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How A Houston Rapper Turned His Life Around After Prison

SaulPaul talks about his new book, Be the Change: A Story of Transformation.


Houston rapper and musician SaulPaul.


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SaulPaul got off to a bit of a rough start.

His mother died when he was 3. Raised by his grandmother in a rough neighborhood, the aspiring rapper wound up in prison in his early 20s.

Once paroled, he vowed never to go back — and he didn’t.

He graduated with honors from the University of Texas and devoted himself to his music and motivating and inspiring others.

Recently, he was featured on a Grammy-nominated children's hip hop album called The Love, by the Alphabet Rockers where he performed a song called Until You’re Free with 123 Andres.

He writes about all this in his new book Be the Change: A Story of Transformation.

In the audio above, SaulPaul shares some of his story and his music with Houston Matters host Craig Cohen.

Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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