Story By DuVall King
Edited By D.King
Senior was born December 25th 1981. This 24yr old young man is a special individual unlike no other. Raised in one of the roughest areas of Queens, Southside Jamaica, Senior has what you would call a "familiar yet, different" story to him.
Sr. spent his early years growing up in Rochdale Village, along New York Blvd and 134th Avenue. As a child he attended Public School 80. At the age of 9 Sr. realized that he was musically inclined when he listened to, and then mimicked the theme from the movie "Big" on his mother`s butterfly Baby Grand piano. Soon after, he also noticed that he was lyrically gifted subsequent to an embarrassing moment in his life, which took place in his 4th grade classroom.
Regardless, Senior turned that negative energy into something positive. Becoming more and more confident with his newfound talent, he started to then share his skillz with his class/schoolmates. The reaction that he received from the other children he considered friends was less than supportive; the girls teased him and the boys taunted him with momma jokes.
After a while he started to second-guess himself and lose confidence in what he once thought was something very special in his heart. A few months later, Mother Hail came for a presentation she was giving about "Life and Life`s Situations" at his school. It was the inspiration she evoked during her lecture that made Sr. realize that no matter what the current situation, anything and everything is and can be possible.
It wasn`t until the age of fourteen when Sr. genuinely began to take music seriously. It started in the lunchroom of Martin Van Buren H.S., making beats by banging on the tables - spitting fire verses was his passion. What he never enjoyed was "Battle Rhyming"; not that he wasn`t capable, but to Senior he could care less about who was better lyrically at that moment. He just wanted the respect of his opinion that then and through today still feels he is entitled to, however that wasn`t all.
Ol` School Hip-Hop artist Mike Dee from the group "Main Source" had a lot to do with the development of Senior`s talent. Before Sr. had even known Mike, the only thing he knew how to do was rhyme and the verses that Sr. wrote down on paper would appear like short stories. Dee taught him a lot about the industry in general, yet the most important lesson that Senior learned was the fundamental basics of being a "Real" MC.
Being able to move the crowd mentally & emotionally is what Mike expressed to him on a regular basis. Senior absorbed everything Dee taught him and applied it to his talented rhyming technique. He soon developed more confidence in his writing, his delivery, and his dreams of becoming a successful recording artist.
In February of 1998, Senior won the 5-borough battle competition hosted by Triad Articles of War (a Hip-hop public access television show in NYC). This was only the beginning of his list of accomplishments. The following year in October, he made history at the age of 17 by becoming the 1st MC ever to win "Amateur Night" at the world famous Apollo Theater in Harlem NYC.
Since then, Senior has graduated from The Institute of Audio Research (NYC, NY Nov. 2001); he is now a New York State certified Engineer & Producer of music. Shortly after graduating, he became an assistant engineer at King Touch Recordings (Hempstead, Long Island). There he worked on several in house projects. One of these projects consisted of an album recorded by reggae recording artist Muziah (A.K.A. Phillip Famous). The album featured 16 audio tracks and out of the 16 tracks Senior mixed 11 of them, including the song featuring a special guest appearance by fellow reggae artist George Nooks.
By April 2002, Senior had progressed into becoming head engineer at Fun House Studios (Long Island City, NY). He worked there for about a year before an unfortunate incident occurred, leaving him unemployed. However, before all the drama had hit this young businessman`s life he already formed G-String`z Production`z, Ltd.
Senior had went back to school in 2004, to take classes specializing in digital recording & music/ audio post-production (Pro-tools, Reason, Digital Performer, etc) & Graduated. Currently, he`s taking PC repair classes to become an A+ certified computer technician & he's also taking web devolopement classes to become a NY State Certified Graphics Design Artist/ Webmaster.
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