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MY NAME IS JOSEPH FOLAU. OTHER WISE KNOWN AS $$JOE DOLLA$$!! THE NAME WAS GIVEN TO ME FROM PEERS AT A YOUNG AGE, DUE TO MY HIGH PRESERVERANCE LEVEL OF ME ALWAYS SEARCHING FOR AN EXTRA DOLLA THROUGHOUT MY NEIGHBORHOOD!! BEING SO WEN TIME CAME TO COLLECT ENDS WITH FRIENDS TO BUY SOMETHING I ONLY HAD A DOLLAR IN MY POCKET! WHETHER IT WAS HUSSTLIN, SHOOTIN HOOPS, BETTING ON A KINGS GAME, THE DOLLAR BILL WAS ALWAYS INVOLVED!! I WAS BORN AND RAISED IN SACRAMENTO,CALIFORNIA!! BROUGHT UP IN THE SOUTH SIDE ON THE 4200 BLOCK OF THE VALLEY HI NEIGHBORHOOD!! SAME STORY DIFFERENT AUTHOR!! GROWING UP AS A MINORITY, SEEMS AS IF MY PARENTS CAME TO AMERICA IN WANTING TO PAVE A BETTER WAY FOR ME AND MY BROTHERS AND SISTERS!! BUT THE DAILY SITUATIONS AND SURROUNDINGS ONLY STEROTYPED MY RACE, AS US "NOT ABLE TO MAKE IT NO WHERE IN LIFE, ESPECIALLY BEING BORN AND RAISED IN THE HOOD" DAILY ROUTINES AS A YOUNG KID VARIED FROM SEEING GANGS, DRUGS, PROSTITUTION, AND EYE WITNESSING HOMICIDES!! WITH MY FATHER LEAVING DUE TO PERSONAL REASONS WITH MY MOTHER, THE STREETS BECAME MY FATHER FIGURE! WITH INVOLVING MYSELF IN NEGATIVE VIBES GROWING UP, I SLOWLY NOTICED THAT I WAS ONLY BECOMING A "VICTIM" OF THE STEREOTYPES THAT WERE CASTED UPON MY PEOPLE!! SO AT THE AGE OF 12 MARKED THE TIMESPAND OF ME INVOLVING MYSELF IN THE ART OF POETRY AND MUSIC! WITH THE DAILY STRESS THAT I DEALT WITH AT A YOUNG AGE, A PEN AND NOTE BOOK PAPER WAS MY REMEDY IN EXPRESSING MY FEELINGS WITH WORDS THAT RYHMED AND THAT SPOKE OUT FOR THE YOUTH OF MY GENERATION!! TOPICS VARIED FROM MY MOTHERS STRESS TO PAY SECTION 8 PROJECT HOUSING BILLS, OR THE STRUGGLE TO FIND A MEAL TO EAT, RATHER THAN STEALING FROM THE SCHOOL LUNCHLINE! POETRY BECAME AN IMPORTANT ROLE IN MY LIFE! WITH POETRY I ALWAYS HAD AN EAR FOR MUSIC!! FROM LISTENING TO REGGAE,HIP HOP, OLD SCHOOL, SOFT ROCK, AND RAP! I PUT MYSELF THROUGH MUSIC LESSONS, THAT VARIED FROM PIANO, THE TRUMPET,DRUMS,AND THE SAXAPHONE! AT THE AGE OF 14, IS WHEN I FIRST RECORDED MY FIRST TRACK!! IN A GARAGE STUDIO WITH A 4 TRACK STOP AND RECORD PROGRAM!! THE QUALITY WASN'T GOOD, BUT IT WAS WHAT I HAD AT THE TIME TO WORK WITH!! EVER SINCE THEN IVE BEEN WORKING ON ALOT OF MUSIC, FROM RAPPING, PRODUCING AND MAKING BEATS! I STARTED FROM LITTLE STEPS, OF USING TAPE RECORDERS TO RECORD MUSIC WITH AN INSTRUMENTAL IN THE BACKGROUND! IVE USED COMPUTER PROGRAMING STATIONS SUCH AS , MAGIX, CUBASE, FRUITY LOOPS, COOL EDIT PRO AND PRO TOOLS LE! IVE USED INSTRUMENTS TO MAKE BEATS SUCH AS YAMAHA BASIC HOME KEYBOARDS, ROLAND XP-80’S THAN LATER GREW INTO LEARNING HOW TO OPERATE THE TRITON, ROLAND FANTOM AND THE ROLAND PDS SAMPLER! THE MAJORITY OF WORK THAT I WOULD CONSIDER MYSELF DOING THE MOST IS WRITING LYRICS AND RAPPING! NOW AS I STAND AT THE AGE OF 19 IVE GAINED ALOT OF EXPERIENCE WITH RECORDING, WRITING, AND CREATING A SEPERATE STYLE OF DELIVERANCE AND A TONE OF VOICE THAT BRINGS A UNIQUE TOUCH!! IVE BEEN ABLE TO WORK IN A LOT OF LOCAL STUDIOS THROUGHOUT SACRAMENTO AND STUDYING THE ART OF MANY MUSIC ENGINEERS WHO WAS ABLE TO PRODUCE AND HELP RECORD ARTIST SUCH AS, NE-YO, C-BO, JIM JONES, E-40, KANYE WEST AND MANY MORE! AS GROWING UP, I TOOK BITS OF PIECES OF DIFFERENT STYLES OF MUSIC AND MADE IT IN TO MY OWN!! WITH THE LOSS OF MY BROTHER WHO WAS GUNN DOWN IN THESE STREETS THIS PAST YEAR, AND THE TRADEGY OF LOSING MY GIRLFRIEND TO PNEMONIA CONDITIONS, I HAVE INSTILLED MORE MOTIVATION IN ME THAN EVER! THE QUALITIES THAT MAKE ME UNIQUE AS A PERSON AND AN ARTIST, IS THAT I CARRY A “GO-GETTA” MENTALITY YET I REMAIN HUMBLE WITH BLESSINGS THAT GOD BESTOWS UPON ME! I NEVER GAVE UP IN ANYTHING IN LIFE, AND WITH THE SUPPORT THAT I HAVE WITHIN MY HOMETOWN AND WORLDWIDE FRIENDS, I CARRY A HIGH LEVEL OF CONFIDENCE AS BECOMING A MAJOR FACTOR IN THE RAP INDUSTRY!! MY GOAL IS NOT ONLY TO BECOME A PLATINUM ARTIST, BUT ALSO TO BE AN EXAMLPE TO THE YOUTH OF AMERICA THAT IS GOING THROUGH ROUGH TIMES, AND MAKE MUSIC THAT THEY CAN RELATE TO RATHER THAN THE TYPICAL TOPICS OF FLASHY MATERIAL THINGS THAT IS JUST SEEN DAILY ON TV!! IF GIVEN THE CHANCE TO TO HAVE MY BIG BREAK, IT WILL NOT ONLY IMPACT ME, BUT MY FAMILY AND MY SON WHO AS I AT THE AGE OF 17 DIDN’T GET THE CHANCE TO LIVE LIFE AS A REGULAR TEEN, BUT I HAD TO FORCE MATURITY INTO MYSELF TO BECOME THE FATHER FIGURE THAT I NEVER HAD! WITH ALL SAID, I PRAY IN DO TIME THAT ONE DAY I MAY BE GIVEN THE CHANCE TO DISPLAY MY TALENTS!