Q. Why did you want to participate in the talent show?
A. I wanted to prove to myself and others that I could do it and my classmates really pushed me to give it a try...and my dad, he inspires me - he encouraged me too.
Q. Where do you practice and were you nervous about performing on stage?
A. I usually practice in my room or in my dad’s man cave. I’ve always wanted to perform on a stage and in front of my friends. I was nervous at first, but then I realized that it wasn’t that bad. The audience was filled with my friends, teachers, and family; I felt 100% supported by everyone.
Q. Who are your musical influences?
A. My favorite rappers are Tupac, Eminem and Jay-z because all their raps have meaning. It could be happy, sad, dark or uplifting, there is always a deeper meaning behind their lyrics, a commentary about life that I can relate to in my own way.
Q. Are there specific songs you identify with?
A. My favorite raps are “Not Afraid” and “Toy Soldiers,” by Eminem. He talks about how you shouldn’t be afraid to speak your mind, and not to let anyone silence you, I have a voice. I like “Toy Soldiers” because it is about tragedies and how to deal with them. We’ve all been through stuff and as a teenager in the South Bronx, it’s relatable. Oh, and Tupac’s “Changes,” those would be my top three.
Q. Why do you write raps?
A. I want to spread positivity and it helps me cope with stress. There’s a lot of bad stuff going on in the world. I know that I alone can’t stop all the terrible things that are happening in the world, but if I could influence and inspire others to be, do and feel better then I would have made a difference. I want my raps to make a difference.