Born without a lower jaw
It’s like a face full of scars.
Just give me a chance
To show you everything I got.
– Lyrics by Isaiah Acosta: “Hate is for the Weak”
Isaiah was born with a rare condition called Situs Inversus.(source wikipedia) Situs Inversus is a congenital condition in which the major visceral organs are reversed or mirrored from their normal positions.
This condition left Isaiah without a jaw, and without the ability to speak. But, never judge a book by it’s cover. This hardship has also given Isaiah a unique gift to be different, and embrace his own life experiences to benefit others. Isaiah teamed up with the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals to bring his love for music, and songwriting to life with the voice of Arizona-based rapper Trap House (instagram:@iamthetrap). “Isaiah’s gift to me, is that he’s convinced me I can never underestimate anyone born with a will or want for success” -Trap House.
In his new music video ‘Hate Is For The Weak’ Isaiah touches on how his differences led to being bullied just because of the way he looks. We want to thank Isaiah and Trap House for taking time out for an exclusive interview with the Blvd.
Be prepared to be inspired!
Young Blvd: When did you realize you wanted to be a music artist, and how did you hook up with your partner Trap House?
Isaiah Acosta: So, I have always had a passion for music. I really CONNECT to all music, and I feel it’s a way for me to express myself. I’m always writing quotes and poems. Children’s Miracles Network Hospitals knew my passion, and found the best rapper in Arizona TRAP HOUSE. We are both form Arizona.
“I believe when people choose to hate; it’s a weakness, or they choose hate to feel good about themselves. They just make me work harder.” – Isaiah Acosta
What is the motivation behind your new music video “Hate is for the Weak”?
IA: The song was really about being bullied. This is real stuff I’ve gone through, and still do. The vision everyone had was a school setting. It was the perfect place to tell my story, and it’s really my school. I LOVED EVERYTHING ABOUT IT . I believe when people choose to hate; it’s a weakness, or they choose hate to feel good about themselves. They just make me work harder.
They say adversity brings out the true character in us all. What have you learned about yourself?
IA: What I have learned is that I have so much to give to help others. No matter what anyone thinks; nobody will blow that flame out.
As an inspirational young artist, who inspires you to be so fearless and continue to go after your dreams?
IA: My parents & family, friends and everyone who’s been on my path and stood by me no matter what I went through in life. Children Miracles Network has sick kids who need to see that we still can be all we can be in life.
You’ve dealt with bullying in your past. What is your message to those who have been hurt, and those who have inflicted the hurt?
IA: I dealt with being bullied daily, and do still to this day. I want others to know they are not alone, and it’s not ok. Reach out for help! Never give up! To the people that do this to others; it’s a choice you make to feel good about yourself. Hurting others is not a game, or just a fun thing to do. You never know what one is going through. There is so many without a voice that need speak up. There are so many with a voice who need to speak up. It’s not fair for anyone to deal with this.
“You never know what one is going through. There is so many without a voice that need speak up. And, there are so many with a voice who also need to speak up.” -Isaiah Acosta
Tell me about your documentary film ‘Oxygen to Fly’ how did the project materialize?
IA: “Oxygen To Fly” was my first song and documentary showing who Isaiah Acosta (the person) really is. It all comes back again to Children’s Miracles Network Hospitals helping me live out my passion. Every download of “Oxygen to Fly” is donated back to the kids of the Children’s Miracles Network Hospital. It’s my wish to keep on giving back.
Miracles are real.
You’ve found a way to get your message out louder than most with a voice. What’s your message to those who may unknowingly take using their own voice for granted?
IA: I would say never take your voice for granted. Use it to speak up and help others who may need it. Some have to work harder to be heard. Be the change yourself, and most of all choose kind words.
What’s a typical day like for you? How do you balance: health, school, family, and a music career?
IA: In a typical day for me my health can change up and down. Keeping up with school, and always with my family is important. And I work on music when I can. Everyone’s been so workable, and understanding to my needs.
Keeping up with emails, Instagram, and Facebook has been a bit tough. But, It’s been an amazing blessing.
As a young man who’s living such an impactful life -What have you discovered your purpose in life is?
IA: My purpose is spreading my messages to change what people see with their eyes. Helping the voiceless.
Help kids who are sick. Helping the one’s who get bullied. I’m going out to these schools to help kids understand we are not all created to look exactly the same.
What do you like to do for fun outside of music?
IA: Fun is music. I chase music. Every concert that comes to Arizona I TRY TO GO TO. I love watching shows even their setups. I love sporting events. Watching movies. Feeding the homeless. I also go to schools around AZ sharing my message that no one is alike.
Can you speak on your faith and how important it is?
IA: My faith in the Man above has me here. I’m His messenger. He’s always by my side. I’m never alone and He can always hear me even without words. For that Im so blessed to be alive and breathing.
Where do you want to take your music, and unique message from here?
IA: From here I will continue sharing and helping in anyway I can! I will keep writing and expressing myself in my music.
Arizona based rapper Trap House was connected to Isaiah through the great work of the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. He’s become the booming voice that’s given wings to the unspoken words of Isaiah. Their unique partnership is building steam with performances around the US, and community work in schools spreading their message that anything is possible when you believe.
How did you hook up w/ Isaiah, and what is your relationship like today?
Trap House: I met Isaiah through speaking with representation from The Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. They told me about his story and his aspirations to be a rapper and asked if I could help bring that to life. A week later I met Isaiah and we recorded ‘Oxygen To Fly.’ I would say we have a great relationship, he’s like a little brother to me. I’ve had some stretches of success as an independent artist and give him insight so he doesn’t make some of the mistakes I made along the way.
What’s was the production/writing/recording process like on the song “Hate is for the Weak”?
TH: Isaiah writes more so in the format of poetry. He illustrates almost in the way I would imagine an author writes a book or a student writes an English paper. From there I take and apply rhythm, production, and cadence around his words. It’s a unique experience in the fact that you hope to align with what he imagines and what you imagine him saying.
“Isaiah’s gift to me, is that he’s convinced me I can never underestimate anyone born with a will or want for success.” – Trap House
You’ve certainly been a blessing to Isaiah, but what has this done for you to be able to express the words of Isaiah in your music?
TH: Isaiah’s gift to me, is that he’s convinced me I can never underestimate anyone born with a will or want for success. For me Isaiah is a messenger. I compare his words to how God said so much for so long in complete silence. It’s very inspirational.
What’s the true message and purpose behind your work together?
TH: Never convince yourself that you can’t do something. Find a way through Faith in yourself.
“There are so many children out there that need people with platforms to tell their stories as well so that people understand how far they’ve come just to be here. I challenge everybody with a platform to really think about that.” – Trap House
When you look back on this collaboration what memories will stand out to you the most?
TH: My biggest memory will always be going to the hospital and actually seeing all the children that are living vicariously through Isaiah. While his story is very unique there are so many children out there that need people with platforms to tell their stories as well so that people understand how far they’ve come just to be here. I challenge everybody with a platform to really think about that.
ISAIAH ACOSTA & TRAP HOUSEHATE IS FOR THE WEAK
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