Southern Mississippi is a place were you can find savory sea food, good music, sexy women, and warm sunshine along the beach. Yet and still, it is a place that is filled with hatred, and has a history of terror. Imagine a little black kid, and the uneasy feeling he gets in his stomach while spending the night at one of his closest cousin’s house, when he tells you that the Klu Klux Klan had marched pass their house just the other night..
I often would think about the 14 year old boy Emmett Till who was brutally beaten beyond recognition and murdered in Mississippi for allegedly whispering at a white woman. Thinking to myself, I said how can you hate another person just because their skin is a different tone? I even remember experiencing racism personally as a kid. While outside playing football with two white kids named Nick and Chad, A minor dispute about whose turn was it to have the football happened when suddenly the older kid Chad says “Go Back To Africa”.
As I got older I began to gravitate more and more toward Rap Music. I admired the different styles of Snoop Dogg, Tupac Shakur, The Notorious B.I.G, and Master P. What I admired most in particular was when I saw the raw footage of their concerts, they all brought thousands of people together. They had black, white, mexican, and a variety of other groups at their shows on one accord. I was amazed, I said to myself if my music is dope enough I too can Unite us all.
I thought about how not only is Mississippi known for being a prejudice state but it is also known as “The Birthplace of America’s Music”. I decided that I would too be the reason people of different walks of life unite through my message in R.A.P which stands for Reach All People.
But perhaps even more importantly than all of that, it’s YOU, the listener, that makes all this matter. If you wanna hear my most recent milestone to that journey click here to hear my fresh new album “Unsung”
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