Today we’d like to introduce you to Gary Grant.
Gary, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I’m also known by my mic name G-mo The Great. I’m originally from the poorest, most poverty-stricken county of St. Louis, MO. a little county called Welston. Its the type of place nobody visits due to being too afraid of being robbed or being arrested. The people who live there become prisoners of their own homes and of there own fear and insecurities. In my single-parent household I was fortunate to have a mother that instilled compassion, creativity, and education in me. Being an only child until I was 10 yrs old, I struggled with finding my identity and a place where I fit in. I had a passion for writing short stories but so that I wouldn’t get made fun of I started writing raps. Rapping was always an outlet for whatever I was going through, I was nice with words. I made plenty of decisions that for most people don’t end too well but I always seemed to make it through. After getting wrapped up with the wrong crowds, and feeling that I reached the ceiling of my growth, I knew I had to leave St. Louis.
Shortly after the Mike Brown and Ferguson situation, I watched my city turn upside down. My home no longer felt nor looked like home. On Sept. 1st, 2014, I packed up all my stuff in my car and headed to Dallas, TX… Dallas was like nothing I’ve ever seen where people speak to one another, parties that don’t end in fights, but I still couldn’t find my place here. I stayed in touch with everybody from home and noticed that every time I spoke with people from home, I was their therapist. I was giving advice about, relationships, religion, entrepreneurship, politics, stocks and everything else. I notice I had a gift for motivating people, they looked forward to hearing what I had to say. One day I spoke with a legendary radio personality Tony Scott originally from St. Louis but had relocated to Dallas. Tony told me your gift is speaking its time to start a podcast. I soaked up every piece of game he gave me and here we are.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
No, (laughs) it has not been smooth. The hardest thing for me was networking. I’m from a place that is not too friendly. So learning how to open up was a challenge. Also, learning the flow of the city was difficult. Every city has a flow, you know? From the drip to the fashion, the club life, to the music,etc…. Dallas has it own swag that is completely different. Most pick on the wave in the city because they grew up in that city. I was in my 30’s when I got to Dallas so I was stuck in my St. Louis swag but I had to transition.
Please tell us about Krown Jewels Podcast.
Krown Jewels Podcast was born Jan 2018. Krown is symbolic of the head and Jewels symbolic of the mind is the platform for discussing real-life situations such as climbing the corporate ladder, entrepreneurship, lifestyle and social topic. Very raw, transparent, super hilarious but always organic and loaded with Jewels. Myself under my mic name G-mo The Great a.k.a King of the Hustle and with my wild, crazy, super genius Co-Host Nicole Lumbreas a.k.a “Young OakCliff” drop every Tuesday with new jewels. We are tapping in of subjects that everybody goes through but may not speak about… Like mental wellness, the failure that sometimes comes with entrepreneurship, prison reform, etc. What set us apart is that our show is based on positivity and motivation. It so many people covering entertainment, music and social media drama that we stick to uplifting the listeners. But we also have our “irk segment” one moment to be completely honest about what’s getting on your nerves.
If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
I would disregard what people said, lean on faith more and hustled harder like everyday was my last. We have one thing in this life to do and that’s to create a legacy worth remembering.
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