Today we’d like to introduce you to Fivestar.
Hi Fivestar, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
Started off freestyle rapping around the age of seven in the likeness of my father who was a legendary underground LA rapper. The skill followed me into high school as I began to build a reputation for myself by freestyling in rap circles and cyphers. Into my adulthood, at age 19 I was offered my first record deal by an independent label who signed to Interscope. The label didn’t fit my vision so I didn’t sign. A few years later, I started a display of my talent by posting freestyle videos on social media. The buzz from my social media landed me spot freestyling on XXL radio and making a name for myself in LA. Today I am currently set to debut my first official solo project following the collab project I’m doing with another local artist. Outside of my artistry, I have established a Legacy in LA from my childhood endeavors as a published author, entrepreneur and motivational speaker. From career days at local LA schools to connecting with some heavy political figures, I’ve managed to have a unique experience as an Angelino. Having one foot in the streets and one foot in the corporate/political world it gave me insights and perspective I will use to play my part in saving lives and changing the world.
Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
It has been a struggle for me since I understood what struggle was. Even though I’ve seen a slight of success in my childhood, I was always affected by the gangbang and violent lifestyle that growing up in LA comes with. I experienced a hard hit of poverty around the age of 12 due to the illness of my grandparents and loss of work for my grandmother whom raised me. Forcing us to work on a tighter budget, it humbles me. A few years later into high school, my grandmother fell very ill due to a chemical reaction between two different medications causing a disease known as “steven johnsons syndrome” where the victim is plagued with spontaneous combustion and burns from the inside out.
Watching my grandmother fall into a coma, go blind and have her fleshing burned changed me a lot. It sent me into a deep depression. My grandmother ended up surviving and coming home where me and my grandfather cared for her. A few months later, my grandfather passed away on her birthday leaving me responsible for my grandmother’s care at age 15. I made a decision between giving up my hopes of success and turning to the streets or going even harder for what I wanted in life. I decided to go hard for the future I knew was promised to me. Having to overcome wearing the same few clothes and shoes for two years as well as having to drop out of football gave me the skill of resiliency in which helped me catch up on days and school work I missed and still graduate on time.
Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I am a rapper/songwriter. I specialize in the poetic expression of rap. I love inspiring people experiencing pain and struggle. I am most proud of being able to connect with people emotionally through music. I am known for my thought-provoking metaphors. I am most proud of my attention to detail and storytelling abilities. What sets me apart from most artists is my balance. I am well balanced between music for the streets, the mainstream radio, the ladies, the conscious and the club. I can adapt to any genre and still represent my brand. Outside of rapping, I am an entrepreneur, motivational speaker, activist and mentor.
Where we are in life is often partly because of others. Who/what else deserves credit for how your story turned out?
I’ve had a few key players in making me the man I am today. My biggest mentor is my grandmother Kenny Ruth Jones. Without her, I would be dead or in jail no question. I am overly blessed for my bro’s I can’t be more grateful. C.O, KP, Sweeze, CF, O.G, Blacc, Tyree, J Holt, DJ A-Tron, Mardy, J Mic, Dub, Tic, PL, T-Swagg, my lil sister, my bro Demarco Smith. So many names to mention the list could go on for days. I’ve been blessed enough to have some people that love me and support me in my life. I apologize if I missed names, I still love everybody.
- Email: FivestarOGB@gmail.com
- Instagram: Fivestar_OGB
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FivestarOGB/
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/fivestartheg?lang=en
- Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9Nc1yPzRk_xqLg-FiichFA?view_as=subscriber
- SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/fivestarogb
Photo cred : Shot by Nai