Mont Brown grew up near 66th and Chester Avenue in Southwest Philadelphia. He was raised by his grandfather, a retired city worker, and his grandmother, who battled cancer most of his life. Brown’s father, was killed at 22 and his mother spent 20 years behind bars. An old soul, Brown spent his young childhood with older kids. By the time he was 13 years old, he had a child of his own. So he focused on his loves- art, music and fashion. He idolized Bad Boy Records, Jay-Z and Mase, admiring not only the glamorous life-style, but also the entrepreneurship.
At a young age, Brown learned how to write rhymes. He saved his money walking from Southwest to West Philadelphia to record in neighborhood studios, honing his voice. A decade ago, Brown, caught a big break, when he released “Super Crazy Dumb Stupid.” The song took him on tour with various music artists including Meek Mill and later expanded his musical reach when he co-founded Astronauts Really Fly with Steve “Pace-O-Beats” Ferguson.
When Brown’s music tours concluded, he came back to Philadelphia and decided to start a movement. He began hosting concerts with local artists where the cost of admission was donations. He started the effort in a skateboard shop with 200 kids and expanded into neighborhoods with thousands in an annual event called the “Kickback Festival.”
At 30 years old, Brown has tattoos on his face and most of his body, but he’s breaking barriers. With high profile mentors like Kenny Gamble and Louis Farrakhan, he’s expanded his reach, catching the eye of elected officials. Today, Brown is a super mentor, sits on non-profit boards, and is Treasurer of the Mayor’s Commission on African American Males.
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