Damned If I Do Damned If I Don't
Suave Don: A Story of Pride and Dignity The definition of "Suave Don" is one who has a sophisticated charm - a man that is truly a debonair gentleman. His name takes on so many meanings around the world all having a positive aspect. In Indonesian, he is known as the "Ramah"; in Italian, he is known as the "Cortese"; and, in Norwegian, he is known as "Urban Elegance". Yes, the name "Suave Don" definitely suits Craig Ebron. If there is anyone that can appreciate the cliché', "Paying your dues", Suave Don is that person. Raised in the neighborhood, which gave birth to two of the greatest Emcees to have ever walked the earth, the Late Notorious B.I.G. and the living legend, Jay-Z, Suave Don calls Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn - home. Emceeing since the age of twelve, the now twenty six year old Suave Don has encountered much heartache, disappointment, backstabbing and broken promises. However, he has built up a wall of faithfulness and tenacity in order to deal with the tough music industry. He has hopes of accomplishing his goal of someday being mentioned in the same breath as his idol, B.I.G. and with other legendary names in the game such as Rakim, LL Cool J, The Fugees, Jay-Z, Tupac, Nas and EPMD. Knowing the amount of hard work he must put in and what some may consider as taking a risk to realize your dreams, Suave Don has made many sacrifices by dropping out of high school and quitting his jobs at K-Mart and Chase Bank in order to be able to travel to promote his music. He does not by any means claim to be a role model, but he felt that it was the right thing for him to do at the time in order to push his music forward. Well, only time will tell if he made the right choices. And, that's why he is constantly out there on the grind, he knows how valuable time is. So, he's putting in his dues (blood, sweat and tears), every day, hour, minute and second. When meeting Suave Don face to face, one may notice that for the most part, he has a humble and low key demeanor. He's often soft spoken yet confident. He is supremely confident about the quality of his music. He enjoys listening to himself in order to make improvements in his music. Yes, he is a perfectionist. When asked when he realized that he could be an emcee, he replied, without any trace of pretense, "since day one". Suave Don feels that "f***inHip-Hop has been dead ever since Biggie and Pac died", and believes that he will bring something unique to the rap game. He strives to "stick out like a sore thumb", by not saturating his rhymes with tales that glorify violence or the drug game. Instead, he wants to "give the people what they want", by dishing out "actual facts" in his rhymes. Suave Don's time in the game has brought him into contact with many important people connected to the music industry. One of the most influential people is Miss Violetta Wallace, the mother of Biggie Smalls. This man, Biggie Smalls, has truly had a tremendous inspirational impact on him. Suave Don speaks of Miss Violetta Wallace fondly saying that they talked for an hour the first time they met at an annual basketball tournament that was held in honor of the late emcee. He says that she now has several pictures of Suave Don in her house. He also has a relationship with Danny Simmons (the brother of Russell Simmons; Kevin Lawson (a well known business negotiator); D. Angeletti (a music producer); T. Dean (CEO of Ruff Ryders); Swizz Beat's Full Surface Artist, Cassidy; Timmy Allen (Producer from Jive Records); Platinum Brothers( Producers who worked with Bone Thugs, Nevia and Keisha Coles); Frankie Blue (KTU's and Z100's Program Director); Wendy Goldstein from Capitol Records; and Joei Carbello from T.V.T. Records. Suave Don has also worked with such names as Havok from Mobb Deep, as well as Kanye West. He has also performed with the likes of Petey Pablo and Spontane, an artist well known in Philly who is also an actor featured on the popular HBO program, OZ; and, in films, "Like Mike" and "The Fast and the Furious". Suave Don's new album, "Pride and Dignity" by UpFront Money Entertainment is a refreshing mix of real life stories, scathing battle raps and club bangers, highlighted by the hits, "One Life to Live" and "Don't Cross Me". This new album definitely shows Suave Don as the fresh Urban Elegance in the rap game, which is so badly needed.