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Meet Reyko Green

Today we’d like to introduce you to Reyko Green.

Reyko, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I was always a phenomenal writer, excelling in English. I found a liking for poetry in the third grade because it helped me voice myself. Growing up, I was extremely shy, didn’t really have friends but knew everyone, stand-offish because I had to be. People feared my maturity at a younger age, so I couldn’t relate to a lot that was happening because I was thinking different.

Writing to me at the time was putting my words into emotions & helping me cope with the things I couldn’t understand in my life. I started writing music in the 9th grade, I had a friend named Le’andre Parks, one of the most influential people I’ve ever come across when it comes to rhythm. We had an essay due & my essay was so good the teacher had me read it in front of the class, & after he heard he asked me to write a rap & bring it to school the next day, I did & henceforth we are now. It’s not easy being an artist because though you’re turning your dream into reality, you still have to deal with life, but I find inspiration in pain & I’m thankful for every hardship I’ve ever endured because if I wasn’t put in those situations, I wouldn’t be who or where I am now. I’m not here for the cars, clothes or women, I simply make music to make feel good & whoever else hears it, because it doesn’t cost to be kind.

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?
Nothing’s been smooth about it but where would growth occur if it was? Been through so many struggles, losing loved ones to the streets, losing friends behind drug addictions, losing brothers to the system, divided family, you name it. As crazy as this sounds though it all had to happen, biggest challenge for me was losing my grandma, she passed away from cancer when I was 21, her death matured me, stripped me of my adolescence & made me uncomfortable. That was the one person I could ask or go to for anything, I didn’t care to have relationships with other people because I knew I had her in my corner & when she passed the lonesomeness came like a thief in the night. God has a way of showing you things tho, she comes to me in dreams whenever she knows I need it & I’m grateful for that as well, I love where I’m at now & I wouldn’t change anything.

We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
I’m an artist, I paint pictures through words, a wordsmith. I’m most proud of the growth & sound I’ve succumb too. Studio every single day, I have music that probably won’t ever get released but it wasn’t for nothing. The late – Thomas Edison said he didn’t fail 1000 times but it took a thousand steps to light the lightbulb, & that’s how I feel about my music, I had to polish my sword before going into battle. What set’s me apart from others? Sound & voice, some people just have it & I was blessed with a gift that has the potential & will take me everywhere I want on this planet & that’s simply to help people. The best thing you can do for anyone is to help them. That’s what being a human is to me, we’re all unique so we’ve all been set apart from the start, everyone’s talented in their own way, even if you don’t know now, you will eventually.

Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
Favorite childhood memory would be drinking tea, watching courage the cowardly dog while my grandma cooked me whatever I pleased knowing my other siblings are at school, she’d always pick me up early, they’d get out of school & I been home, haha it was hilarious.

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