St. Cloud, Minnesota born and raised. On the basketball court is where I spent most of my days. Basketball is the first love of my life and I almost can’t put into words what the game means to me. My dad left out on us when I was 5 and I haven’t seen him since, but he did put a basketball in my hands. I know what you’re thinking, typical story of a rapper. The main problem was that my mom didn’t have a job when he left so we went bankrupt and ended up without a place of our own. My mom got a job working overnights at Wal-Mart. She would go to work at 9 pm, get home around 7 am, and get us ready for school. Then she’d sleep for a few hours and come pick us up, get dinner ready, and bring me to basketball practice. Then she’d go right back to work. She did that every day for years, going off 5 hours of sleep and lots of times going 24+ hours without sleep if I had tournaments on the weekends. We never had many nice things and she never had money to spend on herself, but she always made sure I was able to get new basketball shoes every year, that there was food on the table, and that basketball was in my life since she knew how much it meant to me. That stuff right there is what motivates me. Basketball was what I did to keep my mind off all of the problems at home after my dad left and my dream became to use either basketball or music to get my mom from that 1 bedroom apartment to a house that she deserves for how hard she’s worked. I feel like her strong work ethic is a trait that was passed on to me, because I’ve had to work for everything I have.
Living in St. Cloud, Minnesota for 18 years was enough for me and so once I graduated high school I decided to take my talents to the University of Minnesota to pursue a degree in computer science. A lot of people don’t know that about me but I’m a HUGE nerd. That’s why I’m always dropping lines about Dragon Ball Z and stuff I guess (super saiyan slayin’ these radio stations). Making the choice to try getting a good degree and give up playing basketball at a smaller college was one of the tougher choices I’ve had to make. One of the deciding factors in going to this school was because I knew I wanted to pursue music, and that Minneapolis was the perfect place given how strong of a underground hip hop community it has. The other deciding factor was because my brother and sister live here, and my niece and nephews mean the world to me so I wanted to be as close to them as possible.
I started writing poems when I was in the 3rd grade. We did a mini unit on it in grade school and I enjoyed it so much that I just started doing it on my own. Around the 9th grade is when I started rapping and turning poems and stories into songs. I also started producing and making beats my freshman year of high school as well but never really got to pursue it as much as I wanted to since the equipment I needed was so expensive and I didn’t have a job yet. My senior year is when I started getting a lot more serious about music and I began writing songs with the intention of making a demo tape. After my freshman year of college I got in touch with a producer from Excelsior who owned a studio and we created my debut demo tape, ‘All In’. The response I received on it was EXTREMELY humbling. I was getting messages from people I hadn’t spoken to in years saying how much they enjoyed it and asking for physical copies. That’s one of the only times I really ever feel uncomfortable is when I get complimented on my music because it just makes my heart go crazy and I don’t know how to respond.
If you are reading this, THANK YOU for taking the time and being interested in my music career. I know every artist says this, but it truly means more than I can put into words. Check out the blog I’ve started by scrolling down to it, or by clicking the menu on the top titled ‘Happy Beats’. Shoot me some questions or comments by using the ‘Contact Me’ page.
Within the next month expect to see a couple new tracks. I’ll be debuting them at my first performance at the Whole Music Club!
September 25th. Whole Music Club on the U of M campus.
I’ve been keeping this on the hush hush, but now as you can probably tell I’ve finished creating my own website! Hope you enjoy it!
What is Happy Beats?
Well for starters, it’s a blog I created. CLICK HERE to check it out!
To tell you the truth I’m not entirely sure right now, but this is what I want it to be:
“Connecting people through good music and positive vibes! Trying to show you why I love hip hop, the culture of it, and what fuels me as an artist.”
That’s the objective.
It was inspired by my friends and family who have sat through hours of me rambling trying to tie together thoughts into explaining certain songs or lyrics. As some of you know, I spend hours of my free time on Rap Genius annotating lyrics and explaining songs. This is sort of my personal version of that.
Except there’s a BIG difference.
This isn’t going to only be hip hop. No, my friends… This will be bigger than the Internet itself.
Yes I grew up on hip hop. BUT, I’m not a closed minded elitist when it comes to music. Once I opened my mind to my friends’ favorite bands/songs I have developed a love for all types of music. What I want to do is connect all genres and people. While I will be focusing on hip hop and my own music, I want to learn as much about you guys and some other music you love as well.
So let’s talk about what I’ll actually be posting on here…
Women. Lots and lots women.
I’m not going to write that idea off just yet, but in all seriousness it will be a combination of things.
Song of the week! It’s back baby. Some of you might remember my junior year of high school where I did a song of the day. It seemed to be a crowd pleaser and I loved doing it personally. So I’ve decided this is a perfect place to do that. Basically I’ll be talking about anything I want to about the song. Whether it’s the music video, what I like about it, lyrics that stand out, or whatever.
I want you guys to send me suggestions for song of the week! On the top of this website if you click on the ‘Contact’ menu, you should totally submit a song or 50. However many you want. Whenever you want. Seriously, I’m not joking! Doesn’t matter what type of song it is. If there’s ever been a song that you want me or other people to hear, this is the spot!
So song of the week sounds pretty sweet, eh? On top of that I’ll be posting about songs I’m in the process of writing, updates about recording, and all of that good stuff.
This blog is going to be all about good vibes and good music, so I’ll be posting anything that warms my heart or something that I want to share with you guys in hopes of brightening your day.
That ‘Contact’ section on this site is pretty sweet as well. If there’s any questions you guys have ever wanted to ask me, I’ll more than likely answer it! Whether there’s a lyric you want me to explain, what I had for lunch today, or whatever. It can be as personal as you want, but if it never gets answered you can assume that it was a little over the line. Feel free to ask anonymously if it makes you feel better!
Finally, one thing I want to mention is how amazing it would be if you guys post COMMENTS on the blogs! The whole point of this is trying to connect with all of you so getting some good old discussions going on here would be insanely cool! Tell me I’m in an idiot if you want. Tell me YOUR favorite part of one of the Songs of the Week. If I like a song someone submits that I’ve never heard before, comment with some other songs like it or some other songs from the same band! Anyways, it is 5:53 A.M. so off to bed I go. I hope you guys enjoy the blog!
Again, CLICK HERE to check it out!