Young Kamloops rapper inspired by homelessness
By Jennifer Stahn
William Scott with sister Emma.
Image Credit: Vicki Scott
February 03, 2014 - 4:45 AM
'YOU GOTTA KEEP GOING ON'
KAMLOOPS — “Mom,” William Scott yelled out from his bath just over a week ago. “Write this down for me.”
Vicki Scott scrambled to find a piece of paper to scribble the first four lines of her son's song. A week later, after he finished it, she asked him to perform the song for the camera so they could share it with the world. It's not the first song the 10-year-old Kamloops boy wrote nor the first time he's rapped, but this one caught Vicki in a different way because of the depth to the song in both the lyrics and styling.
This one was about homelessness.
“Usually he just writes it and moves on,” Vicki says. “I wanted to grab it, put it on video.”
The South Sahali Elementary Grade 5 student says his inspiration comes from when his dad worked at Coopers (he now owns Kamloops Crossfit.)
“Whenever we'd go there was always someone who didn't have a home asking for money, food, help,” William says. “It opened my mind and I wanted to let people know there's people out there without a home and inspire them to help out.”
William is always quick to hand out change or food to the needy people he meets on the street; just part of who he is. He didn't make the video for attention, just inspiration, but it's being picked up by others. The local United Way saw his video (posted to YouTube January 29) and asked to use it on its website and Facebook page.
He has been writing and performing for a few years already. He has a notebook where he writes down songs and ideas nightly and he performs regularly at school assemblies, including a Remembrance Day rap this past November.
Even though he enjoys music, it's not something he wants to pursue beyond a hobby.
“I'm having fun, I don't really want to have a career with it,” William says, adding celebrity status is not a lifestyle he wants. “That would be a hassle to walk down the street.”
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