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Meet Sean Draper

Today we’d like to introduce you to Sean Draper.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Sean. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
My story is common but special and giving of truth & perspective. I say common as far as being a creative kid from Inglewood with hoop dreams that became Rap dreams that turned into a Music reality. I say special as far as the way I was able to navigate trails and tribulations that many of my peers fell victim to or in love with, stemming from our everyday lives in poverty. With so much going on around me, I found peace & passion in writing down my thoughts at the age of 11, which later became a love for poetry, songwriting and performing. I feel we all have a story and we all have a perspective, some of us are just gifted with the ability to express the emotions, lessons and details that come with our individual testimonies.

I personally create to give more perspective to aspects of life we interact with daily. Knowing that I can create something that gives a person clarity, understanding or at least a thought satisfies me in unexplainable ways. At first, I got much enjoyment from making Rap songs with my friends to taking things more seriously in college. Building studios in dorm rooms and sharing my music all over campus was a highlight for a long time. Once I began formal Music Education though, I was engulfed in a world that Rap had yet to introduce me to & I was in love. Learning about Classical, Jazz, Gospel, Rock, Soul & so many other genres blew my mind. Then, I picked up instruments and my life forever changed. So as I continue to grow as a Musician & Man, I strive to creatively magnify all the elements that make me who I am, for they shape the future in ways I can’t explain, but If it feels right, it’s usually right!

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?
Its been a lonely road. I say that because my dreams are solely my dreams & no one is responsible for my success or progress. Things get hard but I’ve learned to take the good with the bad. As a Musician that still depends on a day job to survive, investing in music gets tricky at times. Of course, I’d love to dump every penny into my music but if I can’t eat, I’m sure those songs won’t hit as hard. I’m sure if I have studio time but no roof over my head, I’ll be napping during my sessions. So I believe in being as stable as possible & planning before just spending.

Can you give our readers some background on your music?
I am an Independent Artist. My sound can be classified as Soul Rap or Funk Hop, which is Hip Hop infused with Soul & Funk. I’m also a creator, big fan & avid student of R&b, Neo-Soul & Jazz. I am most proud of my several releases as an indie Artist because they set my foundation to be a long-lasting entity in the creative world. My work ethic usually sets me apart from others as I can drink a lot of coffee and go a lot of hours.

My latest album “A Lonely Road” is available to download/stream”.

Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
My mom listening to Marvin Gaye, Al Green, The Isley Brothers and so many more. She always had a mood in the house. Recording my raps on two boom boxes, one to play the instrumental, the other to record the performance. I would ditch 7th & 8th grade classes a lot to record with my Brother Dyce. My other Brother D-Moni had access to his big brother’s studio gear and we were on at 14 years old. I still have some of the songs!

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