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Ask any rapper how they come up with their lyrics, and most will tell you it takes hours of sitting down with a pen and pad and working out rhymes.
There are also freestylers who create rhymes in their head and deliver them in the studio without writing them down.
Now imagine if you could not write them down to begin with.
The rhyming skills of Decurrian, a rapper in the band Staxx Brothers, depended on his ability to create lyrics in his head.
Decurrian, the stage name for Amin Tony Hester, has had poor vision since birth as a result of glaucoma. He chose to never write down his lyrics since he began rapping at 13.
"It's the way I've always done it," Decurrian said. "I've tried to write it down, but it's just easier in my head."
Decurrian chose to undergo a cornea transplant in February. The complications sidelined him from performing with the Staxx Brothers until this weekend for MILFstock II.
Decurrian, who was born and raised in Detroit before moving to Tacoma, has been positioned on a couch in his living room waiting for broken blood vessels to clear out.
Decurrian said the vessels burst during surgery and the doctor thought the blood was cleaned out.
His planned trip to the doctor on Saturday means he will be commanding the stage Friday night for his screaming fans. He said he is usually not one to get hyped up for a show, but makes an exception for this one.
"Last year's MILFstock was fun so I really hope this one is too," Decurrian said. "It was the most fun show (I've done)."
That's surprising coming from somebody who has opened up for Sir Mix-A-Lot and Maktub.
"(Maktub) was off the hook," he said. "There was such a great crowd response."
Decurrian loves to play off the crowd when he's in the moment.
"I love to interact with the crowd," Decurrian said. "I keep the laid-back feel going, but if it's an uppity crowd, I keep it energetic."
Davin Michael Stedman, the Staxx Brothers' lead singer, met Decurrian after hearing him rap in 1999. Stedman invited him to the studio for his radio show, and after the show, they began working together.
Stedman admires Decurrian for everything he has been through.
"He's the bravest individual I know, not just musician," Stedman said. "I've seen him struggle for years with this. Nine out of 10 MCs would have given up."
Friday night's show will be the first performance for Decurrian with his old bandmates. Some personnel changes have occurred, the most significant being the addition of the 12th & Vine rhythm section sitting in with Stedman and Decurrian.
The Friday night show at 405 Colorado St., which is being sponsored by Pacific Rim Brewery, also includes 12th & Vine, Special T and The D Street All Stars.
The first band hits the stage at 9 p.m.
- The Daily Evergreen Online


Decurrian is a dope MC from the city of Tacoma who has ravaged microphones with a stage presence and lyrical tenacity all his own. A college-educated MC, Decurrian (a name derived from the Roman word Decurion which means “A commander of a troop of thirty soldiers”) came to local prominence while rapping with respected producer, Tyrant and club legend, DJ Goldfinger in the rolling hills of Pullman and the Palouse area at Washington State University (Go Cougs!). Always respected and noted for his distinct flow, lyrics and voice — Decurrian achieved local celebrity status, but much like other “talented” people he would find himself in the maze of business and life.



Oh … Did I mention that Decurrian is legally blind?



Not only is he a dope MC, but Decurrian (also known as DC Staxx) has seen his way through the so-called “impairment” of his blindness with a third-eye thinking and rhyming style that today has him fronting The Staxx Brothers with fellow WSU Coug, DP Staxx. I gotta give it up in a real way to Decurrian, because while so many people on the daily talk about what they can’t do, while so many so-called MCs complain about “the struggle” — my man is over here challenging and succeeding against what some would succumb to. So, in that way Decurrian is more than an MC — he’s a role model, a go-getter and a true inspiration for what an MC was coined to be … a master of ceremonies whose sight was beyond what two eyes can see … a visionary of sorts is what Decurrian is. So, check the brother out Oct. 4 with The Staxx Brothers at China Clipper in The O.

for the whole artical: Decurrian is a dope MC from the city of Tacoma who has ravaged microphones with a stage presence and lyrical tenacity all his own. A college-educated MC, Decurrian (a name derived from the Roman word Decurion which means “A commander of a troop of thirty soldiers”) came to local prominence while rapping with respected producer, Tyrant and club legend, DJ Goldfinger in the rolling hills of Pullman and the Palouse area at Washington State University (Go Cougs!). Always respected and noted for his distinct flow, lyrics and voice — Decurrian achieved local celebrity status, but much like other “talented” people he would find himself in the maze of business and life.



Oh … Did I mention that Decurrian is legally blind?



Not only is he a dope MC, but Decurrian (also known as DC Staxx) has seen his way through the so-called “impairment” of his blindness with a third-eye thinking and rhyming style that today has him fronting The Staxx Brothers with fellow WSU Coug, DP Staxx. I gotta give it up in a real way to Decurrian, because while so many people on the daily talk about what they can’t do, while so many so-called MCs complain about “the struggle” — my man is over here challenging and succeeding against what some would succumb to. So, in that way Decurrian is more than an MC — he’s a role model, a go-getter and a true inspiration for what an MC was coined to be … a master of ceremonies whose sight was beyond what two eyes can see … a visionary of sorts is what Decurrian is. So, check the brother out Oct. 4 with The Staxx Brothers at China Clipper in The O.
For the whole articale: http://www.weeklyvolcano.com/article/2742 - Weekly Volcano


http://www.seattleweekly.com/slideshow/view/112966 - Seattle weekly


I've got an interview with Decurrian for Seaspot.com coming up. If you don't know about him, check him out. The brother is blind and doing his rap thing REGARDLESS. Talk about inspiration! - Seattle Slim


Decurrian - Decurrian is a talented artist reppin' Vancouver. Sadly, I don't have his solo album. I'm waiting to get a copy from R.P.M.

