- Posted August 7, 2013 by
A Teacher, A Rapper, A Muslim, and Oprah Alum
Before contract negotiations and tour planning, we were just kids growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area. He was an anomaly. Outwardly, he was very much a teenager, who encompassed the awkwardness of adolescence as gracefully as humanly possible. He seemed habitually serious and introspective, which made the occasional laugh or smile something like magic. More than mysterious, he was complex beyond his years. He read, a lot. He didn't smoke or drink. He decided he wouldn't date until after college..... but most importantly, his flows (lyrical magicness) was amazing. He and his crew mates hosted underground hip hop shows and on the luckiest of occasions he would grab the mic. He transformed on stage.
It was obvious that music was in him. It was his purpose.
Years later, after graduating college with a double major and triple minor, my friend had grown into an artist. An artist whose purpose extended further than the stage. Between spoken word, motivational speaking, and helping to change the way inmates learn math in prison (as featured on Oprah), Tyson released two solo albums . He toured many countries including the UK, Turkey, Singapore, Indonesia, Canada, and Morocco, earning him recognition as a hip hop ambassador worldwide.
We are now preparing to release his 3rd studio album, entitled Purpose. A title that encompasses the essence of who he is. Since we were kids, Tyson has carried himself with a greater sense of
Purpose. The type of purpose that compels one to become an active member of the community. To live presently. Simply stated, to do good.
Although technically I'm his manager, and it would be easy to assume that exposure for him would be self benefiting, I'm not the kind of manager who gets paid. I'm the kind of manager who loves her big brother so much that she does it for free. I'm a fan. A fan who thinks the world would be a better place if they knew Tyson.