The year was 1989. Times were different. I was born in the city of El Progreso, Honduras, located in Central America. Upon arriving to the earth, my future would immediately be uncertain. I was placed in foster care sometime soon after birth. The details surroundings my origins are little to nonexistent, at least to my knowledge. I know nothing of my birth mother or father or any blood relatives that I may have or had for that matter. Many questions are still unanswered, but I am determined to put together the missing pieces of my life’s puzzle. Being born in a country, in which 80% of the population is impoverished, I did not have it easy in my first year of life. I was malnourished to the point that I developed walking pneumonia; and to this day I have a bald spot on the right side of my head caused by the lack of nourishment my body was receiving. It is a constant reminder of my humble beginnings and a reminder of how mysterious my existence truly is even to this day. Blessings would come my way after my first year, though. I was adopted by the only family I have ever known in 1990. If you are reading this Mom and Pap, I just want you to know I love you with all my heart and I am forever endeared to you for saving me. You guys are my everything and I would not trade you for the world.
Growing up, I spent most of my childhood in Suburban Pennsylvania (about a 45 minute drive from Philadelphia). In the middle of the PA experience, I spent four very impactful years in Austin, Texas. This is where my love for hip-hop truly developed. Will Smith’s “Big Willy Style” was is the first hip-hop CD that I ever purchased. Will Smith was already a legend in my young eyes. Hearing his music as a child, I was instantly hooked. Oddly enough, it took another decade for me to dabble in creating my own music.
As a kid I never thought I could create music and be considered as a musician. I had an ideological image in my head of what a musician was. I thought they all came out of the womb playing their specified instruments; or singing in perfect key and pitch by the time they could walk. Those images soon changed.
After High School, I was enrolled in a professional golf management program at Methodist University in North Carolina. Golf was a passion of mine in high school but by the time I got to college the flame was barely flickering and eventually it died out. Not knowing where life would lead me, I was at a time of self-discovery and was just trying to enjoy my friends and the world around me. My journey from Methodist took me to West Chester University. Now, at the ripe ole age of 19, I was not exactly sure where I was headed in life. I was honestly just buying time by doing the “normal“ college thing. Majoring in business (like many others), however, I had no clear vision of my future. I attended a party one night in the fall semester of 2008 when I encountered a new friend who was rapping on the balcony. I thought he was freestyling but after inquiring he told me he was reciting a verse from a popular song by an artist who had just “made it“(from our very own university). The artist’s name was Asher Roth and the song he was reciting was “I Love College”. Asher and his song became one of most popular songs in the country. All I kept thinking that night was, “wow, somebody from WCU achieved his dream, despite the odds.” This experience had a lasting impact on me and from that moment forward I decided I would rap (since I always have a deep love for music, specifically, hip-hop).
I dove in headfirst. I started freestyling and writing every day. I became obsessed with the craft. BET ‘s Rap City the Basement freestyles were some of the most influential videos in my learning process. They quickly became my ‘go to’ study material. I think I have seen just about every one of them. My identity was becoming clearer. I knew what I wanted to do with my life for the first time ever. I moved on from West Chester University and received my certification in audio engineering. I had the honor to study under my good friend, Joey Heier at Crystal Clear Studios in Philadelphia, PA. I have been recording, producing, mixing and mastering my own music ever since. If you would have told 16-year-old ME that this would be how it all turned out, I wouldn’t have believed you for a second.
As I started rapping, another artist was emerging in the hip-hop arena, Drake. The minute I heard his music and his story, I was an instant super fan. I knew I was listening to ‘a once in a generation’ talent. His combination of rapping and singing was something I had not heard before. I told myself that this is the new bar that has been set and my goal ever since that day was to try my best to reach that bar. Things started to align in that I started rapping and singing at the same exact time and didn’t have to play catch-up with either one. I owe all my vocal progression to Janine Diaz-Whitt. She was my vocal coach for 4 years. She is a great teacher and without her expertise I would not be able to produce half as many songs as I do. I rounded out my training with a Certificate from the NY Film Academy in LA. That experience has enhanced both my stage presence and filming skills. I am proud to say that I was awarded ‘Best Music Video” at the 2019 Los Angeles Film and Script Festival. So, here I am, proud to present myself as a rapper and a singer with demonstrated versatility.
Drake, along with many others have shaped what you now hear from Mowgli. Other artists who have influenced me are Mac Miller, Third Eye Blind, Cassidy, Lil Peep, J Cole, Jay Z, Kanye West, Eminem, Blink 182, Angels and Airwaves, Biggie Smalls, Tupac Shakur, The Starting Line, The Supremes, Michael Jackson, Bob Marley, Sawyer Brown, Gillie Da Kid, Bayside, Young Jeezy, The Beatles, Lloyd Banks, Brand New, Chris Brown, Nat King Cole, Coldplay, Barry White, +44, Jimmy Hendrix, Motion City Soundtrack, Cam’ron, Justin Bieber, Minus the Bear, Fabolous, Post Malone, J Dilla, 9th Wonder, The Temptations, Brooks and Dunn, PARTYNEXTDOOR, Usher, The Weeknd, Eve 6, Ray Charles, OAR, Wiz Khalifa, Rick Ross, Kenny Chesney, The Foundations, Dr Dre, P Diddy, Sammy Adams, Maroon 5, Bill Withers, Louis Armstrong, Lil Wayne, Slightly Stoopid, Ben E. King, Santana, The Movement, Stevie Wonder, Juelz Santana, Huey Lewisk & The News, The Drifters, Shaw Lee, The Beach Boys, Keith Urban, Noah “Forty Forty” Shebib and Johnny Nash, … just to a name a few. I could go on for days! I feel I am like most music lovers, in that my taste covers a wide variety of genres and eras. If you listen closely, you can hear the diversity of influences in my music.
My goal for the rest of my time on earth is to simply inspire and motivate others to be the best they can possibly be. To spread peace and love and unity across the world. We need to fight for freedom and equality for all and to show people nothing is impossible. You can do anything you set your mind to. Music is my passion and music is my love. Music is what I know better than anything else. The fun part is getting to see where it will take me. My mission is far bigger than music, but music is the vessel on which I travel. Currently I reside in Burbank, CA and I’m looking forward to this next chapter in my life. Hopefully it’s filled with lots of laughter and lots of love. One thing is for sure, it will be filled with lots of creation. And I am so excited to share my creations with you. Come along for the ride and let us experience this thing called ‘life’, together. Because, as has been said before, “it’s not about the destination, it’s about the journey...”.