Reconcile calls himself a “Hope Dealer.” He uses gritty beats and a true street sound to get his message across, but there is something missing — the curse words. He doesn’t use them and doesn’t need them, but still spits fire, as they say, better than most.
The South Florida native now lives in Houston, complete with the Southern-inspired “grill” on his teeth and dreads for the hip-hop generation.
Just as powerful as his words are his videos. The depiction of real street life with solutions and lessons in the end. He uses no actors in the videos, just real people, with real situations so he can get the message out, real and raw.
And many of the life lessons have been taken from the streets of Houston.
“The dudes from the videos are the dudes from the block that we are really building a relationship with so the video is really a story of their lives,” he told Memphis 10 of 93.7 FM’s Blessed Beatz. “Through the video, we impacted the community because we did the whole entire thing in Third Ward.”
Reconcile’s “Catch a Body” depicts a man struggling with making the right decision; the need for “quick money” vs. the responsibility of earning it the right way. That is a situation that many people in this generation face daily.
“This life ain’t no cakewalk, but it’s the only way you are going to live,” Reconcile said. “It’s a moment when you can share something real about life with somebody and all the superficial stuff is out the window. [People] want to know something, they want to hear something.”
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His mission is simple; always do the right thing because the decision you make can sometimes cost you your life.
“Growing up I lost a lot of people, and that’s the story for anybody coming out of a tough neighborhood. The passion on my heart was like, man, it felt like it’s no good out here and we have to do something about that,” he said. “And we are going to be in the places that people don’t want to go and messing with the people that [other] people done gave up on.”
And how does he intend on reaching people? His music. His team uses the strength of his lyrics and his beats to capture and keep his audience.
“For us, the biggest thing is making dope music. The best way to influence the people we are trying to influence is making dope records. If it is not hot, you are wasting your time. You are doing a disservice,” he said. “We want the songs to be hard, and when someone walks away from the song, I want them to be moved. I want them to be challenged. We don’t just do it just to do it, we do it to make a difference.”
Reconcile said he’s dropped two singles this month that are touching on social issues. One of the singles focuses on the distrust between law enforcement and the community, and he has also collaborated with other heavyweights in the industry. His music is a reflection of his childhood and the artists he grew up listening to, but he put his own spin on things.
Reconcile says he was inspired early-on by artists like Nas, Trick Daddy, Plies and Lil’ Boosie.
“The songs that really touched my life was like “Thug Holiday,” you know, ‘I got some cats in prison and they ain’t coming home,’ or Nas’ “One Mic,” that used to just hit my heart. Those crossroads records always had an influence on me growing up,” he said.
His upbringing versus where he is in his Faith today shows that God can touch you anywhere.
“I didn’t grow up in church. My family went to church every other Easter. The first time God was really introduced to me was through a “Bone Thugs” song that came through TV,” he said.
And it shows. He is truly on a mission to get the word out and is sure to blow up the charts.
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