Today we’d like to introduce you to Ammon Mendes.
Hi Ammon, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
I was born and raised a good part of my life in Brockton, Massachusetts, which is considered “the hood” by those there. I come from a family of immigrants who of which hailed from the beautiful country of Cape Verde. Growing up, I had a great, fun childhood. My father is a musician from his home country and toured the world frequently when my brother and I were growing up. Thus, we became a bit closer to our mother who was the best mom out there. For years, there weren’t many issues in our childhood until around 06/07 where my brother and all his friends became victims of gun violence. Due to my brother having been shot, he and I was forced to move with my father in 2007, who lived in Downtown LA then, this move to California was a big cultural shock because in Brockton, besides the typical demographic we find across most cities of black, white and Latino, we have a very large Cape Verdean population and the most common religion was Catholicism or Christianity.
When I moved to California, I was introduced to Israelis, Iranians, Armenians, and Jewish culture. I had to learn many new ideas about culture and human beings while living out here. Being in LA was great for my teens and adult life for the most part as I have thoroughly enjoyed my youth here. However, we did struggle greatly to survive. My father’s expenses skyrocketed with taking in two young men and having to move into a larger space in the Beverly Hills area. Though somewhat ironic considering the area, we did not have lots of money while living in Beverly Hills. It was a struggle nearly every month to provide a better life for us in this new area. Family members back East helped us to pay rent at times, put food in the fridge and help me travel back to the East Coast. I am always extremely grateful for those in our family who helped when we needed it. Over time, we became more stable with our finances but it took a better part of a decade to become so. Now we do well for ourselves and have lofty goals for our family, having been in the affluent Los Angeles area for so long.
I spend 1-3 months every summer since 2008 in Brockton to visit my mother and the rest of my family. I never felt disconnected from my city or people but has become my home as well. Dual-citizen, if you will. I always rep my home city and will never not do so. My childhood and experience there helped shape my mentality and make me who I am today. Couple of mistakes here and there, not always right, but I’m always real, that’s how I sleep at night.
Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I make music! I haven’t released anything in a few years but I have been working on a small EP that I would like to drop this year. I also like to invest and study stocks & crypto! I have been doing so since 2017 so we have been following this trend for a while.
My other main focuses are health and fitness. I think it’s extremely important to be conscious of what we put in our bodies every day and to continue to build our bodies to better levels to ensure quality AND quantity of life. I have been plant-based for 6+ years. I did all the levels of plant-based eating from conventional, to raw vegan, to fruitarian, to whole food vegan. I’ve taken my body to great lengths via fasting for 1 day to up to 40 days. I believe I have a solid understanding of human physiology and love to spread what I’ve learned about myself for the chance of helping someone else!
Alright so before we go can you talk to us a bit about how people can work with you, collaborate with you or support you?
You can find me on Instagram under the handle “negus.know”. I post my music, interests, fitness videos and more there! From there, you can DM me if you are interested in working.