HAZELWOOD, MISSOURI ( KTVI) --Koran Bolden is a former national recording artist who signed a $ 150,000 contract with Def Jam Records. He was on his way to the top in the music industry and to being in the spotlight of MTV, BET, and the hip hop world when he was dropped for no reason. All of a sudden, his dreams of becoming famous faded.
"The record deal was a really good moment in my life. I got a deal with Def Jam. The leadership changed at Def Jam and I was forced out.
After the contract was terminated, Bolden learned from that experience and knew he had to rebuild his life and career.
"After I lost my record deal with Def Jam, I went on this faith journey. I wanted to discover who I really was.”
The former rapper is now a motivational speaker and the founder and CEO of Street Dreamz Artist Development Center located in the St. Louis Outlet Mall in Hazelwood.
Street Dreamz is a recording studio aimed to help local youth to make positive music. Bolden open his studio to inspire young musicians to build their self- esteem through writing positive lyrics and understand the formula for success. Bolden says through hard work and education the sky is the limit.
"I thought why not open up a studio and call it Street Dreamz and have kids come in from the street and let them live their dreams out and show them what to do and how to do it.”
Bolden's work with the students caught the attention of Verizon. He was nominated last year as Verizon's “Everyday Hero” award. Bolden is also a spokesperson for the eegional Walgreen's Expressions Challenge.