ItsthePACE: The Legendary Journey
By Steven Marshall
How does an epic journey begin?
When is the first shot of battle fired?
The only way to understand the lack of options on the street is to immerse yourself in it. There are plastic rappers who enjoy pretending they never lived wholesome, middle-class childhoods.
ItsthePACE is no such creature; his war for success has always been a running battle; one that began at a young age fighting to protect his siblings from a war without end. Outgunned on all sides from drug-pushers, alcoholics and prostitution rings, he quickly identified the only exit was to man-up and drag his brothers from the battlefield to salvation.
And all through the pain and violence, music kept ItsthePACE sane. It spoke to him from an early age. He could feel the beat of the streets flowing through his blood and he was eager to explore artistic avenues. Still, the money he and his family needed to survive was elusive, and the necessity to deal or jack was never far behind. The streets consumed him like everyone else and he was cut up in all of it for years. The shadow of Pace's former life loomed large with its promise of easy money. Like the old saying goes: "You be cool for twenty hours and I'll pay ya twenty grand."
It was soon apparent that while his passion for music burned white-hot, Pace was far from ready. The dream that he hungered for was premature.
The painful truth consumed him... if he couldn't find a legitimate way to pay the wolves, Pace would either die in a hail of gunfire, or rot in jail.
But even the skills learned in the gutter can help a ghetto warrior survive when their back is against the fire. By chance, Pace found a new battleground on which to excel; one almost as cut-throat as the street where the spoils were just as rewarding.
With zero experience and only his savvy survival skills, Pace soon evolved into the deadliest shark in the pool, hustling everything from software to high profile promotional products. His climb upon the corporate ladder was legendary and Pace was the hottest commodity in the game. Admired by men and adored by women, doors opened in quick succession and Pace rose through the ranks from Sales Rep to Director of Sales.
But destiny called once more.
While his body enjoyed the money, his heart and soul still yearned for music. And when he had learned all he could about the Sales Universe, Pace knew it was time to give one more shot at fueling his spirit, lest he die trying.
To Be Continued