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I was born in Boston, MA and raised on the mean streets of Dorchester, surrounded by drug dealers, gangs and street violence. As far back as I can remember at age 4 my Pops would put me and three of my brothers in front of the microphones with our extra-large head sets on and we would sing songs along with the radio, play a number of different instruments and I remember our first hip-hop rap was done to the beat of Jingle-bells. At the age of seven, my Nana passed, my mom and pops separated, suddenly life started to get extremely hard, my mom was forced to take on the full responsibility of me and my four brothers. As I watched my mom struggle to take care of us, working three jobs to make sure we had everything we needed and most of what we wanted. I through-out my school years wanted to become an NBA Basketball player so I could buy my mom a house and she wouldn't have to work so hard. I played basketball in school, after school and all day on the weekends, when ever I could, If I wasn't playing ball I was listening to music, mostly Biggie smalls, Tupac, Big L, Big Pun, Jay Z and Nas. In middle school I was the captain of the team but somewhere along the way I developed what the doctors called "Athletic Asthma", so NBA was out of the question for me. In 9Th grade I stopped playing ball and started to couch the Boston Neighborhood Basketball League. At the age of 13, I started to put my life's pain and disappointments down on paper, I started creating my own lyrics. My very first song I wrote was called "Off The Porch". I put together a group of family and friends and we called the group "Bean City" we performed and came in 1st place in talent shows in and around the city of Boston, we performed twice at the Strand Theater. After the Bean City group broke-up, I continued to write lyrics, determined to become a great artist, I am now known as Boston's Hip Hop Artist AYO. The name AYO comes from the many people who describes me as Artistic, Young, and Official. At the age of twenty I decided to take my music career to another level. I enrolled into college, with business marketing as my major, I decided to start my own record label. I call it Hustle N Da Struggle Record. I chose this name to remind me of how my life was growing-up, what I have experienced within the music industry and where I come from. On April 22, 2008, I held a CD Release Show at Roxbury Community College to release my debut album "Ragz 2 Riche$". I can now say with my album on the market and Hustle N Da Struggle Record's on the rise, I have with the help of my family created more opportunities for AYO Boston's young CEO.

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