast. Barring the useless details of this situation. We went on to continue our grinds on our separate paths. But we always continued to run into each and even do shows together. But we never linked up again. Until 2015 when we decided that we were both being childish and needed to squash any unnecessary drama. Then, he split, dramatically from his long time crew/label. He moved out to Atlanta and Boom. Then we started making some crazy moves.
Shortly after I met Preauxx in 2011/2012 I met another rapper, Ray Rebel from Harlem, with southern roots. We vibed with each from the jump. We just had different circumstances, but also very much the same. Specifically we had no good older energies around us, who wanted to hold us back. We went our separate ways. Ray Rebel had already made a name for himself in Memphis. He moved to Atlanta in 2014 to build. Shit got rough, because some of those same negative energies were still around. Long story short, he cut those off and got back to the basics. And started making moves.
2016, this is my first A3C and I come in the door on an official level. Matter fact, I has two official showcases with Stankonia and Swisher Sweets. It was only right that I linked up with Preauxx and Ray Rebel in Atlanta. That link up has made us all come to a realization, we really had been through a lot of shit on this grind. We were the young niggas on the scene and we built our brands big enough for them to be recognized in different cities and states across the country. But we also realized that we are STILL on it and ain't quit. Many rappers have come and gone in these last 5 years. We ain't gone no where.