The DigiSpot is proud to bring to you a new video, titled "Issues", from Los Angeles rapper Charlie III who also happens to be making his debut here as well.
When asked why he raps, Charlie III had this to say:
"Rap objectifies America and makes itself up as it goes along, much like America. It rewards individual expression yet demands unselfish collaboration. It is the people’s music. Each generation puts its own spin on it, yet it is always rooted in ancestral cries of the past.
At age 10, my next-door neighbor and I made a garage band made up of our siblings; her younger brother & my little sister. We spent almost everyday together rapping & making music. Then, my family moved 80 miles from Los Angeles to Lancaster. I was 13 years old and getting into all sort of trouble. I even did a stint in youth authority. Even locked up, I remembered my mother encouraging me to write. When I was released, my art progressed. I begin entering rap battles. It was an adrenaline rush.
At 16, we moved back to L.A. and I reconnected with my old neighbor & best friend. She was now DJ for Odd Future and became Syd Tha Kyd (now with The Internet). She was with another band that I was not apart of. Syd was doing her own thing and I was solo-dolo.
I didn’t trip because I knew I had talent. Focus was the problem there were so many issues and things I was dealing with. But I never stray away from music because it was the one constant in my life. I feel like Michael Jackson’s old song entitled "Music and Me". Music even came with in me jail. It never left me.
Over the course of the next few years, I worked on me and dedicated myself to music. When my paternal grandmother died, the family moved back into my old house. Sydney and I are still friends and next door neighbors. She has been a great friend and even given me access to a studio. Once I had the tools, I begin throwing myself into my music. I learned how to make beats. I am mature now & more driven. I have been in this game for a minute. I am rap incarnate.
I rap about everything; from death, just trying to make a living, celebrating human life. I write in scenarios. Recently was thrilled when Mark Wahlberg simply wrote “powerful” about my video “Issues” directed by Shawn Michael Patrick. I am inspired because he is a legend. SoundCloud has a few songs I made with Sydney ("West Coast Anthem" & "Dope Man"). Other songs to look out for are "Pushed", "Rats and Snakes", "10 Minutes of Your Time", & "No-Go".
I am a rapper that raps about everything, the absurdity of life, the joy of life, the ignorance of it and the profundity of it. I tell the stories about what I see. Hopefully, the ripples of that action can help someone. A story has no power if people don’t listen. I hope to make a difference through rap."
You can give the video for "Issues" a watch below...