“Well I’m a native Houstonian, and I’ve always had a lot of interest in music, even as a child. My upbringing was filled with so much music, I was naturally drawn to it. I also played a few instruments throughout public school. But, to fast-forward, throughout undergrad and graduate school, I used my writing skills to create a platform to talk about music (mostly hip-hop & R&B).
Everyday, I make an active attempt to incorporate music into conversation. I’ve somehow managed to embed music into every aspect of my life. While I’m not a [musical] artist, it’s a large part of how I express myself.
To be very honest, my faith has brought me very far.
Other than that, I’d like to believe I’m a music purist – I just have a genuine love for music and it’s history. I’m constantly in a state of learning – I always want to seek out new information.
God’s guidance definitely leads me, and my love for music helps to shape the journey. My love for music has always played a large role in my life, so one day in graduate school (at University of Houston) I’m sitting in class with my professor and classmates, and I say out loud, “wouldn’t it be cool if Houston had a hip-hop museum?” & since then, my entire program has supported me in conceptualizing my idea. Creating the museum has been two years in the making, and I’ve made a lot of progress. Today, I can say it’s a registered non-profit in the state of Texas, created to help educate the Greater Houston area on Houston hip-hop culture, and cultivate young Houston talent.
Advice I would give to the younger version of me would include being kinder and more patient with myself. To never compare my journey to anyone else’s. If I have tunnel vision for my dreams, and I stay committed to that dream, it can be achieved. Consistency is really important.
If I knew where I was going to be today 3 years ago, I probably wouldn’t have stressed myself as much. There’s a calling on my life that has the potential to help others.”