Cedric "Mr Whoa Boi" Collins, was born and raised in the most poverish and crime ridden neighborhood on the south side of Chicago, Englewood. Despite all the crime, violence and drugs that saturated his community, Whoa Boi wrapped himself in his music. At the age of seven Whoa Boi was playing the organ and drums for his neighborhood church. This fixation and fascination for music quickly grew as Whoa Boi grew from just merely playing instruments, to producing and writing music of multiple genes. In late August of 2013, Mr. Whoa Boi won the Coast 2 Coast mixtapes national championship in Miami Florida, where he went head to head with champions from 16 other cities nationwide performing their own original single live in front of a live audience. Shortly thereafter Mr. Whoa Boi dropped his very first mixtape "Englewoodvilla", which included his hit single "Chi Raq" ChiRaq is a monicker giving to Chicago used to describe the violence in his hometown. The song ChiRaq received national attention.
Mr Whoa Boi's talent doesn't just stop at music, he also acts. He spent four consecutive seasons on the Emmy Winning Fox television show Empire, where he was a core cast member playing the head of Lucious Lyons (academy award nominated actor Terrance Howard) security.
In a society where we are plagued with pandemics, rumors of war, and violence it is pleasing to know that there are still artist like Mr. Whoa Boi, to not only speak our truths but to also grant us reassurance that we can and will overcome our adversity's through perseverance and love. Get ready world Whoa is coming.
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