SCS uses hip-hop to inspire and promote social justice.
San Francisco-based recording artist SCS spent his childhood in New York where he gained a deep appreciation for music through his father’s jazz records, sisters’ pop records and his own hip hop & breakbeat cassette tapes. His family on both sides has strong ties to music, including his father, a jazz drummer who played alongside many greats including Miles Davis.
Departing from the Empire State at 13 years of age, SCS moved to Minneapolis in his parents’ home state. During his junior & senior year in high school, he started participating in cyphers & writing rhymes. After graduating, he returned to the East Coast and went to a small liberal arts college just outside Philadelphia. It was there that he went deeper in developing his skill-set as a lyricist: freestyling all over campus, writing raps in his free time and performing alongside college bands. During his college years, he was fortunate to have studied overseas in France & Zimbabwe; become multilingual (English, French, Spanish, Shona); hone his writing skills; develop his liberal worldview; and receive an honorary degree in literature.
After college, SCS followed his dream and went west to California. He moved into his sister’s apartment in San Francisco’s Lower Haight district where he worked in the neighborhood café while pursuing his passion to learn as much as he could about audio recording & studio production. He invested his modest earnings into his first home studio recording setup and started recording other artists he knew through his personal network. Meanwhile, a night club manager who was a patron of the cafe offered him a job at the local night club that allowed him to put more back into music while still being able to afford to live in the city.
He moved out of the Lower Haight to San Francisco’s Bernal Heights district in 2005 while SCS bringing his recording engineering skills downtown to Crimson Studios. Crimson was a once-beautiful recording space near the ballpark that was home to many talented Bay Area hip-hop artists. By 2006, he started his own label Richland Records to put out music with some of the artists he was working with at the time.
Fast-forward to New Year’s Eve 2016 in Vancouver, BC where SCS was vacationing with his wife — he had a vivid dream that hip-hop legend DJ Premier told him to start putting out his own music. In the days that followed, SCS started writing his 14-track debut album First Day of School that came out 10 months later (on 9/30/16), which he recently followed up with his 15-track sophomore album Leaps & Bounds that dropped almost exactly a year later (on 9/29/17). Both albums are out now on iTunes, Apple Music & Spotify among other outlets.
SCS has since put out several audio singles & music videos and is almost finished with his third studio album Gentleman & A Scholar slated to drop later this year / early 2020.