My dad once told me, “Son, there are people in this world who have to prove that they can’t, and there are people in this world that have to prove that they can“. What he meant is that there are people in this life who are automatically given the benefit of the doubt just because they “fit the mold”. Others have to make the most of their opportunities and grind against the grain to accomplish their goals. That phrase has always stuck with me and pretty much sums up my life to this point. Whether in sports, social situations, my music, school, or anything of interest in my life, I’ve always had to “prove that I can”.
Now don’t get me wrong, I’ve been blessed with a lot in this life. I have very supportive parents and family, I go to college on a scholarship, I have a beautiful girlfriend of five years, and I get to do what I love every single day. The privileges I enjoy in life are not lost on me. It’s just that it doesn’t seem to matter what I set out to accomplish, people still find a way to doubt me for the fuck of it. Sometimes in subtle ways, sometimes not so subtle. You might be thinking, “Wouldn’t it be easier to just ignore it?”, but that’s just not how I happen to operate. I thrive on that shit, and I use it for fuel. I guess that’s how I’m wired.
So enough about all that, let me properly introduce myself. My name is Drew Ball and I am a 20-year old lyrical hip-hop musician, Jr. Associate with Silverback Marketing, and student at the W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University. I am a self-proclaimed perfectionist in all that I do and I have a fire in my heart for rap music. I am currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Business Technology. When I’m done with my undergraduate degree, I intend to start a career in the field of technology, preferably as a front-end developer or programs specialist, which happens to be another passion of mine. My ultimate goal is to grab a seat at the table in the hip-hop industry, either on the stage, in the board room, or somewhere in between, and find a way to blend my love for this music with the love I have for technology. Either way, I will make it happen by any means necessary.
Growing up, I was exposed to and influenced by what I like to call “the golden era” of rap music. You could find a pocket or two here and there, but there weren’t a whole lot of kids in my demographic that were into the music that I was. I was mesmerized by the words, rhythms, and rhymes of rappers like 2pac, Spice 1, Richie Rich, Biggie, Nas, “Slim Shady” and all the big hip-hop stars from that era.
Ive come a long way with this so far. At the end of the day, I do this because it’s what I love to do, and I plan on containing my music and letting the chips fall where they may.
Always open to feedback, or collaborations. Hit my line!