We had the good fortune of connecting with Robb and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Robb, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
When it comes to risks, I think about in this sense, “If you never try, how will you ever know?” There are risks associated in literally everything we do. The risks only differ in the degree in which we take them and subsequently it is measured by the resulting consequence or reward. Every accomplishment that I have so far has been on the back of some risk that I have had to take. I am a firm believer in everything happens for a reason, and more importantly to me, that God guides me to, and through the different trials and triumphs that I have had. If it weren’t for me taking (in some cases) inevitable and necessary risks, I would never be in the blessed position I am creatively, personally or career-wise. In my humble opinion, risks are one of the catalyst to gaining knowledge. Any person who seeks to be successful at anything, at some point has to take that leap-of-faith, or face a certain risk to move the needle forward no matter what facet of life they are in. At several critical points in our lives, we will be faced with a risk that we must take and overcome in order to reach a new and desired height. If you don’t take risks, then you are not alive.
Please tell us more about your work. We’d love to hear what sets you apart from others, what you are most proud of or excited about. How did you get to where you are today professionally. Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges? What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way. What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story?
What keeps me busy professionaly is the desire to constantly be better. I’d like to think that my art is unique. I think what sets me apart is that from the beginning, I’ve always had a drive to get better and better at the craft, which lead me to have a diverse approach to my music. In other words, I don’t allow myself to get boxed in to any one sound, genre or style. I LOVE music in all shapes forms and fashion, and if the vibe or the energy is there and it sounds good and feels good, that’s what I am drawn to initially. I think that to be true of music itself and of people in general. That being said, I’ve never approached hip hop or any other genre that I’ve endeavored upon with a bravado or false sense of “I am better”, but always tried to be a student of styles I’ve liked, then set out to replicate that feeling or sound, but in my unique way.
It was not easy (for me) to get where I am today, and to be clear, I know that I have an infinitely long way to go. However, I am on the road and constantly creating, getting better and evolving as a person and artist. To speak more to my origin with taking my music seriously, I received a 17 track beat tape from my older cousin, Jairus Mozee known to some as J Mo. When I first decided I wanted to take music seriously, he was one of the first people I went to and he handed me this CD of some beats he had just laying around. To me, it was the best gift and I remember being super amped about it. I went home, went through the beats, some beats were rock, some jazz, some hip hop, some pop, a little bit of everything. So I told myself, I am literally going to write to each one of these beats no matter what. And I did just that. Fast forward and now I feel comfortable approaching any beat and any genre. Not that it is easy, but I know that if I sit and study and apply myself to that genre or sound, I can make something great. Similarly, I overcame obstacles by not backing down or shying away from any of the challenges I faced creatively, personally or professionally throughout the journey of life. I’ve even come back to beats years later after developing my skills (sometimes forgetting about beats) and have made songs that I love. I learned that humility, discipline and dedication to craft goes the furthest.
I think if I want the world to know or walk away with anything from my music and brand, it is that my music and style is authentic and truly God Inspired. Sometimes I go back to songs and marvel at the words that flowed through me, and sometime, they resonate even more years later. That to me is the sign that I submitted to the higher creative power and was used as a vessel to create something that is truly great. That same authenticity/uniqueness and inspiration is in all of us, and we just have to accept our own and be ourselves and we can live happy in our purpose. I am not talking from a place of “I have arrived” because I believe I am still on that journey, but I get a glimpse of my purpose and bliss when I am in the studio and can play back a song that I truly love. It’s the same for any product that I am able to put out creatively or otherwise.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Ahaha I think there’s somebody better suited for this question than I am because I am typically a homebody. Also a funny question to approach because we’ve been in COVID season for over a year now so my mind has been acclimated to staying at home. I don’t even remember what I was doing outdoors pre COVID (smile). But for the sake of the question, if we’re talking about a wholesome good time, I have some places in mind. I live in Compton (Greater Los Angeles area) and there’s always something to do nearby. If we’re talking food, we’d be at Bossa Nova in Hollywood, my personal fav. Beach is always a win and more than likely Santa Monica, that’s always a game winner for out-of-towners.
I guess it depends on what time of the year we’re talking but I truly enjoy places like Santa Monica promenade and the pier, always a lot of people, beach, good food in that hub. I’m a big city type person and although I like my time indoors at home, I love going out from time to time and feeling the energy of people and just watching life happen. So many different perspectives. Don’t want to get to deep in the etherial here, but yeah people watching and interacting is always good. Also you have Down town Long Beach which is very similar but a tad slower pace than Santa Monica. Long Beach is great and similarly, you have beach, good food and chill vibes. There’s tons to do, this is a hard question for me hypothetically because I am a bit more spontaneous. I’m not the best itinerary planner, we’d be playing things day by day.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I have to first shoutout the Almighty God, Allah because I would not even exist if it were not for his decree that I should be assigned a purpose and a portion of his spirit. Then of course, my parents and my family who keep me rooted and support me. Without their love, this thing called life and all that I am setting out to accomplish would be degrees more difficult. I also have to shout-out my biological Father, my spiritual Father, The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan and the Nation of Islam for teaching and instilling in me as a young black man righteous principles and always putting forth truth, peace and the knowledge of self, which equipped me with that which I needed to operate in a world that is so hostile mentally, spiritually and physically to my people.
I dedicate this to my two beautiful baby girls, that push me everyday to be a better father and to be better on all levels.
1) Frank Henry 2) Cayle Damrow 3) Cayle Damrow