We had the good fortune of connecting with Nicholas Graves a.k.a SGN Dolla Boy and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Nicholas, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
I believe that risk are real and risk are necessary. I know for a fact that in my life, and others can attest that real growth or real change only happens when you get well outside of your comfort zone and do something towards your goal that you’ve never done before. Taking risks have led me to my music career. I have spent a chunk of my life being know as the shy kid with a very raspy voice(which would ultimately cause me to be even more shy) up until college and in the middle of a cipher it got quiet and I heard some lyrics in my head and decided to let them come out and the reaction from my friends was priceless. From there on out I have been raping and perfecting my craft ever since.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Hard work & determination is bottom line what sets the dreamers from the believers. I got a lot of ways to go to reach my goals because I want to be one of the greatest. I want to do so much and touch so many people with my voice and lyrics, my designs whether its a deconstruction piece or a 1 of 1 piece from scratch, or even through the means of philanthropy. “Nothing worth having comes easy,” and I have learned along the way that you are not the best to ever do it. I say this because I think we were all told that you should try to be the best or the greatest when doing the thing we love. To me this just leaves too much room for disappointment because there will almost always be someone stronger, faster, or just better than you. When you reach this point do not panic because this is what the world’s one-percenters have figured out and at this point they have learned to collaborate. You see examples of this in the fashion industry whenever a new brand peaks a older brands seems to do a collaboration project with each other and it brings the older brand back to everyone’s attention. However, consistency is your best friend. Consistency is going to keep your creativity peaking when you’re introduced to the thing that’s deemed ‘better than you,’ when you’re not in the mood to work, or when life hits you fast. More times than not this will be your biggest hurdle to get over: figuring out after every excuse you offer, you’re still going to have to be consistent in your craft to stay on top of your game and in the running for chasing your goal.
I want the world to know that everything I share with them is real, and has reason whether I use another person’s story as a metaphor, whether I use parts of my story, or a 1 of 1 piece; it’s real, it all has meaning to my life, my story, my brand. I pull from different people, different parts of life to show something. The world is always changing and so are we; therefore, my art is communicated and expressed through many forms. I want to use my art to help people adapt to the world around them even if its just to get a head nod and validation of them being able to feel what I feel or felt in the past.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to
take them around to?
When the guys in-town we gotta hit turkey leg hut, that’s just what it is and thats that lol. I really love my niche so you’ll always catch me at the crib crafting or chilling at the crib with the guys. I mean don’t get me wrong, I love to have fun its just I’m more of the art exhibit, workshop, fashion show, chill type of guy for the most part so i try to stay in tune with myself and my avenue of interest.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
First off, I want to shoutout to the Lord of course, for the momentum and drive he gives me daily to be me. I would like to give a huge Shoutout to my brother BigBlockZo for helping me time and time again push through the constant curve balls life throws at us, helping me stay focused and locked in on goals and being a person I can lean and depend on for support, mentorship and encouragement. Shoutout to my brother and sister Neal and Mikkia, 2 of my biggest supporters, their like my real mom and dad lol. Shoutout to my mother Mikki Graves for all her love and support for fueling me to chase my dreams. My father because representation matters. I want to thank my better half for keeping me grounded in a bonafide alliance that keeps me sane and balanced. And all my other believers and supporters who watch me from close and far, I love you all for contributing to my success.
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