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The Grinder of Gardena
Born a fraternal twin in the infamous city of Compton, CA (home to some of the greatest rap music ever produced), Whyte is one of seven children. Growing up in a big family taught him how to survive with limited means. He was raised in and around the Los Angeles area but calls Gardena, CA home. This is where his fondness for smooth rhyme was recognized early. Whyte started rapping in middle school, quickly earning the respect of his peers for what they called his "raw talent". Soon, he was christened "Whyte Boy" âï¿½ï¿½ albeit against his wishes.
"The name Whyte Boy was given to me in high school," he explains, "I used to see people rapping and I used to tell my friends I can rap! I can rap! And they would say Man, you've been saying that for two months, why don't you just rap already? So I said OK! I hopped into a freestyle battle and won. Everyone was like, Man, that was tight! Man, he's good! We had 4000 kids at my high school and everyone thought they could rap. This was around the same time the 8 MILE movie came out where Eminem's character found prominence by rising up in the freestyle battle game. Everyone was into that, and sure enough, I found myself battling 3-4 rappers a day for about a year straight. Word started spreading and rivals started askin' What's your rap name? Man you still don't have a rap name? Well, we just gonna call you White Boy! And I would get mad and say, that's not my name, don't call me that!"
May of that school year, sports gear manufacturer Adidas came to school and sponsored a freestyle battle for the entertainment of the entire student body. Whyte Boy was a contestant. As he relates, "When the DJ asked us our names everyone said who they were, but when he got to me, I paused. So he asked again, What's your rap name? I thought it would be funny to flip it on them, so I said Oh, it's Whyte Boy. The DJ made fun of it and replied, Hey, look everybody, his name is Whyte Boy! The whole crowed laughed. I replied you'll see, you'll see - play the beat!" The DJ played the beat and Whyte Boy went on to topple his competitors. The DJ congratulated him and said "Good job man! Everybody scream, WHYTE BOY! WHYTE BOY!" They complied. From that day on the moniker stuck, "Whyte Boy" was born.
Whyte Boy's hunger for a better life has led him to ignore the conventional rapper trend of dropping out of high school. He graduated college in September 2011 with a bachelor's degree in Business Marketing. But it wasn't an easy ride. He had to make it happen for himself. His struggles in life transformed him into a "grinder"- someone who works tirelessly to achieve their goals, and will not take "no" for an answer. He lives by this mantra, and prides himself in being an innovator. In Jan 2010 He dropped his first album Nothin to Lose - Ballad of a Grinder independently on iTunes through his own label, Prince of a Dream Records (which he formed with business partner Bill Sweatt). With unmatched versatility and lyrical content, his words come 100% from the heart and go beyond the sugarcoated-styling of much of today's music.
He takes his hard-work ethic seriously and applies it to his game, for himself and as a message to others, "I'm here to provide the soundtrack to the grind, for the fearless generation. To motivate my peers to achieve their goals and work tirelessly to tackle the big issues we are being faced with. I want to inspire people to dream again. What I'm looking for can't be sold to me - I'm on a mission to achieve my purpose. I don't want to be compared to any other rapper because we all have different stories- I'm telling mine. I won't make a song unless I feel it; I give my all on every track. I want to make music that you can feel again - while doing it independently"
Having just dropped his second full-length release, Major Independence, Whyte Boy is determined to continue his mission of pride and survival, and is set to complete it with refreshingly original music sure to revitalize a stagnant scene. Hip Hop has needed a shot in the arm, and Whyte Boy is the man to deliver it. Plus, as Whyte Boy recognizes, it is a somewhat unfortunate truth that in these troubling uncertain times, everybody's gonna have to adopt the attitude of Major Independence!
*The new album MAJOR INDEPENDENCE is now available as a FREE download!*
WHYTE BOY on his musical influences:
"I have musical influences from all over there's such a broad spectrum of music that one can't help but appreciate it all. My favorite rapper is Busta Rhymes because he's raw and has great energy. I love 2pac because he made music that you can feel and still relate to till this day. Also, I like The Temprees, The Stylistics, Biggie, Suga Free, Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Dj Quick, Dj Screw, Norman Conner's, Herald Melvin, Frank Sinatra, Coldplay, Nas, Eminem, Jay âï¿½ï¿½Z , Kanye, Westside connection, E40, KRS-ONE and J Dilla. Life is truly my influence along with originality."
Feb 2010 - "Nothin to Lose- Ballad of a Grinder"
Nov 2011 - "Major Independence"