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Conversations with Bonkerz

Today we’d like to introduce you to Bonkerz.

Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
I started off by writing poetry as a kid. I even entered a contest in the 5th grade where you had to write a poem about your mother. And if your poem won then you would win a diamond for your mother. It was a big deal because it was a statewide competition. I didn’t place in 1st but I did come in 3rd place!

So even though I didn’t win the diamond for my mom, I still won her a ruby, which was an accomplishment for me. After that, I felt like I was solicited In my craft of writing and ultimately led to my confidence in writing music as well. I wrote my first rap song shortly after that in the 6th grade. I always loved music and had an appreciation for rap music because I was the target audience within the culture. Once I was in middle school and high school, I got into rap battles and freestyling with the homies. In college, I continued to do the rap battle and freestyle. When my dad died in 2008 that’s when I actually starting making music in a studio setting. I made a song for my dad on his birthday. My brother heard the song and told me that I really did have talent and that I should invest in actually working towards my music career. That really helped catapult me into having faith in my own craft.

And from that point on, I kept making more songs. I finally released my first project in 2013, “Never Kontent”. Then I moved to China to play football and teach English to the youth. I still continued to make music while I was out there and performed at many different venues in China for about four years. Once I got back to the states and back to LA, I felt like that’s when I went full Bonkerz. To me, at that point in my life, I had finally developed as an artist and I could finally put in the real effort needed to advance my music career. I had come to know who my target audience would be and what my brand was. Everything I had been through lead me to be able to completely take off with my dream.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
I feel like the biggest life obstacles was that of losing both my Father and then my mother while navigating and surviving life. Losing loved ones is never easy, especially when trying to maintain motivation to keep pushing forward to obtain your dream. The lack of financial knowledge makes It challenging for those living below poverty line and often results in crime and illegal street activity. Which then again makes it challenging navigating the music industry. Trust no one! I would have to say the biggest barrier in all this has been me trying to stay true to who I am while trying to stay consistent with latest trends or social platforms. It’s easy to get caught up and it’s easy to do a quick funny video to become famous but I always wanted to stay true to me, to Bonkerz.

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
A lyricist and an audio engineer and I also have a career as a Director of ENE working in skid row, helping those experiencing homelessness find affordable housing. I am most proud of my education because not only do I have a degree in Criminal Justice I also went back to school and got my degree in Engineering. And I feel that also set me apart from most rappers or artists out there because not many have a degree let alone a degree in engineering. I also have directs ties to my community with the work I do on Skid Row. I truly do have a connection to my community and a desire to help invest back into my own community, this sets me apart.

How do you define success?
I would define success as wealth, prosperity, happiness and great fortune. Not necessarily referring to only financial wealth but wealth in all the areas that are important to you. Having true happiness in my life signifies success in my perspective.

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