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GET TO KNOW: @Official_Raheem

Explain who you are for those who don’t know you?

I’m just an artist from the southwest trying to make a living and tell my story through music. I rap, paint, and I’ve recently started a skincare product company called “Almost Angels” that’s starting with bath bombs and branching out from there.

Where are you from?

El Paso, Tx

What is it like growing up where your from?

We didn’t have much growing up. My mother did her best on her own with 7 boys in the house. But with all the struggle, we still had a great childhood. El Paso is a very laid back city, even with its proximity to Juarez, Mexico. A lot of cultural pride on the border

How did you get into music?

My father used to rap back in the 80’s and early 90’s and was starti g to blow up when he was murdered in 93. When I was 11 i found his old rhyme books and studio equipment and started writing as a way to feel connected to him because I was too young to remember him when he passed. At 14 I started performing and at 17 I started traveling for paying shows. Its been my passion for more than half my life.

What is it that you do?

A little of everything. I rap, pretend I know how to sing, paint, make jewelry, and have my skin care company Almost Angels

What are your goals?

I’m a single father. So I’m just trying to support my daughter off of my music and give her the life that she deserves

What are you currently working on?

Right now I’m working on my Almost Angels project, which is an introspective look at depression and addiction, using the 7 deadly sins as a base and building from there. I’ve released 3 songs out of the 8 song project so far and “New Thing” was a bit of levity between the heavy subject matter in the rest of the project.

How do you feel about the current state of HipHop?

Honestly, its in the best state its ever been. Its easier than ever to get into the industry without getting pimped by major labels and owing them for the rest of your life. And as a fan, you have access to literally any type of music that you could possibly be into and discover music you otherwose never would have. People tend to focus on what they dont like instead of the positives.

What makes you DOAP?

My drive and dedication to my craft. If I’m not in the studio or rehearsing, then I’m with my daughter being daddy. There is no plan B for me. I live and breath hip-hop

Anything else that you would like to add?

I’ll be shooting the visuals for “New Thing” soon so keep an eye out

 

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