Around 12 or 13. My bro Thomas and I used to write raps for fun in elementary school. Then I like…started to rap for everyone on the bus, which like became a regular thing. My cousins (who were rappers) told me I was tight, so I felt that if they said I was tight, everyone else would think I was, so rap sort of just stuck with me.
Haha Yeah. The few times people have came up to me saying, “Dude, are you Ishmael Raps?!” Makes me feel like I’m doing something right, you know? And when I crossed the stage during graduation, like…all the faculty shook my hand a little bit longer and told me how much they believed in me. I don’t know bro, small things like that inspire me.
A lot of people don’t believe in your vision(s) until they see your numbers rapidly increase.
Like Rochester, NY? Man…it’s hella sus out here bruh. Rochesterians don’t really support each other. Especially if you rap. Everyone raps here. Everyone. And a huge percentage of that rap promotes violence 100% of the time or is just trash, haha. Don’t get me wrong though, Rochester has some great artists.
Yeah man. “MANTRA”
My brother Donny Murakami and I have been working on designs for some time now. A lookbook should be released soon.
An introduction to RAPS. I made CAMO for attention to be honest. Gallery will sound a lot different.
A very popular 23 year old with wealth in the mind and pocket.
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