We had the good fortune of connecting with Topher and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Topher, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
Freedom carries a heavy price tag and owning your own successful business is a great way to leverage that cost. From the moment I was old enough to count money, I increasingly learned that money isn’t everything but everything requires money one way or another. I’ve felt the cruelty that this world delivers to those less fortunate so I made it my mission in life to exorcise the spirit of poverty and create a prosperous lifestyle that my family and friends can enjoy for decades to come. Being a business owner grants me the ability to control my schedule, workload, salary, product, and effort unlike any other type of employment. It also allows me to pass along my wealth to my kids, grandkids, and everyone to come. That principle alone is the key to unlocking generational wealth for marginalized communities and those areas that have been critically disenfranchised. Self-employment comes with the privilege of independency from the government, an entity I believe to have abused its authority and purposely crippled many proud Americans by increasing their dependency upon it. All and all, entrepreneurship is an important tool you need to have as the architect of your life if you plan on building something as unique as God made you.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I’m a Billboard charting Hip-Hop Artist that’s recently rose to stardom on TikTok for my political activism. It was a natural transition because since its origin, Hip-Hop has been the vehicle used to carry the message of social justice and equality. I’ve spent the last 20 years dedicated to perfecting my craft as a skilled emcee but it wasn’t until recently when I combined that with my activism, that I started making a genuine impact. Throughout my life I’ve honed my skills through open mics, talent shows, song contests, and battle rapping events so I could become the best artist possible. I’ve seen fellow artists rise to the moniker of mainstream artist several times and the only difference in where they are and where I am is that they never slowed down. I briefly put my music career on hold for two years when I enlisted into the military back in 2011. I was battling with God over my unquenchable desire to be the next Eminem and the lack of success to show for it. It took many people believing in me before I was convinced to pick the mic back up. Thank God that I overcame my doubt.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Honestly, there isn’t much to do in the city limits of Philadelphia, Mississippi. We have one small movie theater, a bowling alley, and a decent water park. However, we do have two casinos, The Golden Moon and The Silver Star, where you can go and try your luck! I advise against it though. We have just as few restaurants to eat at although I do recommend Ronnie’s Steak N Grill if you’re looking for a really nice steak.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
First, I would like to give thanks to God for his unconditional love, mercy, and grace that He’s shown me throughout the entirety of my life. Second, I would like to give thanks to my amazing mother who instilled in me the life principles that have guided me to become the success I am today. Third, I would like to give thanks to my beautiful wife and family that has shown unyielding support even in the face of disagreement. Next, I would like to give thanks to all my incredibly talented and hardworking friends and colleagues that have pushed me to rise up and go beyond my limits. Finally, I would like to give thanks to my amazing supporters and fans for being the backbone to all that I do. When I see your lives improve exponentially from the content I provide, it triggers an emotion I haven’t yet learned to put in words but know that I am forever grateful. For all my folks back in Montgomery County, Mississippi, I want to remind you to never give up!
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