To say Adonis is beyond his years is an under-statement. From the moment his engaging lyrics come pouring out of the speakers, it's equipped with charm and a microphone. He's a rare talent, separated by his genuine love of the art, maturity and of course, immense talent. "I started rapping when I was six-years old, listening to the Brat" he remembers with a small laugh. "I used to just rap along with her and do all of her rhymes." His adulation for Hip Hop sparked early, Adonis soon began writing his own lyrics, picking up a pen and notepad at the tender age of eight.
By the time he turned 12, he was already rocking shows at the House of Blues and had even grabbed the attention of ex-NBA star John Salley. Although no deal was ever finalized, it was confirmation that Adonis was a rare talent to be reckoned with.
"I think what separates me from other young rappers is that I rap about different topics" he considers thoughtfully. "I'm not all flashy, I don't only talk about cars and jewels; I speak about real situations and real life."
Since 2000 he's garnered interest from several major labels, including the now defunct Elektra Records and J Records, all while performing at various venues and high schools in and around the Los Angeles area and San Diego. "I'm versatile, I'm diverse in the things that I rap about." he explains matter-of-fact, without a hint of conceit. "I mostly rap about my life, things that have happened in the past and that are happening now in the present."
He was only 10 when In-House founder and current manager, Leslie Young discovered him, lured by his magnetic charm and undeniable penchant for the mic.
"I immediately knew that he was a special child." Adonis, which means "beautiful child" in Greek, is relying solely on his talent to propel him to the forefront of Hip Hop.
"I want to bring the west back." he immediately relays when asked what he hopes to accomplish in Hip Hop. There's a sense of urgency as he speaks. It's recognized as hunger. "The west still has talent and having that fact recognized is one of my main goals."
For Adonis, rapping isn't simply about putting out an album or having a hit song on the radio, it's about building a career and allowing his audience to grow with him. In the years that he's been in the business, he's already developed a sense for business and hopes to expound upon his innate abilities as time progresses.
"I think anyone who lives life, who has experiences, who dreams, who misses others, who has heartbreak, who gets angry, all the real stuff, those people should have capacity to enjoy his music.