Brotha Rock was born in 1973 in San Diego California. He was raised in Southeast San Diego with his brother, and two sisters, by his mother Beverly Singleton. At the age of 4 he began to beat on pots and pans until he got his first drum set at the age of 6 years old. He began public performances in a first grade school production. His biggest influence was his mother who was also a poet and iridologist; who he would regard in these words, "She is my inspiration." As a teen, Rock was known as 'Shamrock' from the Lincoln Park Bloods in Southeast San Diego. At the age of 16 he was locked up for stabbing a rival gang member. When he was released from jail, gang violence nearly took his families life, in retaliation of a gang fight, when his mother's home was shot up with an M-16 in 1989. By the time he was 18 he achieved what is called 'OG' status. By 19 he gradually left the street life when his daughter was born. In regards to his daughter's birth, he has stated "She saved my life." Education Brotha Rock attended Baker Elementary, a Music Conservatory, and The School of Creative and Performing Arts (O'Farrell SCPA) in San Diego CA., where he studied percussion instruments. In both schools he played for various school- related venues. Later in 1998, Rock had a spiritual identity crisis which led him on a spiritual journey seeking Universal Truth. During this time he studied the major religions of the world for over a decade. In 2005, he received a PHD in Religious Philosophy through Universal Life Church, in Modesto CA. Throughout the course of his studies he discovered he was suffering from depression. After going through treatment, along with intense studies, he overcame the affects of depression. And from this arose within him a new outlook on spirituality and it's connection to reality. As his spirituality matured he began recording his debut Album, *2007 C.E, released November 2, 2008. As a part of his therapy, he also authored and published a book entitled 'Tree of Life', due to hit stores in 2009, which chronicles his spiritual journey and explains the symbolism of the*Album cover. In regards to his faith he says, "I am a Child of God, and My Religion is Love, and the Way of God is balance, not extremes." Music Brotha Rock started rapping at the age of 12 years old, inspired by his favorites, such as; Run DMC, Eric B & Rakim, KRS1, X-Clan, and many more. He also loves R&B greats such as; Michael Jackson, Smokey Robinson, Keith Sweat, and more modern greats such as R-Kelly. Rock describes his music as Positive Gangsta Music®, because it reflects his ties to the streets balanced with his spirituality or what he would call "Reality in proper context." One of Rock's firm beliefs is that 'Life is School', therefore, reality is the inspiration of his music. So he enjoys writing songs about life experiences, and what he learned from them, about change, and also having a good time. Rock's talent is not limited to just writing and composing Rap songs but he also has been able to diversify his gift by writing and composing R&B. For a long time, while growing up, his family didn't know he can sing a 'little something', as he would put it, but Rock enjoys writing about Love, and the ups and downs of relationships. In most cases, you can bet his songs are based on a true story. Brotha Rock also has a unique ability to identify and develop talent. Currently, his protégées include his brother Dre. Miz and his sister Kimistry which feature on his double album 2007.C.E. Dre Miz features on the songs 'Head Spin' and 'Connection', and Kimistry is featured on the club banger 'Honey'. He has also collaborated with local Houston producer Chi-Town who is originally from Chicago. Chi-Town produced 75% of Brotha Rock's current Album and also features on the songs 'Head Spin' and 'Bent Up'. These four artists compose The World Wide Clik. World Wide meaning two things; first, it refers to a global and universal mentality; and secondly, the artists are from different places. Brotha Rock has also collaborated with other local producers including Muhammad 2G, who co-wrote and produced Whitney Houston's hit single "What Cha Looking At" on the 'Just Whitney' album released in 2000. This was later remixed and released by Bad Boy Entertainment. Muhammad 2G currently features on 'Pop Yo Collar' with Brotha Rock another hit single off the double album, 2007 C.E. Personal Life Rock's role models were brothers in the local Temple and a man named Ernest. Ernest used to pick up the kids in the neighborhood to sell candy and bumper stickers for his 'Just Say No' to drugs campaign. Like many inner city youth, Rock grew up without a father, so these positive influences inspired him to also give back to the community. So in San Diego, during the summer 1999, he started a community outreach program for the youth in his neighborhood. Since then, in 2007, he was appointed President of another community outreach program in Houston TX, called W.O.P.E * M.O.D.E. Brotha Rock is currently engaged, and has two children, a boy age 15 and a girl age 17, and lives in Houston TX.
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