“When you get where you need to get, then you can slow down. But life happens so fast, you have to stay on top of things. At the end of the day, no one is going to take care of me but me.” –Scott King
Scott King – a name which comes from the combination of his maternal family surname and the concept that men should be kings – brings a message that is largely missing from the industry today. He skips the braggadocio and forgoes the glorification of money, women, and drugs. With a sound and lyrical content reminiscent of the days of real hip-hop, Scott King’s rhymes focus on humility, dreams actualized, and perseverance.
“I like really having something to talk about,” he says. “Everything I rap about is really a part of my life. You can get to know me through my music. Instead of rapping about money and cars, I like to tell a story. There’s a million people going through what I’m going through and I want to share that with them.” He shares his truth to show listeners, especially young people, that anyone can make it. The key is to never give up; go after any goal until it gets reached, and find an avenue to make things happen.
Scott King’s philosophy and work ethic are the actualization of “the grind” many are so quick to claim, but few truly live. No matter what time he gets to bed, he is up at 8:00 am every day working on his craft. Writing. Producing. Recording. Creating. He knows that you can’t wait for things to get done; you have to make things happen on your own. It’s this ethos that has made him the self-sufficient one-man-show he is today. Having never truly had management, he is used to going it on his own and resourceful enough to figure out a way to get things done. Not only does he put pen to paper and rhyme to mic to tell his story, but he records and mixes his own tracks in an in-home studio – one which he built and wired from scratch with his own two hands. With or without a team, with or without label backing, Scott King is determined to make a way for what he wants.
His drive grew alongside him in a single-parent home in Flatbush Brooklyn. He and his brother were forced to learn life the hard way while his mother worked constantly to pay the bills. There was no male figure in his life. Naturally, the streets raised him. His mother couldn’t always afford everything he and his older brother wanted, but he simply refused to do without. Not having it made him determined to get it. He found a way to get what they wanted – often doing things the street way – until he figured out a better way.
Scott King discovered the art of rhyme through his older brother’s cassettes of rap pioneers and game changers like Rakim, Big Daddy Kane, Special Ed, and Run DMC. Drawn to the style of lyricism and storytelling, he wanted to learn to put words together the way the voices spewing from his brother’s stereo could. He started rapping at the age of 11, recording at home on the family tape deck, and stuck with it through grade school on into college. During his first year at Kingsboro College, he caught the attention of Violator records. He signed a deal then and left school to follow his dreams, soon working with production heavyweights Kool & Dre, Bryan Michael Cox, DJ Premiere, NO ID, and even garnering him a commercial deal with Under Armour.
Fast forward to the present day, and King is between New York and Atlanta and still on a constant grind: working full time and actively raising his 5-year-old daughter, and recording and producing new material with Producer Extraordinaire Drumma Boy . He has songs with Anthony Hamilton, Jeremiah, Bun B, and Jadakiss among others, in preparation for his upcoming EP entitled “All Things Must Past.” Having named it after the realization that yesterday must come to an end and better is coming soon, King says his new project focuses learning from the past and moving on to the future.
For Scott King, all life’s negatives have turned to positives. Now it’s time to share his message of transformation with the world.