Percks: Born in New Jersey, I’ve been rapping for approximately 10 years. I started out by battle rapping in the 4th grade with my peers. However, I didn’t start to take making music serious until my mom and stepdad moved me and my two siblings to the Allentown Pa area half way threw my 5th grade year. Struggling to adjust to making new friends and the lack of seeing my dad who moved to Charlotte NC with his new wife and stepdaughter I started to write acapella raps to cope. I started getting in trouble and being rebellious in middle school and my mom and stepdad couldn’t quite handle my behavior. They were constantly concerned about the nature of the lyrics I was writing when they would find my raps laying around. I was in and out of therapy for a lot of my childhood so maybe they took my lyrics literal. So at the end of my 6th grade year I moved to Charlotte with my dad where I had access to garage band on my stepmoms computer. Using garage band I composed my first ever batch of songs to beats. I called it “Demo to Interscope”. As far as quality goes, it was ok considering I put the beats together myself, never used any recording program before and was only 12 years old. What was cool was it told a story. By the end of my 7th grade year I had a reputation as a pretty badass battle rapper in the school I attended AG middle School. But once again I kept getting in trouble this time for truancy. At that point my stepmom had left me and my dad in Charlotte and moved to Washington State with her daughter which as a chain reaction my dad went off the deep end and started doing heavy amounts of drugs like opiates. We ended up homeless and constantly evading the social worker who was assigned to keep me under control and stable. Due to my father’s drug addiction, he sold everything we had to support his habit and we ended up homeless. Finally my mom and my social worker tracked me down and I got sent back to Pa to live with my mom and stepdad which is where I’ve been living ever since. Throughout the whole period of time from the 7th to 8th grade I continually kept writing raps but didn’t get to record any of them until I built my own home studio in my basement. The quality was trash but it was good practice for when I got to record with better equipment. Between the time I was in the 11th grade and graduating I got expelled for selling percaset and had to retake the 11th grade. In that time I wrote notebooks full of rap because I had nothing to do but pretty much smoke weed and walk back and forth to Matt Mccan’s house (the kid from 16 and pregnant) to write music. At that time I was at a pretty low point in my own life and like my dad became addicted to pills but eventually kicked the habit on my own. During my 12th grade year I teamed up with my friend Rudy Fajardo aka Cee Lo Chances to record my first ep called the “Broken Union” which pretty much told the story of how my senior year went which was actually pretty eventful. That’s where the tracks “How I Do” and “Broken Union” came from along with 6 other songs. The ep got great local feedback within my school but had no promo so it really didn’t get anywhere. Currently I’m working on what I would like to be my first album “Food and Shelter”. With this project I’m telling a story from a more grown perspective about addiction, homelessness, and the repercussions of crime because I’ve seen all to many people close to me get locked up for various reasons. However I don’t plan to release any of the material I record for the project until I know that its going to get heard because that would just be a waste.
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