Listen To The Fortune Cookie…

Fortune Cookie

 I always love going back home to Detroit. I cherish every opportunity I get to spend time with my family, eat home cooked meals, and shoot the shit with childhood friends… It’s where I grew up. Is it sad? Sure. Detroit’s not the easiest place to grow up in. But over the years I developed a bond… not with the city necessarily, but with the people.

I feel equally as attached to Los Angeles, a place where I spent my early childhood, the city that I currently reside in. I love the culture… the liveliness of it, it’s the city that feeds artists! It’s a place where creativity is actually encouraged!

Growing up in Detroit, as a songwriter, was far from easy. Success, especially in the arts, seemed to be a far fetched fantasy to most. I was told that I was crazy. I even had a high school teacher, put in a question on our final exam, that was related to my aspirations with music. I believe the question was worded something like, “The worst rapper in the world is…” True or False. The week I was offered my very first record deal, my best friend told me his parents didn’t want him to hang out with me anymore because I was “corrupting him with my music.” Countless arguments with my father about how I was throwing my life away. If I had a dollar for every time… well, you get the picture.

Going back to Detroit last week made me realize the last few years have been really good to me.  I’ve been blessed with a great team of supporters: I work on new music daily with my favorite producer and write songs with artists that I grew up listening to. It’s a trip sitting in the studio with an artist you grew up on!! And then there are those sweet sweet full page write ups from Maxim, Rolling Stone, Blender and even MTV.com praising the kid! One even comparing our work to Hans Zimmer’s.

Anyways, I tend to ramble on a bit. Long story short… I got a fortune cookie in Detroit… and I hope it’s right!

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