We had the good fortune of connecting with Rj Crawford and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Rj, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
Risks have always been my thing I guess you could say.. Ive always bet on myself and my failures have always taught me lessons along the way. I was in the military 10 years, and had my music career on the side performing and rapping overseas. Afterwards in my life, I became homeless, I found myself and my purpose during that time and worked my ass off. I got my diploma and graduated college. Then God blessed me with a good job that motivated me to start my own goals . The lessons I’ve learned along the way have prepared me for who I am today. I am extremely grateful .
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I started taking music seriously during my military career in Seoul, South Korea. My friend, Daniel (Dani) Shin, was in a movie called Hype Nation and I was able to be on set during the filming of that movie. I learned a lot about cameras and how to direct and shoot music videos while actually being able to hang out with Korean and American artists. I hung out with DMX, Krayzie Bones from Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, and Jessica Ho just to name a few. My music career consisted of my own music performances along with shows that Dani booked for us. We opened for major Korean and American acts.
Along the way, I learned the business side and how to market myself for profit. I also learned that long term relationships in business and music is a good way to solidify a great reputation for people who would want to work with you. Those were probably the most exciting and eventful moments in my early career.
I work for a TV broadcast network now and shoot, produce, and edit local commercials. I even had one play on the Super Bowl LIIV. On the side, I film and produce music videos for local and international artists. I still compose and produce my own music. Recently, I got to work with one of my favorite artists, Sy Ari Da Kid, on my upcoming album- Subzero.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I’m from Charleston, so there’s a lot of things to do out here. Let’s say my friend TJ was coming to town, I would first take him to Rodney Scotts to eat some of the best BBQ around. I would also take us to Truphonic, a local recording studio down here. We’d probably check on the Tin Roof and Purple Buffalo for local talent and then hit Downtown Charleston for a drink with the guys. He can see Charleston, the Battery, and Market Street, which is well known to Charleston natives. I also got a pool at the house so we would be kickin’ it there, grilling, playing 2K and Madden.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would say my wife and my close friends have made the biggest impact on my life. My wife is my soul mate, my partner, and best friend. She always encourages me to be the best version of myself while I chase this bag! I wouldn’t be where I am without her. Most of my close friends are guys I’ve been in the Army with for 20+ years. Then I have my other half of guys who I’ve had a musical relationship with over the years. Shout out to my friends Taurean Jorell, Nick Gregory, Jacoby Singleton, Javon Tally, Deion Stars, Daniel Shin, and the rest of the guys!
Candice Crawford, my wife Chloe Johnson, my daughter 360 Productions