Chicago....

The story starts in one of the greatest cities in America....

The Chi....

He was raised by some of the most beautiful women to ever grace this earth....strong...hard working...spirtual...take no mess women who taught him to love...to work hard...and work hard is what he did....

He played ball...was a natural talent and did anything and everything to perfect that natural ability....to be the best...

He goes to the best schools but not because his parents could afford it...he was on the other end...the opportunity presenting itself cause his fam couldn't afford it but either way....he was in there....and he took full advantage of the opportunity...working hard....always....

He was not only noticed by colleges but all his peers saw him...they saw his dedication...his focus and his will to always be the best...always be the winner....one dude in particular....let's call him Blake, was a couple years older....Blake would see dude around campus over the years and always had the most respect.....when he graduated Blake went on to open a store...a clothing store, in one of the most pretentious neighborhood in the Chi and when the opportunity presented itself...Blake had dude come down...told him that he SAW him...that he Respected him and wanted him to be the best he could....he noticed dudes shoes and clothes needed some TLC and so...that's what he provided...Blake encouraged him and made sure that dude stayed extra...extra fly and what an impact that had...what an impact....

What have you done to help someone reach their dreams....there are so...so many things that can be done...large and small to make sure all in the world reach their full potential....but this giving...this help must be done with no strings....you may give all you can to help someone....your whole everything but if things don't turn out as you thought...as you saw....you must know...you must remember that you did all you can...you did your best...that they did their best.....

Fast-forward....the dude is now THAT dude...him and his crew....they are running things and running the court....opportunities calling...opportunities knocking...opportunities pulling up with cars...money...clothes and gifts....opportunities...opportunities...opportunities but how quickly those opportunities  can change....

One late crazy bday celebration changed those opportunities...the dude and his crew were out and the bday boy wants to drive...he's wasted but convinces his crew that he's a great drunk driver...they concur...give him the keys....next thing they know...they are hittin railroad tracks going 85...they fly into a pole....head on....

The after math in nothing short of a miracle....one of the members of the crew...the one that was always in class...always did his homework....was the nice guy...always looking to do the right thing....had his seat belt on and walked away from the crash with not one scratch....the driver....he got it the worse....he was not wearing his seat belt and broke everything from the waist down....couldn't walk for months...and last but certainly not least...that dude....he too was not wearing his seat belt and upon impact, his face hit the windshield....sending his whole body into the dash.....

All the doctors told them that they should have died...that not one of them should have made it out of that crash but they did....unfortunately their ball careers were over but they had their life and that was the most important.....That day....the dudes perspective on life changed...like a fog had cleared from his head....he stayed positive...he stayed remembering his blessings and continued through life....and he continues through life through music....he writes...he raps...he writes...he raps and he heals....mentally and physically....and through this process...he taps into and perfects one of his other natural talents...

Do YOU let situations teach you...do YOU let situations mold you into a stronger person....do You let situations show you how strong you can be....how you can not only get through things but you can do so while always learning...while always growing....

I've recently had the opportunity to meet that mention "dude" and what a soul...what a human....he is a music artist that is on his way to the top but the impact and imprint that he has had on the world is already huge....he has shown that your dreams are only a product of your current situation...you current opportunities....but when your situations and opportunities change....you must do so as well...you must adjust....you still dream...you still work hard but you adjust...and you must do so with happiness...peace and the understanding that life will ALWAYS present different situation and opportunities and you must be ready to grab...ready to jump....ready to be happy...period.....!!!

My meeting this gentlemen was simply chance...but I'm so thankful that chance presented itself....it's only been a few months but the encouragement and convos have been priceless and although I don't wish that tough journey on anyone....I'm thankful that he made it...that he's making it and that he's willing to share his story....

Thank You....