As a kid growing up listening to groups like EPMD, Eric B. & Rakim, Run DMC etc. thanks to his older brother by the name of (Christyle) who verse says "I couldn't stop listening to what i was hearing through the paper thin sheet rock wall's, Up beat drum patterns mixed with melodic bass rhythm's and the MC's flow as if it was sewed to the beat. " His love for music was easily taking shape. Verse refer's to himself as a lover of all genre's of music not just "hip hop" in middle school he played Alto saxophone in the jazz band for 3 years till he quit due to a single minded teacher that he say's " took the fun out of it! " During that time is when verse began writing poetry and started composing standard format songs, 3 sixteen bar verse's with a catchy 8 bar hook/chorus. His older brother was already producing music with a label here in Albuquerque but was being taken advantage of so with help from there father they built a professional sound proof recording studio in there backyard under the title of City Of Dope Records.
Being around the music and recording sessions he was sure what he wanted to pursue, his older brother gave him the name "Versatile aka Verse." Now like any beginner in the game he certainly was not the best nor even close to considering his high pitched tone over a beat music but he never gave up and he never stopped progressing. He says " In high school we use to freestyle at lunch, in hallways during passing periods, sometimes even in class, where ever we could find time to form a huddled up circle and express ourselves we did it." Being kicked in and out of high school for multiple counts of drug possession, fighting, or simply just dis obeying the faculty it was hard for him to find balance in an educated environment. "I guess you could say i was the class clown, every time i got into trouble people would laugh at me, so i basically just embraced that feeling of embarrassment and internalized it!"
As he grew older he focused on developing his skills and building his craft spending day and night in the studio recording and writing anything and everything he came encounter with. before he was 21 years old he had already been in and out of jail numerous times for the crimes a usual 18 year old boy commits, Drinking under age, MIP, Evading police, DWI, Graffiti etc. Petty charges mostly but 15 to 20 of the those in a period of 3 months don't go well with the judge. he served a total of 3 years probation with 3 different probation officer's who he says " were not the type of people to give a guy a break! "
After finishing up with his legal issue's he was 23 years old and finally composed a full length album in 2009 titled "VERSATILITY" with the hit single Every Morning featuring Brad Lewis. Performing all over Albuquerque at places such as Sunshine Theatre, The Launch Pad, Elliot's Bar, State Fair Ground's, Convention center, Moon Light Lounge, Ned's, Community Centers, Parks, House Parties you name it, If there was a microphone and a system we were there! Verse has opened for big name acts such as Too $hort, Planet Asia, Kool Kieth, Mystical, Fat Joe, Baby Bash, & Cultura Fuerte a local band who verse says he highly respects!
In 2010 he began shooting his first music video to the song Every Morning which tremendously expanded his exposure, so he and fellow partner Gabe Baca took advantage of the media buzz and started producing on a larger scale making a huge impact on cinematography for Albuquerque NM in general. Through hardships and personal issue's such as close relations and peers, moving to california and back, verse came to a stopping point. Once again the fun had been taking from the music and real life had settled in, though like any artist that truly love's his passion quitting just isn't an option when you are fueled with inspiration like a fire burning in your soul.
In 2011 verse finished his second tape titled "DNA Drugs N' Alcohol" sharing some of the coldest and darkest periods of his life, expressing drug & alcohol addiction,
the falling out of child hood friends/girlfriend, spiritual warfare with self and the struggles and strife of everyday life. The Song "DNA" on the album is a graphic yet gut wrenching experience that portray's the feeling of the absolute bottom, nothing to lose. It describes the way drugs can effect your life not only physically but mentally and the consequence that lies behind these choices which result in disaster. He states that the drugs and alcohol are wrong but they continue calling his name meaning once you're involved they never let you go. The video and song is a masterpiece for this day and age and the world we live in today especially in Albuquerque!
2012 was a turning point releasing his 3rd tape "UpperClassmen". This album expresses the positive and hopeful mind state one's self tries to generate during a self destructive attitude with songs like Be Alright featuring Brad Lewis, Picture Perfect, Beautiful Day, Remember me, and Real Music. Of course there are still a few songs from the relentless side of verse that again have to be displayed to ensure the balance and indifference between the two. "Be Alright" Was a video Filmed/Edited/Recorded by verse in all black and white with creativity by using ink in water as a back round with a symmetrical touch to basically soothe the audience's mind.
In 2013 he released his latest album "DNA II Drugs N' Alcohol II" with the hit single "Get Away". The video is fast paced, entertaining and an exhilarating burst of excitement, filmed in Las Vegas and Albuquerque. All credits due to the creative mind behind the idea, himself. Verse filmed/recorded/edited/mixed this whole project by himself with the help of those close to him to this day verse says he finds inspiration from! Justin Gray aka J Gray fellow friend/artist is featured on 3 songs and as verse says " it ain't hard to tell" the connection these two have sharing rhythmatic rhyme schemes over hard hitting drums and bass. Once again DNAII reveals the feeling of never being able to escape the temptations of substance abuse but only this time it seems as if it is more of a choice to use rather than a suppressed vulnerability.
Currently Working on his new project with the debut song titled "Faded" verse says "Im very excited to see where this takes me not only in my art but in my life. I have torn down every boundary and wall inside my mind stopping me from taking risks or making decisions and i am progressively moving forward with my music as a whole... Sky Ain't Even The Limit! "
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