I was driving up I-95, a long straight road from NY to Boston. LL Cool Jay was playing on the radio. I was bopping, snapping, and a line came into my head: “My name is Eva Grayzel; I have a story to tell.” I turned off the radio and my story was born into a ‘rap.’
I started performing my rap at lectures, getting the audience to snap, clap, and keep the beat. My children moaned in embarrassment saying it was too long, just not cool. I knew there was potential. I started looking for a rap artist to coach me and turn the rap into something young people would like and share. During the next two years, I came into contact with three different potential rap artists to work with. One was just too ‘ghetto.’ One used profanity too much and I didn’t think he would be a good person for me to associate myself with.
I had called a local DJ about playing music at our upcoming Oral Cancer Walk for Awareness. He had a wedding that day, but before we hung up the phone, it slipped out: “Know any rap artists that can coach me on rapping and create a professional track for my rap?” Lo and behold, he put me in touch with Gallo of PEM(Positive Energy Movement). What a gem! Not only a rap artist himself, but a producer of his albums and a talented music composer.
Here is a link to the Oral Cancer Survivor Rap lyrics. Comments appreciated!