At the tender age of 5, Gov had the experience of recording his first song. From that point on hip-hop has always been in Gov’s life. His older cousins and one particular mentor were all in rap groups together. Often times they would promise the young Gov a trip to the studio, to record with them. Through his adolescence years, Gov would find the challenge of proving his talent. It wasn’t until years later after Gov had several professional studio recordings, that they finally took him serious. From that alone, his love for music and his passion to entertain has enabled him to grow into a great rap artist, producer, and performer.
Music has always been a part of Big Gov, its no coincidence to what influences him, just ask him yourself and his response will be; “It’s authentic and real, that’s what I grew up on”, as Gov expressed to Don Diva Magazine. “I have personal ties to old school music.” With inspirations of artist such as Issac Hayes, Curtis Mayfield, Rick James, and Prince, the term soul samples has clearly resonated with Big Gov since hip-hop music cut the umbilical cord from the Disco era. Respecting the work of his peers, those that have come before him in hip-hop often influence Gov. To the likes of Dj Quick, Bink, (“One Shot Deal”), Jay-Z, Nas, Royce Da 5’9”, KRS-One, Run DMC, Fat Boys, Rakim, Dr. Dre, DJ Premier (Gangstarr), 2Pac Shakur, and Pete Rock.
Gov’s lyrical content goes far beyond the fashionable commercial hype. Dealing with the harsh realities of a father in and out of his life and a drug addicted mother. His pain is felt through songs like “Don’t take it Personal” it’s as if Gov is at his moment of clarity in every bar. Even when he is motivationally connecting with songs such as “Believe”, that was spawn out the “fall of dynasty” and his mothers fight with cancer. Tragically, Gov lost his mother to cancer in February of 2005. “She told me to use her strength during her battle with cancer as an example, to move forward”, with remembrance to his mother he uses just that to persevere.
In spite of all the adversities, Gov managed to build the strength needed to carry on. Beyond just writing and producing his own music, Gov has been able to arrange and produce music for many industry artists such as AZ, the late Proof of D12, Royce Da 5’9”, Styles P of the Lox, Mr.Cheeks of the Lost Boys, and a host of Detroit based artists. Also he has produced and performed the single “Rags to Riches” that can be heard on the video game “NBA Ballers”. For the popular video game conglomerate Midway Games. His music is currently being featured on the hit MTV comedy show “Yo Momma”, “Rob and Big”, and reality TV series “Run’s House”
Though music is Gov’s first love he has been bitten by the acting bug, with his cinematic debut in the feature film “Envy”, produced by Desmond Walker. Gov plays the role of “Marcell” , also starring Lisa Raye McCoy, Maia Campbell, AZ, and Ray J. With one compilation album “Storm of the Century” released by local Detroit record label “D Boy Records” (1999), and the upcoming album “Cry Now Laugh Later” to be released through “In R Circle Records”. Gov is finally ready to branch out and make the kind of music that the streets want to hear. With singles like “Money Talk” and “Callin My Name”, those have summer anthem written all over them.
As the recipient of the 4th Annual Underground Music Awards “Hip Hop Titan 2006”, nominations for the “Producer of the Year” and “Performer of the Year” at the Detroit Hip-Hop Awards. There is no question to how hard Gov works when it comes to music. Even though Gov has never taken a music lesson you would never know by listening to his beats. His stage presence will command your attention. He has a way of making an audience feel a part of the show. Gov is destined to become one of music’s most accomplished and unforgettable talents.