My Musical Biography/Resume
The Beginning: My name at birth was Saul Enrique (Henry) Flores. Born to a single mother, I was given my mother’s maiden name instead of my father’s surname, causing me to be the only one in my family to be given the Flores name through my mother instead of my father; making me the ‘chosen one’ of the family, with an extraordinary talent.
10 years old: After receiving a keyboard for Christmas from my parents, I began learning, by ear, how to play as many songs as possible, of various genres, including classical and jazz. In the process, I learned how to compose my own melodies without ever learning how to read music.
15 years old: I began using synthesizers and samplers together, experimenting with various forms of electronic music; of which I intended to be a pioneer of, including drum ‘n’ bass and house music. I also began rapping over the beats that I composed from scratch, but didn’t really take it seriously; because not only did I feel that no one would take me seriously for being a Mexican rapper, but I also felt that rap had already taken a turn for the worse in that, it became less about an art form, and more about a business that was exploiting the people who listened to it and created it. So I decided to focus more on making beats. I kept on rapping but only free styling whenever the occasion called for it.
Sehf One: At around the same time I began rapping at the age of 15; I also began writing graffiti. I first began writing my initials at birth, which were SEF; but after discovering that there was a black tagger named Sef from Pomona who was killed, and after repeatedly having my initials mistaken for a crew name, I soon realized that I would have to change the spelling of my name. I then decided to include the initial ‘H’ for Henry and began using the name Sehf One.
18 years old: After receiving a classical nylon guitar as a gift, I soon began teaching myself how to play it by ear. I first learned how to tune it by reading some instructions that were written in Spanish; which I could hardly read or understand. Then I began learning how play chords the same way. I soon began composing my own songs on guitar as well as piano and have been ever since.
22 years old: Approximately one year after devoting my life to a community organization; I felt a strong urge to unearth the gift that I had tried to bury 7 years prior. It was obvious to me that after all of the experience that I had gained through touching so many lives in my community with my music that year, that life was pushing me into certain direction; it was time for me to start taking rap seriously again. I began writing my lyrics down and that is what I’ve been doing ever since. I feel like if no one else is going to use rap music wisely, why not me?
Now: I’ve been making music for nearly 2/3rds of my life now, and I’m certain that it is my destiny to achieve greatness with it before I die. There is just too much on the inside of me to go to waste. I strongly believe that life has given me this gift as a weapon against all the injustice and adversity that I’ve had to suffer. That is why I am so adamant about using this gift for good instead of evil. The time has finally come for me to not only strike back against the things that have only served to devalue me, and in the process; help those who have been devalued and help them see their true value. It is vitally important for you to realize that, after reading this, if you would like to be a part of something that will affect many lives; please know that I will not allow this gift fall into the wrong hands because I will be held accountable . Basically, I don’t want anyone telling me what to do with my music, or manipulating me in any way. I compose my own beats, and I write my own rhymes. I need people who will support me in what I feel I have been born to do because I can’t do it alone. Thank you for reading this, and God bless you.