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Meet Maki Spencer of YAHWEH in Mid-City

Today we’d like to introduce you to Maki Spencer.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Maki. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
All my life, I’ve been very observant, very curious as to why things unfolded in the ways that they did. When you’re indoctrinated at birth, you aren’t necessarily exposed to an environment that nurtures curiosity, because unchecked curiosity would eventually render all facades null. As I age, I’ve shed the boundaries of the Christian ethic, no longer muffling my curiosity. As I age, I’ve become a bit more literate politically, economically, and spiritually, and though I am but a student myself in each of these respects, I hope to pass on what I know to those who care to listen. The psychologically nurturing environment that I lacked for over half of my life, I’ve now found in a clan of like-minded individuals who understand the urgency of widespread awareness. My friends are the ones who put me on to rapping, which is currently my primary medium for transcription.

Great, 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?
My mother relapsed, left when I was around 12. My father currently battles with addiction and debilitating back pain, and so I’m the only person in my household of 3 (including his girlfriend who’s moved in now) who’s employed. I currently work two jobs as a 17 years old senior in highschool there’s fluoride in the water supply.

We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
I’m a lightworker. I alchemize negativity into positivity, and I aim to spread awareness. Currently, that means I transcribe my thoughts into rap verses that’ll hopefully stimulate the minds of others, and I guess that’s my specialty. I’m known for being overtly positive, even though I do touch on a lot of dark things in my lyricism. But hey, that’s real, and when I say I’m overtly positive that doesn’t mean I’m happy all the time. My cup is always half full. I’m most proud of the fact that I even decided to pursue music, I wanted to for quite some time and I don’t know, I guess it took the right people to inspire me. There’s a lot that sets me apart from people, but there are for more similarities between us. That being said, I don’t think there are a lot of people thinking the way I do. My mindset is something I’ve yet to see in anyone else.

What is “success” or “successful” for you?
Success is freedom, regardless of how you see it. Some people see success as ascending spiritually, freeing yourself from the confines of the human experience. Others fully indulge the human experience and view success and wealth, and wealth is freedom to do whatever you want, whenever you want, so long as you’ve got enough of it. I want to be free by every definition of the term, only then will I be successful.

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Fernando A. Gallardo, Tristan Zabala

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