I remember listening to The Notorious B.I.G’s album Life After Death and falling in love with storytelling. My mother raised me in a Christian home and when I was younger I had to sneak to listen to explicit rap albums. Being with my dad was different. I didn’t live with him until I was 16–only visiting him on a few weekends and over the summer. His music taste was incredible, switching back and forth from Anita Baker, Bill Withers, DMX, Lauryn Hill and even The Jackson 5.
Outside of hearing “Big Poppa” on the radio, he introduced me to Biggie and would explain parts of the storytelling on Life After Death when I didn’t understand. This was the moment I not only fell in love with Biggie’s artistry but Hip-Hop’s intricacy with telling a story. Outside of being an extensive reader (collecting most of the original 1-100 Goosebumps books), Hip-Hop was my home away from home and growing up in the 90’s provided me with tons of good Hip-Hop to choose from. I had listened to Master P, Tupac, and others before, but Biggie’s vocabulary, wordplay, and stories intrigued me the most–influencing my skills and ability to visualize rhymes. As the album touched on chasing your dreams (“Sky’s The Limit”), relationships (“Another”), the street life (“Somebody’s Gotta Die/ N*gga’s Bleed/Beef”), etc., the flow, style, lyrical techniques, production, and skit’s made this album the perfect foundation for any person wanting to be a rapper.
Now here I am, telling my story across the nation, using it and my ideas for Hip-Hop based entrepreneurship, providing a platform for youth to do the same via a Hip-Hop program I co-run with Kartez Marcel called We Are R.A.P., killing my shows, and more. I was 11 when that album dropped and last year it celebrated 20 years. I still listen to it like it just came out.
Favorite Record Store
It’s A Beautiful Day, Mills Record Company, Willa’s Books (Kansas City, Missouri)
Favorite Concert Venue
recordBar and The Rino (Kansas City, Missouri)
The Yeti (Tulsa, Oklahoma)
Other Projects You’re Involved In
They Call Me Sauce
Kansas City, MO
Providing soulful & empowering tunes, Kansas City native, Sauce, guarantees a live performance that will inspire any & everyone. On top of being a go-to voice for the region, and having music that has peaked on iTunes, Amazon, and Billboard charts, he works with youth through Hip-Hop based initiatives. He is available for performing, speaking, teaching (Hip-Hop education), and more.