Tizzle & Polo
I am the youngest of six children, raised by a single mother in Jacksonville, Fl. We never really had a strong male figure in the home, but my mother did the very best she could. Public housing didn’t really work out for us being that our family was so big; so we moved from house to house with my mom – all the while struggling to pay rent. This sometimes caused us to live from pillow to post with family and friends.
My father lived out of town so we never really had a strong bond. My mother was involved with a guy for nine years. He helped out a lot but the neighborhood we lived in was extremely tough. This is where I began hanging in the streets and witnessed my older brothers getting shot. My mother then made up her mind to move us to a better environment.
After a while of continuing the streets I found myself incarcerated. While on lock-down, I called home to get the news that my brother Darius had been shot again and passed away. This was the most devastating news my heart had ever taken. I knew then my life had to change. My brothers and I were always into music so in honoring the memory of my brother’s life, I decided to take on a different route with the music and do something positive to encourage other young men like myself and to be the best role model I can be for my 3 children.
“Let me start off by introducing myself, My name is Rayshawn Foster a.k.a Polo. I’m a 26- year old inspiring music artist. A father of (6) four girls & two boys. So when I’m not making music, I’m spending time with my family. Growing up being raised by my mother, a single parent of 6, things were tough. Three boys (Walter,Darius & Taheem). Followed by my two sisters (Rashida & Wendy).
My father was in and out my life throughout my entire childhood. So as time went on my mother met her boyfriend, “Joe-Joe” or just “Joe”, when I was…maybe 6 years old. He played a BIG part in my life. For 7 years he was the closest thing I had to a father. So here’s the wrinkle – Joe lived a life of crime. He was selling cocaine and he was addicted to it. Joe was very physically and emotionally abusive towards my mother. Joe was a good man at heart, I can honestly say he would anything thing for us, Joe just had a very bad addiction.
As time went on, my mother (Angela) finally got the strength to leave Joe. We ended up moving on the north side of Jacksonville. By this time, though, I was in my early teens and making my own decisions. I also started living a life of crime. which led me and my brother into using & selling drugs, getting into dangerous gun fights. But by the grace of Jehovah god we made it threw it.
I ended up trying to gradually change my lifestyle after my first son, Rayshawn Jr. was born. It wouldn’t be long though, before trouble found its way back into my life, yet again. In 2011 my brother Darius was shot and killed in a drive-by shooting. He was only 22 at the time, and his murder left behind two children. That situation took a major toll in my life, especially because I witnessed it all. From that moment on, my life was changed forever. I went into a deep depression – angry all the time and I hated myself.
Through it all, I can honestly say God has blessed me and my family throughout my entire life. I’ve learned from my turbulent and tragedy-filled, past and use it to continuously grow & mature. Not a day goes by, that I don’t feel the pain of losing my brother; but I will continue to walk in faith and put my trust in God.”
Checkout the latest track from Tizzle and Polo called, “Ain’t No Tellin”. The albums release party is gonna be right here on 180Radionow.com, fam! Stay tuned…that’s whassup![su_audio url=”http://www.180radionow.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/Aint-No-Tellinradio.mp3″ width=”50%”][su_audio url=”http://www.180radionow.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/01-New-Lights.mp3″ width=”50%”][/su_audio]