In the Boys & Girls Club Broadway location there are about 125 youth that attend per day. For the most part they’re all well-behaved small children and teens. There are a few that frequently engage in street life activities. That’s not to say they don’t want good things in life or a positive future. Unfortunately most don’t have positive role models and therefore result to criminal activity.
On any given day Daerou will walk into the studio, chat for a few minutes about his future as a huge rap star, take out his pad and pen, think deeply…………………and then stuff his things back into his book bag only to disappear! This usually happens within the first ten minutes of his arrival and takes place 2 or 3 times a week. One Tuesday afternoon after Daerou went through his normal routine I pulled him to the side for a conversation. We discussed goals, the future and famous people whom he admired. It seemed to me all of his idols were hard workers and understood the importance of sticking to a task. The more we conversed Daerou started to notice this common theme as well. He mentioned Nelly a St. Louis born rapper who shoveled snow during the winter months to earn extra money to record his demo. We also discussed Rick Ross(Miami rapper). I mentioned to him that at one point he was a corrections officer working for the State of Florida. He and I both shared a laugh soon thereafter. Considering Rick Ross reputation as a “street artist” we thought it was comical for him to have worked in law enforcement. By the end of the conversation Daerou realized that his goal of being a rap star would only become a reality if he worked as hard as possible. I issued him a light challenge: If he we’re to come into the studio for 2 weeks straight and write a 16 bar/measure verse each day, I would close the studio for he and friend for one full day. Since Monday Oct. 16th I’m proud to say Daerou has come to the studio and completed his end of our deal. Looks like I’ll have to take a look at my calendar and figure out which day works best!
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