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My name is Richard James Love Jr.
I was born in Jackson, MS on June 17, 1991
I moved to Tulsa, Ok and attended Sam Houston Elementary
In the year 2000 I moved to Joplin, MO and ever since then, this is where I've called my home.
Since semester 2 of the 4th grade, this is all I've known
I started playing football for Neosho Middle school at grade 7, moved on to Neosh Jr High continued playing, and that's also the year I started trying to Rap.
Met this cool kid named JC all the way from California. He could do it all from freestyle to writing, he was on point. I had to give it a go. All my life, if anybody knew me for anything along the lines of music, it was because I used to sing a lot, I sang in the church choir, I also sang to a few young ladies, Rap wasn't my thing. I tried it out, didn't think I was good enough, and by the time JC moved back to Cali, I
had given up. I just focused on sports, not even school, just sports. Until my junior and senior years of high school I was a slacker, it kinda bit me in the butt forreal because I was always so close to being ineligible for football. I couldn't play varsity sophomore year, I decided to straighten up, and I made it the next year. I had a pretty good season and looked forward to improving the next season, but I had a season ending injury that removed all hope of a scholarship or anything. While I was playing varsity for the first time, I also had started wrestling for the varsity team. I was getting tore up that year, but coach new I was gonna be good because, at first, my attitude towards losing matches was pods poor..but I started to control that anger and began to gain knowledge of the sport, also, the best wrestlers acknowledged that it was first year and they told me I was going to be good. See t hat's motivation right there! After the recovery from my football ankle injury, I was excited for the final high school season of wrestling. I had 20 pins in 50 matches. I was nervous and way under weight at the beginning, I started 0-7, but after helping my team to beat one of our toughest opponents I had the most optimistic attitude. I finished the season 35-16, two of those losses were at state (one loss to the runner-up, one to my rival in final over time, everyone saw how they screwed me over there) two more of those losses were to the #1 ranked kid in Missouri...he beat me by 3 points a Districts (he was tired, I wasn't, I admit I was nervous, no big deal). I knew all that had to count for something, but I was still surprise when Coach Philips gave me the opportunity to wrestle in college. I had to do that because I really believed that by the time I was done with school, I could place in a National tourney. I went to UCM in Warrensburg, MO. That's where I met all my KC and STL friends Dre, JG3, Maurice, Nick D., Kayla, and my boy Rickey. Now Rickey was all about the music, we all were, but I found out that he was actually rapping with his crew in STL. I started writing behind the scenes after listening to a song they did. I got attached to my UCM friends, but I was also still connecting with my friends back home at MSSU. I visited them sometimes, I wasn't always able to and it caused me to get homesick. I started thinking like wrestling versus walk-on football, UCM versus MSSU, new friends versus the homies..ya know it was hard. I finally decided to stop wrestling and transfer. It wasn't a bad decision except I didn't get home for walk-on tryouts, and I really didn't have a place to stay near campus until my boys Nick and Zave hooked me up, thanks to there Grandpa. A couple things happened, scared that a couple unwanted classes were gonna hurt my GPA I drop all classes because 2 courses would have been one too many classes for me to still be able to receive financial aid (did I mention that all my life, money has been limited to enough to survive). I had requested an appeal to get me back in for Fall semester of 2011. The date I took the W for those classes was like 2 weeks before the disaster that came through Joplin, that whole time in between we were in the process of moving into our new homes which happened to be in the disaster area. You can guess that I never got that appeal. Instead I spent a year trying to make up for a jobless month after the tornado. I've been worked fast food, seasonal jobs at toys'r'us, factory jobs, etc. I didn't get fired or laid off of any of those jobs, I just walked out on them. They weren't for me, I can't stand to work with druggies that do nothing but talk about drugs the entire shift..I mean I smoke, but I'm not one to relate to people that probably had it made in the shade and chose to run their lives down the drain. I've never had it made and I deserve to ease my mind. I'm a very hard worker, and I focus on my job and my responsibilities when I'm on a job. If there is ever a time where I handle my responsibilities along with someone else's, I expect for my efforts to be acknowledged. Places around here don't do that unless you're in school I guess. I also have to admit that my pride has caused me to seek other jobs, new jobs mean missing a pay period, missing a pay period leads to getting behind on bills etc. It just all found a way to make me suffer. So I really needed something to help motivate me. I got back into music. I played around with a few songs with my new Webb City friends. They told me I was good, I never believed it one bit, and anytime that my heads not in the clouds, I still don't believe it. Here I am in 2012 (the end of the world) finally settled in with my job i had before the tornado, and I'm thinking to myself,"Is what was said to be the end of the world actually the beginning of my time to shine..to bring change in my life, my hometown, the music industry?", and I want all of you to be the ones to decide. Highly motivated to get back in school and get educated, should I continue to rap as well?? YES!
Welcome to the level I'm on!