I was born in Portland, Oregon. I have 3 sisters and we come from a hard life. We were consistently in and out of different cities and our mom worked hard to try and make ends meet, but it was never enough. I ran the streets at a young age because I had to. I had no choice but to learn how the streets worked to survive. Hustling to survive is something I would wish on no man, but rather hustling to get to the level they needed to. I learned to hustle at a young age and it was all I knew how to do. I always knew how to get in and out of something because if I didn't I would surely be killed. I've been in situations where I wished death on myself and I knew I had to do something to survive. There were times in my life where I wanted to end it because I thought that was the only solution. Then the fans that I had at that point kept me going and made me think I'm thankful to be alive and have fans that really care. Those fans I had early on helped me in more ways than I can begin to articulate.
Life was a struggle but I continued with my craft. I didn't have much support. My success was growing but it was costing me money. I had to figure out real fast what I wanted to do. I knew I wanted to continue to do my music but I also knew it couldn't go on the way it was. I got a job to support myself while I continued to pursue my dreams.
Music came into my life at a young age and I began to grow from it. I started break dancing at 15 but couldn't continue due to being in a bad accident at the age of seven. I found that music was my strong point. I kept working and developing my craft. I decided to make it a career at the age of 18. I sold my first album from an independent label. On the streets, I calculated 27 thousand units. I was very happy and decided this career was going somewhere. I started performing all over the US and people started requesting me. My fan base was growing at a rapid speed. It was so amazing people wanted to know how I managed to accomplish it. From that point, I opened a company called New Live Productions which was a great hit. It gave artists, dancers, and talent a facility to work out of mastering, recording, and dancing.
Not knowing who my father is was tough because I had to watch other families on picnics and family outings and realize that was something I would never have. Although I've been through a lot of pain in my life music always kept me on the right path. Many people talk about where they've been in their life. I don't look like I've been through a lot. Music for me is my blood without it I can't breathe or think right. Songwriting isn't just writing a song it is sharing my life experiences with my fans.
I have experienced things in my life most people only read about or see in movies. I have overcome obstacles that would have stopped other people. I have survived homelessness as a child, multiple near-fatal accidents and being pronounced dead at birth due to complications in my mother's pregnancy. I have had to fight from the moment I took my first breath and haven't stopped since. This attitude is what led to my winning the West Coast Hip Hop Awards five years in a row.
My life was never a great life and I had to work very hard for what I got. I was born poor and living on the streets was no fun. I learned things that I wish I never learned but I thank god that I did because my third eye is open and I see what's going on. Living through the struggles that I have been through has made me the man I am today; the man who can create music for the masses. I am a poet by trade and my mom is a singer so my voice comes from her. Giving people a pure and rich sound because that's what I come from: no sugar coating and all real. #uneekint