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Daily Inspiration: Meet Vincent Manuel

Today we’d like to introduce you to Vincent Manuel.

Hi Vincent, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today?
Well, I should start by saying 1991 is when it all started for me. Being born in Saint Louis, moving to the East Side of the water, then to New York for a while, was an experience. I found more of myself on the East Coast than any place I’ve lived, so that’s just the vibe I give off and the main portion where I watered my roots as a man. In terms of artistry. I never in my life would’ve thought I’d become an artist. I never was a person to be in the limelight or anything cause I didn’t know my potential or cared to. My self-esteem was low, I rarely talked about my feelings, but I always tried to put a smile on anyone’s face and help if I could. That became a burden because I wasn’t taking myself off at all. I have a line in a song that says, “Depression made me the pressure, that’s why you see a glimpse of a diamond in every lecture,” basically letting the world know that depression has been my greatest enemy and ally. It showed me everyday I have work to do on myself, I have things to learn about myself, and I have to be a daily student of self and everything around me cause the world is forever changing at a consistent rate. It also helped me find my name Ackurate; Which is a name that chose me. It reminds me that no matter how much I try to be 100%, it’s not possible because of the daily changes in life, but at least I can try to be just that every day. So here I am, a musical artist just aiming to help the culture with his craft to know that life is worth living and that you deserve to be happy. Each of us is unique cause there’s only one of you will ever exist. So why not find ways to be happy and live life with a purpose/purpose. I aim to spit and rhyme and save a life.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey has been fairly smooth?
Of course not, The beginning was terrible. I was broke, depressed, etc. I chose to do something I generally just had a love and passion for and not think about all the worldly things that come with it. I was in this for my sanity, but also, this was my voice. I’m very quiet regarding my life, so this was my outlet and one of the only ways people understood me—also, it’s a challenge with the “type” of music I create. Being an underground emcee is challenging in an area where you are likely the outcast. People have come to me and said, “Why are you using all those big words? What’s the point of trying to be so complex? You should make club records?” Even now, I still get hit with that. At least now, the team around me helps keep me focused away from those comments and continues along this path. And once again, Depression. I could talk about that all day. Rock bottom had to happen for me to love myself more and give myself time to find the right way.

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar, what can you tell them about what you do?
I go by the stage name Ackurate Spelled A-C-K, an acronym for “Acquiring Consistent Knowledge.” I specialize in the Art of Rap, which is Rhythm & Poetry. They know me for creating an atmosphere of positivity through a lyrical conundrum. For expressing myself as a man with no holds barred. I am not caring what a soul thinks about how I express myself to the masses—being emotionally vulnerable so that society can see that men hurt too. We need support just like anyone else. I push myself to be a beacon of light to the culture and hope that I can help in any way possible with my craft. I’m proud that I’m still here. I found love within to love myself daily and to have a purpose in the crazy world. I’m very thankful that people see me as a person of integrity and just trying to do the right thing for myself and those around me. I can’t ask for more than that. I’m happy I make my parents proud. That’s been a goal of mine, even when I didn’t know it was. The only thing I focus on regards being set aside from anyone. They aren’t me, and they can’t be me. No one can be a better version of me except me, and I push myself to grow in that mindset daily.

We’d love to hear what you think about risk-taking?
Risks are significant. They show how you’re willing to sacrifice what you choose to love or get yourself into. I’ve taken many risks with money, my sanity, and my bonds with family, friends, etc. It’s just part of life if you ask me. I went bankrupt making music and messed up my credit in the past. It was all bad for me, but I just kept going. I think the biggest risk was losing a connection with myself. I remember I told a friend of mine, “It’s rap or die for me cause that’s all I’m good at,” and that’s how I felt cause that’s all I knew, and that’s what people saw. Ackurate was the main person, not Vince, which was a huge problem. Sometimes those risks can be very life-changing on both sides.

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