Caesaer's Road to Redemption
Caesear is the performance name of a young MC who lives in Rock Mafia neighborhood in Northeast. He is 16 years old and attends Shaw Middle School. I sat down with him to get to know him a little better and find out about his mix tape.
AE: Who are some of your musical influences?
C: I grew up listening to old-school rap like Tupac and Biggie but now I also listen to Lil Wayne, Boosie and my cousin Diggy Ro’zay. I like the message that they give, what’s really going on in the black communities of the world. Movies influence me too. One of my favorite movies in Menace II Society and it influenced me because we live that story every day. What happened in that movie happens to young men in this city too.
AE: Can you tell us a little about your mix tape?
C: The Road to Redemption mix tape tells my story about my life from the time I was a toddler, to growing up in the streets. It tells about what I’ve been through. It’s a really powerful mix tape. There’s a song called "Send Me An Angel," and it talks about me losing my brother and how I am stuck in the same place and wishing for a change. That’s one of my favorite songs on the mix tape.
AE: Can you explain to us how a young person records a mix tape, and when the tape will drop?
C: I record at different studios around the city like Listen Vision and E Sharp Studios. E Sharp studios has since shut down and I created Knock Out Records. I chose that name because I have a friend named K.O. who taught me to do everything that I do. I am hoping to drop the mix tape in 2013. I am a perfectionist and trying to get it right so my fans know I am serious.
(Editor's note: If you are a young person between the ages of 12-19, you can learn to record at the studio in Martin Luther King Jr. Library's Teen Space for free! More details on this program here.)
AE: Do you have any advice for budding artists?
C: Practice makes perfect.
AE: How do you balance your social, school and musical lives?
C: It’s easy because my music is my personal life. My music tells my story. When I am at school I am focused on my work, trying to graduate. But when I am not in school, it’s all music, 24/7.
AE: How would you describe your sound to someone who hasn't heard you before?
C: My music is very special and very spiritual and I give a clear message. It’s not really like anyone else’s music, when I get on the mic you know it’s my voice.
Caesar, along with our Teen Advisory Group, will be hosting a live performance followed by a dance party at 6 p.m. on July 2 at the Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Library. All are welcome to come help us kick off summer and hear some real, local rap music!