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Meet Rodvé Lewis of Dreams or Degrees in South Central Los Angeles

Today we’d like to introduce you to Rodvé Lewis p.k.a  VéFROMLA.

Rodvé, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
Today I am an author and hip-hop artist and both careers started differently. I had an early passion for performing and writing to express myself, and that’s how I became an artist. It gives me freedom when I create songs or have performances, so I continue to do it because it makes me feel good. Becoming an author happened out of pure necessity. After being in college for two years, my dad helped me realize that I wasn’t taking enough units per semester to graduate in the four years that people had advised it should take. I changed my approach and turned my education around and within a couple of hours of meeting with my counselor I gotten back on track.

Once I graduated, I realized a lot of my peers were far behind and I knew if they had the information that I learned while trying to get caught up, it would be beneficial for them. I wrote my book about how to graduate from college in four years to empower people to challenge their schools and get the information they needed to ensure they would graduate within their desired time.

It’s heartwarming to see how you put your knowledge to use in a way that could help others succeed.  Overall, has it been a relatively smooth road as an author and artist? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
The hardest part of being an author was trying to raise the money to self-publish, but being an artist has been a challenge in a different way. Being a hip-hop artist today is challenging because in order to gain fans, you have to fight with others for attention. Sometimes I don’t have the necessary resources that some others might have, which can make it a bit of a struggle.

What are you most proud of as an author?  As an artist?
As an author, I’m most proud of giving people an inexpensive resource that will help them save money, manage their time and become more confident as a college student. As a hip-hop artist, I’m most proud of my ability to inspire people to keep fighting for their beliefs and to stay tenacious and relentless every day.

What is “success” or “successful” for you?
At this stage, I define success on short-term, long-term, big and small. My long-term big success is to be wealthy and able to help the people that I care about in their pursuit of being honorable and as “successful” as they can become. My short-term small success is to keep spreading my motivation through music and writing.


  • Paperback Book – Dreams or Degrees: How to Graduate from College in Four Years – $10

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