Born and raised in Staten Island (New Brighton), New York, Samuel was brought up in a Pentecostal Christian church. His Father was a preacher/teacher as far back as he could remember. Samuel tried to live up to the Christian standards, but never truly understood who Jesus was. Once he hit High School, Sam wasn't interested in church anymore. An avid listener to Hip Hop music, his dream was to one day be a rap star, just like Staten Islands own Wu Tang Clan, whom he adored at the time. In 1996, he was invited to a recording studio, where he layed down his first track, but by the following year in '97, he and his crew had already gotten into so much trouble, when he was barely 17, his parents decided to move the family down to Orlando Florida, with hopes of getting Sam away from the street life.
It was hard for him to adapt to this new environment, but what kept Samuel grounded was his love for music. Going by BEZERK, which was the name he adopted while in NY, he would get into rap ciphers in school, and went to house parties, just to get on the open mic. That's when he first started to get noticed. His opportunity came 2 years later, when he started recording music and performing at shows all around Central Florida, working with local Orlando Hip Hop artists such as Realm Z, Paradox Unit (DMG), X:144, Critical and Madness, and putting out local hits like 'Do The M.A.F', and 'Fire'. During this initial run, he suffered an unexpected loss, with the murder of his best friend. An event that he would later revisit in one of the greatest songs he did called 'Now Born 4 This' produced by IMAKEMADBEATS. After a year long hiatus from music, Sam rentered the scene with a renewed focus. Serving as co-host for two of Orlando's Premiere local radio stations at the time, 95Live and Raw 94, which showcased local Hip Hop, he began to stake his claim as one of the city's hottest solo artists, eventually being nominated for Hip Hop Artist of the Year, at The 1st Annual Orlando Urban Music Awards in 2002. By this time, he had already shared top billing at several shows with the likes of Cormega, Memphis Bleek, and Dead Prez, and worked with the talents of Mad Illz, Press Box, Reddi Ray, DJ Chino, Uniq, and many more. After a few mixtapes, albums, and plenty of rap beef, he eventually stepped away from the industry in 2003, and went into hustling. He was suffering from depression, even contemplating suicide on many occasions. After some years, the hustling stopped, and in 2006, he was back to recording songs. Working with a new talent pool, he continued to press on and pursue a career in Hip Hop, appearing on several mixtapes, making cameos in numerous music videos, and performing in great events such as GrindTimeNow's Lounge Battles, alongside well known greats like, Wordsworth, NINE, and Shabazz The Disciple. In 2011, simply going by B.E.Z by this point, he put out a solo mixtape called "I'm Now Born" which featured the single 'Big Boyz'. Going in a new direction the following year, he along with another artist, Skrewbanga, put out a song called 'Hatred', produced by Ryan Secret, which was followed by a music video, and by the fall of 2012, was featured in an All Star lineup mixtape called OZONE, mixed and hosted by DJ Maestro and Chaos. Coincidentally, that would be his last recording in over 4 years. His toughest challenges still lay ahead.
In his own words,
"I was on a roll. Then I almost lost my family, due to my lack of true love and dedication. I was at a crossroads. I was finally where I wanted to be at musically. Deals on the table, and plenty more. But I was about to lose my Wife and kids. So I did what any man in my situation should do. I gave up those self-centered dreams of mine, to pursue a great life with my family. And the first decision I made was the greatest decision I ever made, and that was to rededicate my life to Jesus. Before this, I was at a point in my life, that I no longer truly believed there was a God. I started to believe in Knowledge of Self. I felt there was no need for a God in my life. Boy was I wrong. I gave up that lie, to pursue the One who had been pursuing me my entire life. The One who saved me on many occasions from ending up in jail, or even dead. Now I am a follower of Jesus Christ, and all that I do from this moment on is for the Glory of God. I gave my life to the Lord on September of 2012. In that same month, I took all my music CD's, which were about 600, ranging from Hip Hop, Rock, and R&B; with classics from Nas, Big Pun, and Wu Tang, and even my own material; threw it all in a trash bag, and put it in the trash, because I no longer needed that influence, and neither did my children. I was also full of Joy when my Wife and children also dedicated their lives to the Lord later that year. When I first gave my life to the Lord, I asked God to take my talent, because I no longer wanted it. I used this talent that he gave me for self. All I ever wrote about was myself and how dope I was. Now my life revolved around Him, so I no longer needed it. But I did tell God, that if he ever wanted me to use it for His will, I knew He would give it back to me. So I'm here to say, God gave it back to me. And no longer do I go by B.E.Z or BEZERK. Like 2 Corinthians 5:17 says, "..If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come." Now I go by 2nd Samuel, because that old man is dead, and I am the new complete version in Christ."
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