On a late winter day in 1984 Solomon Printer-Wilson was born in Seattle Washington. His childhood was different, but the same in many ways of any other child growing up. While many hand to endure a life with only one parent Solomon had to endure a life with two parents who were separated shortly after his birth. Solomon states ” I was living back and forth between mom and pops. In my early years I stayed with my mother and in my later years I stayed with my father. I traveled to my mothers every weekend because we had such a close connection and I looked at her not only as mother but a best friend.”
Though it was not always evident Solomon knew of his mothers struggles when he was younger and tried to find things to keep him occupied a young age. It was at this early age that he found prayer and he learned the Lord’s Prayer word for word and eventually began to say it every night before bed. When Solomon was about school age his father had moved from the Central District of Seattle to Spanaway Washington. “This was a big culture shock for me at the time, I went from seeing nothing but black people to being the only black kid in school.” recalls Solomon. As with culture shock comes tribulations and being someone who the rest of the students were not use to seeing caused conflict early. The playground would quickly become a battleground as Solomon would be called names and have racial slurs thrown his way. This led to several fights and suspensions throughout his elementary school years.
In the early 90’s things started to look up for Solomon’s mother when his little brother was born. His mother had renewed confidence and wanted to be the best mom she could be too her boys. It was around this time Solomon would also get his first taste of trouble and being on the other side of the law. At nights Solomon would hit the block with his cousins or partners and while they did not exactly do dirt in a sense they had their mischievous ways. Knowing that his mother was working two jobs and seeing her struggle he wanted to help. “I remember the ice cream man would park his truck in the same spot every night and we would break in and get his money that he made for the day. As you know you can only keep doing the same crime and keep getting away. Well one night we pulled our routine only to have the Seattle Police Department arrive, it turned into a foot race and I avoided the police but almost had my life ended when a 18 wheeler almost hit me.”
This was the first sign Solomon saw that maybe someone was looking out for him, he got out of a situation that could have been a lot worse. The city of Seattle is no stranger to violence, even though it may not have the crime rate of other major US cities. Solomon not a advocate of violence sometimes could not help but be in those types of situations. “I had two near death experiences when I was in my teens. The first being at a house party me and one of my partners had some older females talking to us and we moved in on it. Little did we know they had boyfriends and they came busting in the door looking for us shortly after. Here again I am in a foot race for my life all I hear is bang, bang, bang. All I am doing is praying hoping I dont get shot over no girls, the lord must have gave my big behind some speed that day because we both got away.”
High school is the turning point for most individuals when it comes to what comes next for them in life. Solomon had always had dreams towards the sport of basketball but his actions off the court adversely effected those dreams from ever progressing any further. “I never really took school too serious and would always skip class and my grades would slip from doing so. It was mostly due to me meeting the love of my life Christina who I would want to spend as much time with as possible.” After spending time at O’Dea High School Solomon transferred to Ingraham where his girlfriend Christina was also attending.
Thinking this would be the resolution to his problems it seemed like a reoccurring cycle for young Solomon. Even though he made the Basketball team at Ingraham his grades were once again not good enough plus he was back at his old ways of skipping class. The wake up call came sooner than later as Solomon was told he would not be able to graduate if he was on the same track because he would not have enough credits. “I remember the days, my moms would call my father for support who would try and talk some sense into me but I was not ever really trying to hear any of it. As a last resort my mother called my grandmother and I will never forget that call. She basically told me the real deal and how I was letting her down and the Prince name down. She said my name means wisdom and I was not being wise at all. The biggest piece of advice she gave me was If you dont want to bne great for my well being at least be great for what the Lord created you for.”
This was a wake up call for Solomon and from that day on things changed. He went from not being close to graduation to having too many credits and graduating early. He had went from little hope to gaining numerous scholarships and awards for his achievements throughout the rest of his tenure as a high school student.
When Solomon realized his road to the NBA was officially gone he really took his music to the next level and began his official journey into becoming a Christian rapper. Through all the ups and downs Solomon has always considered himself a strong Christian. He always knew deep down that the lord had a big plan for him in life. “You can just feel that tug that the Lord has on you and there is just no tugging back. I pray that I will impact my city first and the world second and that my music will open up everyone’s life and eyes who hear it.
Only1wizer currently has three albums to date which include “Songs Of Solomon”, “The After Album”, and his latest effort “Songs Of Solomon: Extended Version” which features brand new tracks not featured on the original release.
1. Songs Of Solomon Ft Kabi G
2. 20/Twenty Ft Dnell
3. Price That He Paid Ft J Jenson
4. How I Go Ft Kabi W
5. I Get Fresh
6. Its Time
7. Satan Ima Slap Ft Trigga T
8. Christ E Party
9. Pre-Planned Ft Sean Carson
10. #1 Queen Ft Sean Carson
11. Soupy Ft Taz
12. Where Dey Do Dat Ft Jacoby P & Chris G
13. 10 Commandments Ft Bobby W
14. Get Buck Ft Trigga T
15. Listen Up/Who I Am Ft Sean Carson
16. I Like It Ft Sean Carson
17. Stick Up Ft J Jenson
18. El Amor De Jesus Ft Mrs Wizer & Tio Tonio
19. Seattle Watch Me Ft Javierre
20. Wizdom Ft No1Wizer
Only1wizer – 20/Twenty
Only1wizer – I Get Fresh
Only1wizer Ft Trigga T – Satan Ima Slap
Only1wizer – #1 Queen
Only1wizer Ft Jacoby P & Chris G – Where Dey Do Dat
Only1wizer Ft Sean Carson – Listen Up/Who I Am