Rader Sconce – 28 Grams

Most artists have to come up with a catchy rap alias or moniker before they ever venture into the music business. Rader Sconce may be destined as his was given to him at birth, a name that is set to put him on a path apart from the rest. Portraying an image of independence Rader is known as a one man show in Skagit counties rap scene. Sconce already has produced three homemade CDs. In approximation he has sold about 4,500 discs, many of them on street corners in a conscious emulation of the drug trade. Most people that have worked with Sconce have positive things to say about him “He is a real serious and hard working artist with a strong up to date sound that everybody can like.”

Rader Sconce’s latest effort 28 Grams is a CD that reflects the hard knock reality of Skagit youth. The mixtape caught the attention of a reality showed called “Making The Next Hit” which was being produced by superstar rapper Lil Wayne. Most of the songs on 28 Grams have Sconce telling about his displeasure with music promoters, run ins with the police, not to mention Seattle’s biggest rap radio station that does not do enough to support local talent.

Sconce says the biggest thing to understand is “It’s all personal life experiences. It’s not gangster rap. It’s not club. It’s just personal.” Although Sconce doesn’t identify with the term gangsta rap. His vocal riffs touch on the standard rap fare such as drug dealing, women and his superiority over other rappers. Sconce provides insight into a criminal way of life not all of his listeners will know first hand. “Most everybody I know haven’t graduated high school,” Sconce said. “No way to make a salary off McDonald’s. They’re 18, 19, having to struggle, having to hustle.”

Absent a couple speeding tickets, Sconce doesn’t have a criminal record. But he has seen a lot, growing up around his parents’ tattoo shop. His mother Lise Sconce says  “elements of the drug culture passed through the shop, where Rader spent a lot of time as a child. Drugs are everywhere, it as across the street from where we lived.” Rader Sconce insists his songs don’t glorify the drug trade, even though he makes frequent and explicit references to it. Rather, he says, his music reflects the reality of drugs and the people involved with them.

“I make music for people who don’t make music, so they can have a soundtrack,” Sconce said. His mother is encouraging, even permissive, and says his upbringing has helped him navigate his way around trouble. “Rader always got to do what he wanted,” adding later “If you don’t support these children in their art, they end up stealing your cars and dealing drugs.” When it came to the music Sconce listened to as a child, nothing was off limits. As a young boy, he carried a plastic cassette player that was just as likely to contain Metallica or the Red Hot Chili Peppers as a tape of classic children’s tunes. Sconce liked classical music as a child, especially Handel, and thanks to the influence of his older sister rap.

Tim Sconce, Rader’s father, isn’t surprised his son took to rap. Rader always showed an interest in writing. “Rader’s a poet,” Tim Sconce said. “He’s written stories since he was very young.” Sconce has filled some 30 notebooks with rap lyrics. “Anything I experience, I try to write about it,” Sconce said. “I try to write songs to capture a mood of life.” No medium allows more freedom of expression, he said. “With rap you can say whatever you want,” he said. “Plus, it’s just modern. It’s the voice of the youth.”

At 16, Sconce invested a couple thousand dollars in recording equipment and recorded some tracks of his own in his parent’s living room. “I was learning how to rap. I didn’t even really know what I was doing,” Sconce said. Sconce worked to get the most out of his equipment, producing some 20 local groups over three years, including the teenage R&B act MV2. Now his focus is back on his own music. “I’m enjoying the music, and the fame I’m getting from it,” Sconce said.

Sconce understands that fame does not result from talent alone. He boasts the three elements he says are needed for success in the record business: marketability, image and product. Sconce’s shot at fame comes as no surprise to his parents, who have been expecting it all his life. “I don’t worry about fame. I knew it was going to happen from before he was born,” Lise Sconce said. “I just want him to stay Rader.”

1. Dont Be Like Rader Intro
2. American Dream
3. Bubble Off That
4. Friday Message
5. Thats Just Me Ft Friday
6. Mixtape Game
7. Been No Coppers
8. Got Em Sayin
9. Got Your Back Message
10. Fine Young Thing Ft Silva
11. Love Of Money Ft Lil Terri
12. 1st Black Prez Skit
13. Speak No Evil Ft 1st Black Prez
14. Dear Promoters
15. Bump It Or Not (Kube Diss)
16. Kill Your Radio
17. Tha O
18. Half Off
19. Dreams Of A Hustler
20. Put A Little Love Away
21. Thats Just Deez Ft Alva Damien
22. If She Got Dough
23. Bobblehead
24. Push It/Why
25. Hunnid 1’s
26. Flip Push
27. Till I Die

Rader Sconce  – American Dream

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Rader Sconce  – Got Em Sayin

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Rader Sconce  Ft Silva – Fine Young Thing

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Rader Sconce  Ft Lil Terri – Love Of Money

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Rader Sconce  – Kill Your Radio

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Rader Sconce  – Till I Die

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6 thoughts on “Rader Sconce – 28 Grams

  1. This is a good article on Radar. I like his music and I think he does it very well. I am also like his parent’s who like to see him acheive his goals and become big. BUT always stay Radar and don’t get lost in it all, like alot of people do. I wish you the best Radar. Melinda

  2. Rader, nice sounds! You sound amazing, great mix, nice work. I love that you are you, not a big flashy bs production. Keep it up man.

  3. Rader, You have done an awsome job on the music you have produced. This is an awsome article and its all true. Everyone is born with a talent and this is yours. Stay your self and stay strong…. NICE JOB!!!!!

  4. This kid is the hottest artist in the Northwest Look for his Collaborations With William Control, Kurupt, Roscoe, Slim Tha Mobster, and many more features. Also look out for his new mixtape it is banging!!!

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