Rapper HoodTrophy Bino on Being a Father 


( ENSPIRE Feature) HoodTrophy Bino Reflects on Creating a Better Future for His Kids

ENSPIRE Contributor: Ana Luque

Los Angeles based rapper HoodTrophy Bino (Tadashi Sayres) creates empowering music about overcoming hardships and leveling up in life. He recently spoke about and reflected on being a role model for his children and creating a better future for his kids.

“My pops was locked up in San Quentin when I was 3. It was hella hard growing up without a dad. I know my life would have been different, I would have made less mistakes for sure. I’m sad he missed my childhood. I was a good athlete – a really good football player. I wanted him to see me play. I dropped out of high school and started thuggin. So many friends died–were lost to the streets. I want to stop the cycle.” HoodTrophy Bino admits as he adds that he always found strength in music. 

Due to gang involvement and a father serving a life-sentence in San Quentin, Bino began to circulate in and out of jail. While serving time he met Soulja Boy, who gave Bino the opportunity to share his message through the S.O.D.M.G label.

Growing up without a father, Bino uses his experiences and what he went through as inspiration for his music. He is determined and hopes to use music to create a better world for his children to grow up. 

“Everything I do is for my kids. My grind is for them. As long as I’m alive – they’ll want for nothing. Most of all, I try to be there with them day in, day out. I have my daughter Milli’s graduation from kindergarten and I play football with both of my boys, Sekani and Cauis,” Bino confesses.

HoodTrophy Bino is a standout example of someone who overcame obstacles, escaped gang life, and created a better future for himself and his family. Today, he is an advocate for gang members who grow up in the hood and witness death every other day with seemingly no way out. 

You can keep up with him on his Instagram and Twitter

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