Life sometimes throws everyone curveballs, and Sean Spooner, also known as Spoon, got his fair share. With a childhood dream of playing professional basketball, Spoon is currently living a life that he could only have fantasized about a year and a half ago. His basketball dreams did not go beyond playing in the division 1 as a college player, and now leveraging his natural talents, he is living another dream as a rapper and actor.
Just like any other kid from Raleigh, North Carolina, Spoon had bright prospects as he tried his hand at so many things. He played division 1 basketball in college and did a little bit of entertainment. He soon dropped his basketball ambitions and moved to Los Angeles to take a shot at stardom in Hollywood. Things didn’t go so well; he fell on hard times and he had nowhere to sleep.
For a year and a half, Spoon worked for 10 to 12 hours daily and took his shower in gyms. Only a few people knew about his struggles, and he almost moved back home. But then he proved to be resilient. He kept on putting the work even though the conditions weren’t all that favorable.
Somehow along the line, he met Grammy-nominated rapper and entrepreneur Jason “Problem” Martin, who owns GreenHour Coffee. Problem reignited Spoon’s desire to make music, and on the 18th of September 2020, he was given a spot as a producer and featured artist on Problem’s album Coffee and Kush Vol. 2. The album features artists like Tyrese, Snoop Dogg, Freddie Gibbs, and Jack Harlow. Spoon produced the track “Florence,” and also laid a rap verse on the track, “Easter Night.”
If Spoon had given up earlier, he might not have met Problem, and his talents may not be put to any use because he would have returned home. Spoon is working on securing a spot in the hip-hop world and hopes to put out music that hip-hop enthusiasts can enjoy. Getting production credit and a feature on the album Coffee and Kush Vol. 2 gave Spoon renewed hopes that there are no limits to what he can achieve.
According to Sean Spoon, his resilient spirit, self-belief, and his belief in a higher power made everything fall into place. And his faith in the popular Late Nipsey Hussle’s phrase, “The marathon continues,” has been strengthened. To him, he is just getting started, and in the next five years, he hopes to expand his artistic reach. In his words, “I hope to become a respected artist in the music industry sharing my art with the world. I hope to build off of this opportunity to be placed on this album and not only show what talents I have but to put a spotlight on my hometown Raleigh. There’s a lot of talent in the city, but not a lot of outlets.”
He also sends a word of encouragement out to anyone going through a rough patch at the moment. “I hope my story motivates those that may be in a position where they will either continue to chase their dreams or succumb to the pressure that comes with failures and hearing ‘no’ repeatedly.”
Listen to Spoon’s work on Coffee and Kush Vol. 2.