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Rap Singer Keeps Career in Focus

King Rawzky hails from musical roots

11/5/2014, 4:51 p.m.
King Rawzky was raised in the streets of inner Portland when gentrification did not exist, surviving some rough neighborhoods. Also ...
Portland rap singer and record producer King Rawzky, also known as Antonio PettyJohnBlue, calls his sound ‘rhythm and pleasure.’

King Rawzky was raised in the streets of inner Portland when gentrification did not exist, surviving some rough neighborhoods. Also known as Antonio PettyJohnBlue, he was born with alcohol and drugs in his system, but the tough knocks of an early life did not stop him from learning how to adapt as well as survive.

Possessing flare and finesse, he has a sound like no other, a music called R&P for rhythm and pleasure.

Listening to legends like Michael Jackson, Prince, Marvin Gaye and Stevie Wonder, Antonio aspired to become a superstar just like his musical idols. Although was raised in foster care and admits it still bothers him to this day, the hardship he experienced has made him a stronger artist.

The separation did not deter him from picking up many of the musical talents from his parents.

“My mother’s side of the family is where I developed my ability to move and serenade crowds,” he said.

His father, Jake “the Snake” Booker was a professional musician and teacher of music and currently performs across the nation showcasing his rock and soul funkadelic talents.

“This is where I got my soul, rhythm and funk from,” he says.

Now in midlife, Antonio has put all his focus and drive into being the next breakout star, not only in Portland, but across the world. The 31-year-old also is the chief executive officer of his own Rawzky Records and hopes to change lives of the youth around him who suffer from the effects of gang violence and a lack of role models in their communities.

Antonio’s late grandfather, Venerable F. Booker was a legendary scholar and one of the first black bank presidents. Although he never was able to know him personally, he says he is sure his grandfather would be proud of his accomplishments and love the cleaverness, rhythm and brilliance of his work.

A true found talent, King Rawzky is destined to be crowned one of Portland’s best artists. For a video link to his new release, “Kare for You,” visit http://youtu.be/pfQCSv6I-SI