• Genres
  • Hip-Hop
  • R&B
  • Awards and Nominations
    • SAMMIES 2019 Nominee★ Emcee ★
    • SAMMIES 2019 Nominee★ Hip-Hop/Rap ★
    • SAMMIES 2019 Nominee★ Music Video ★
  • Musicians
    • DeWayne LaMont Ewing Jr. — emcee, poet
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Q & A

All-time favorite song?


I don't have one specific song that's my favorite, but one of my favorites is "Keep Ya Head Up" by 2Pac.

Bonus: You're welcome to submit additional questions and answers of your own below.


#StayConsci8us always.

How do you describe your music to people?


Early on, it was difficult to explain my music to people because I was trying to create my own lane without being boxed in. I now call it Inspirational Hip-Hop and R&B. Its soulful and impactful, definitely something that will inspire you to find purpose in life.

Tell us about your best gig in Sac.


My favorite/best show I've had in Sac was kicking off the 2018 Sacramento MLK March to commemorate the 50-year anniversary of Dr. King's Legacy. This was one of the most memorable experiences I've had thus far. My music video "Freedom" captures the entire day, it was amazing.

What was the first song you learned to play?


The first full song I remember rapping was "I Need A Love" by LL Cool J.

What's next for you?


I'm ready for God's will, honestly. I know it's time for me to push this Consci8us message forward. I'm ready to change the world. Its time. #StayConsci8us

What's the story behind your stage name?


Fear made me Consci8us. I came face-to-face with violence at the age of 15. My rap name was Sh8dy. Fast-forward five years later in 2015, I committed to going by Consci8us. Changing my name was crucial because it embodied who I was truly becoming.

Who are your biggest influences?


Jesus and my mother. My older brothers and my nieces and nephews as well. The older I'm getting, I'm really understanding the importance of family. God is uniting us, and it influences me to keep pushing everyday.

My biggest influences musically have been 2Pac, Nas, Black Ice (Def Jam Poetry), Lauryn Hill, India Arie and many others. J. Cole influenced me earlier on as well. All of these artist inspired me in their own way.

Who first inspired you to play music?


I was born with the gift. I started off beat-boxing and memorizing lyrics to rap for my brothers. They thought it was cool how I could memorize full songs, because they couldn't catch on as quickly, lol. Looking back, the music was always in me.

Words to live by?


These are two of my foundational truths:

"Whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap."—Galatians 6:7 KJV.

"The time is always right to do what is right"—Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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