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Daily Inspiration: Meet Cease

Today we’d like to introduce you to Cease.

Hi Cease, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
Since I was a kid, music and entertainment have always resonated with me. I always had an infatuation with words. I’d spend hours on Rap Genius reading lines of Drake or J. Cole songs like they were literature. It was always like reading a book to me. Throughout middle school and high school, poetry and oratorical competitions consumed most of my time; those competitions were the highlights of my days. I loved being on stage, it was natural for me and allowed me to connect with so many people through the power of words. So after time, that passion evolved into my love for Music. Music allowed me to capture all the aspects of poetry, oratory and culture all in one. Through music, not only am I able to create something powerful and monumental that allows me to be myself but I’m able to inspire others to do the same.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
Absolutely not. The biggest thing has been getting the people around me to take me and my music career seriously. In the past, when I would tell close friends and family members that I make music, I would get mixed reactions. Some surprised, some reluctant, some happy for me but most were definitely doubtful. That doesn’t really happen anymore, but people definitely didn’t buy into the idea of the person they went to school with or grew up with being CEASE now. I think like anything, it just took some getting used to for them. But the more they saw my dedication and the more they saw how much I believed in myself, the more they started really believing that I can accomplish my dreams.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
Anybody that knows me knows how proud I am to be from the West Coast. Las Vegas to be exact. But with that comes a lot of assumptions on what type of music I make or how I sound when I rap. When you not from the West Coast, you already associate the West Side with a specific type of sound when it comes to music. However, when you listen to my music, when you listen to Cease, you get something different. I think what I’m most proud of is that when you hear my music, it transcends across regional barriers. It ain’t the hype music people used to when they listen to West Coast artists, but you still hear and appreciate the West Coast culture in my flow or in my bars, ultimately allowing everyone to relate to it. At its core, at its essence, the West Coast sound is still a part of my music. I’m just trying to pave a different lane that will allow people to appreciate the versatility in the West Coast.

What do you like and dislike about the city?
I would say that the resilience found in the people is what I love most about LA. Everyone is here pursuing their dreams and passions unapologetically. I’m always inspired by the people I meet in LA. What I like the least is the traffic. By far. The city could definitely go without that.

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