"It's been highly anticipated
and they finally let me out the gate
so all you lame n*ggas better run, duck, escape
break me? - not even if you had sticks and stones
I walk alone, I don't need help when the drama is on..." - Decurrian from The Compilation - http://www.epinions.com/content_3329466500


The Brothers finally struck a chord two years later, when they put together a band that included one of their best friends, a blind black rapper with roots in Detroit, and known as Decurrian. A gentleman and a scholar himself, Decurrian (AKA DC) hailed most recently from the hilltops of Tacoma, where he cut his teeth on the experiences of the Street, and triumphed over his disability by writing 100s of verses solely on the canvas of his razor sharp intellect. He brought a story to tell and a stage presence that was truly a sight to be seen.

Armed with Decurrians authentic flows, DP Staxx’s bottomless bag of tricks, and JD Staxx’s stone cold musta, the boys went on a 10 month run. A hair raising California tour, founding the infamous MILFstock Festival, all while inspiring the locals papers to write them up at least a dozen times.

- http://teamstadium.wordpress.com/


Discography

Debut album: Visions of a Blind Man
Albums featured on:
Everything I want by Tyrant
Insight and Entertainment by RPM
The Album by Kady Kane
The Compilation By Tyrant
The Pharmacist by The Street Pharmacist
Respect Da Hustle by On One
Seattle Street Mix Vol 4 by Red Pill Records
So They Say by Kady Kane
Compilation by Cascade Entertainment
All City Chop vol 1 by 206 MUSIK: CHOPPT//SKRWD by Zachariah Tha Barber

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Nearly blind since the age of nine, Decurrian’s heightened awareness of sound helped him create a vibrant and colorful musical style, which encapsulates his life story, humble demeanor and ambitious drive. Much like two of his inspirations, Ray Charles and Stevie Wonder, Decurrian has a voracious appetite for many different kinds of music, and refuses to confine himself to any one sound or style. His musical range helps his broad-base appeal, in addition to his unique perspective on life. Decurrian’s (D.C.) story is as fascinating as his music. Amin (a-me-n) Tony Hester, Decurrian’s given name, was born in Hutzel Hospital in Detroit, Michigan on November 30, 1979. He was born with a visual impairment. At the age of nine, he went completely blind in his left eye and struggled with the right. Growing up, one of eight children on Petoskey Street in west Detroit, his family could barely earn enough money, which forced Decurrian to grow up in a low income environment. In light of his childhood struggles, Decurrian was raised in a musical environment, absorbing the breadth of his parents’ enormous record collection and knowledge of music. At the age of ten, his parents separated, and it was soon after he moved to Tacoma, Washington. Spending the school years in Tacoma and summers in Detroit allowed Decurrian to experience the extreme differences in cultures between the Midwest and Northwest; this brought him a whole new perspective on life. Although Decurrian started writing at the age of nine; he actively began his career as a lyricist at the age of fifteen. He was featured in several local artist songs including “G-Files,” ”Gotta Have Something,” “What Makes You Wanna Get Yours” and “Keep It Poppin’” with Buzzar (Buzz-R) a Tacoma-based group. As a teen he was faced with many personal and societal difficulties, which turned him to hustling to support him self and running the streets with a local gang. His integrity and fearless independence earned him street credibility, regardless of his personal struggles. After graduating from high school in Tacoma at the age of seventeen, his mother sent him to live on his own off Rainier Ave. in Seattle. He attended Washington State Services for the Blind to continue preparing himself, in the event he loses his sight completely. Following this two-year program he attended Tacoma Community College (T.C.C.), after the first quarter Decurrian returned to Detroit for a brief visit. Since he had only applied two weeks earlier, he was surprised to hear from his mother in Tacoma, that he had received a letter of acceptance to Washington State University (W.S.U.). With absolutely nothing, he got on the train heading to W.S.U.; it was while he was at W.S.U., during his first semester, his family moved back to Detroit, leaving him in the Northwest. He has now graduated with a B.A. in Communicational Studies with a minor in Music. During his junior year, Decurrian went completely blind for five months and still managed to stay in school and pursue his music. With the mountain of challenges he’s been climbing his entire life, he has mastered the true meaning of being humble and his lyrics express it. Nearly everything he recorded bore the stamp of his inspirational outlook. Even when he addressed serious cultural, social and spiritual issues or rapped about heartbreak and romantic uncertainty, an underlying sense of optimism and hope always seemed to emerge. Early on Decurrian recognized his natural poetic talent. Over the past decade, as he continued to write raps about his experiences, his creativity expanded, which has made him a respected and talented lyricist. Decurrian has been asked to sign with several local record companies and labels but never did. He is waiting for the right opportunity with a company that can utilize his stories and experiences to the fullest. Although he has yet to sign a contract, he has been affiliated with Tyrant Productions, RPM Productions and Revolutions Records for the past seven years. He has written, co-written, collaborated, featured and performed numerous tracks with these entities. His performances include opening for platinum artists such as Sir Mix-A-Lot, Mac Mall, Yukmouth and Maktub, as well as headlining several of his own shows throughout the Northwest. Today, Decurrian continues to perform consistently but his main focus has been working on his highly anticipated debut album, “Visions of a Blind Man”. The album, released in 2007.