Story by Sara Paul
Somewhere in Iraq there is someone who has been moved by SC Static. Someone in Australia has heard his lyrics. Sometimes, fans in Brazil, India, and Pakistan will message SC Static in their native language. Someday, SC Static will travel the world to visit the thousands of followers who find strength in his messages.
For now, Samuel Michael Careccia is a concerned, yet content, Warwick guy with heart, soul, rhyme, and purpose. The 26-year-old song writer humbly describes his over decade long journey as one from music lover to rapper to now serious Hip Hop artist.
“I put my whole being into everything I write. It used to be about me, but now it’s truly about the listener. I want to help people,” comments Sam, who was named after his grandfather.
“This is more than music; it’s a way of life,” declares Sam, explaining that the SC acronym in his nick name stands for his own name, but also for self-confidence, self-create, and self-conquer, to name a few.
“I do evolve, but ‘static’ means that I also stay true to myself,” notes Sam, who has four official and several unofficial albums out. He is never found not working on new stuff.
“I don’t get bored of telling my story and the story of my community because it needs to be told,” declares Sam, whose resume is rounded out with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business from Fordham University in the Bronx section of New York City and an impressive baseball record, which landed him a partial college scholarship. Seeking knowledge brought the young scholar to Fordham. Hip Hop brought him to the boroughs.
“Hip Hop originated in the Bronx, so it was pretty exciting to be in the heart of that,” says a very serious Sam, whose studies have gone way beyond the college classroom walls. The self-proclaimed “middle-class, white kid” has earned his street cred performing in such tough towns as Philadelphia, PA and Baltimore, MD.
Besides his city smarts, Sam also immerses himself in such cult classics as the Holy Bible and the Quran. Born on Christmas Day, Sam has always felt a strong connection to religion and spirituality. While not adhering to one particular denomination or faith, he feels he can reach more souls without labels or limits.
“I want to reach all people. I have fans who are Muslim, for example, and I want them to know that there are good reasons to believe in Americans,” said Sam, also an avid and devoted Yoga practitioner.
He is currently pursuing a 200-hour Yoga training course at the Lotus Yoga Loft in Pine Island, NY to become an instructor.
Sam’s calm, pensive nature has veered him away from mainstream Rap, some of which he considers “inappropriate or offensive.” His influences include non-mainstream artists such as Rakim and KRS-One.
“Sometimes in Rap, its merely about how words sound and not about the message, which is the most important thing to me,” explains Sam, whose albums include “Rhyme Traveling,” a Sci-Fi journey, in which he travels through space and time to save hip-hop; and “Far From Free,” which details some of his difficult times when people and pets were lost, family members were hurt, and hearts were broken.
It’s paramount to Sam, whose art is driven by ingredients like emotion, empathy, and the environment around him, that he reaches all individuals, not just rap and hip hop enthusiasts.
“I’m the most confident hip hop artist playing in non-hip hop environments,” notes Sam, who has performed at local non-rap and hip hop venues like Penning’s Farm in Warwick; GWs in Chester; and he appears regularly in towns like Monroe, NY and New Paltz, NY. He even wowed an unsuspecting and welcoming audience at his grandmother’s church, the Warwick Assembly of God. Admirably, Sam is his grandmother’s primary caretaker.
Also admirable was his recent performance at the “Break the Stigma” Walk in Warwick. While Sam is not an individual who has a substance abuse problem and is not in recovery, he has close friends who have been affected by the epidemic.
“I’m affected the least as an outside person, but while I’m not as directly affected by this issue, I have seen people go through terrible things,” he recalls.
Static’s process quite simply “starts with a beat.” His network of producers, those who create the original musical sounds using specialized digital equipment, send him “beats” and the writer begins his process of brainstorming, drafting, rhyming, and researching.
“The vibe of the song tells me what to say, and I always relate it to something in my life,” notes Static, who is typically working with ten to 15 beats at a time, meaning he is working on several projects in any given week.
Beats are not the only factor in this lengthy process, however. Guiding the artist on the creative journey are aspects like the elements, the people around him, and, of course, the emotions surrounding that moment. Only working with the old school pen and paper, Static prefers to write outdoors, frequenting serene spots such as barns and parks.
“The fresh air and open space allow thoughts to develop and take shape,” he says.
Learning new words and even manipulating some to make them fit into his song, Static’s finishing touches are to carefully count syllables so that there is a strong flow and fluidity.
He writes by himself most of the time, requiring peace, quiet, and intense focus.
“It’s a solo process and I am alone a lot of the time,” notes Static, who started writing and rapping in the sixth grade.
A shy pre-teen who kept his art to himself, it was clear to Sam at a young age that rapping was all he wanted to do.
“Hip Hop reached me as a kid. It taught me vocabulary and diction. I was the typical young person not listening to my teachers or parents, but I had voices of older men in my ear,” remembers Sam.
Though he kept his musical pursuits to himself, Sam was happily surprised by his family’s acceptance of his passion. The youngest of three children, the loving little brother was the officiant at both of his older sisters’ weddings. He rapped to a smiling crowd of family and friends at both events.
“When I was honest about my artistic aspirations, they all supported me. It turned out to be a fake fear and that’s something people live with every day,” he feels.
When Static is not jotting down song lyrics or sampling new beats, he is either jotting down song lyrics or sampling new beats.
“I write all the time. I want to be timeless,” says a committed and captivating 5’ 11” gent.
So, while his carefully constructed phrases reach a global audience, the young artist leaves this local reporter with a solid proclamation: “I don’t know where I’m headed but I love doing something from the pureness of my heart. If you’re doing something for the right reasons, all the other opinions don’t matter.”
To view SC Static’s work, search “SC Static” on Youtube.com and BandCamp.com. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Warwick Valley Dispatch would like to feature local artists who are passionate in their creative pursuits. These individuals can be established artists or those who are getting started in their trade. We ask that if you know of any artists who would be appropriate for these human interest pieces that you contact Sara Paul at email@example.com or (718) 702-3091.