The man that lies beneath the surface
-TOP 25 RANKED SPOKEN WORD ARTIST IN THE WORLD FOR 2020 (#24)
-U.S. NAVY VETERAN
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"Your favorite entertainer's favorite artist."
That's what they say about Joe Rainer McClain Jr. Born and raised in the Harbor section of East Chicago, Indiana, he faced the perils of gangs, drugs and death, much like all inner city youth. Add the fact that he also grew up in a broken home, and you would expect his story to turn out into one of the many sad ones that we read coming out of the urban environment. However, Joe overcame his environment to turn his story into a successful one. Staying active in the Boys and Girls Club, he channeled his expression through arts and sports. Lettering in football and track during his high school years, he graduated from East Chicago Central High School in 2002. He then enlisted in the United States Navy, relocating to San Diego. It was in California that he began to perform spoken word. Years later, while living on the island of Guam, he began to write. That sparked a hidden gift that turned into a full fledged career. To this day, he has penned nine books. In the spoken word genre, he has performed domestic and abroad, sharing the stage with some of the biggest names in the industry such as Def Poets Black Ice, Ise Lyfe and 2010 individual world poetry slam champion Rudy Francisco. As of September 2019, he is now the #24 ranked spoken word artist in the world after competing at the Individual World Poetry Slam.
I HAVE NEVER BEEN AWARE BEFORE HOW MANY FACES THERE ARE. THERE ARE QUANTITIES OF HUMAN BEINGS, BUT THERE ARE MANY MORE FACES, FOR EACH PERSON HAS SEVERAL.
-RAINER MARIA RILKE