On the track: Running to rapping

Spearman and Curtis balance music, sports

It’s the H-F freestyle battle heard around the world.

Three students left track practice a couple months back and decided to have a freestyle battle. Devin Clemons, Jordan Curtis and Emmanuel Spearman all lined up and said their rap lines on camera. Little did they know, this 30-second video would go viral and make them the talk of Chicago.

“Yeah, we weren’t expecting this much popularity,” Curtis said. “We originally did it just for fun.”

The video was an instant sensation and thousands of people around Chicago know who they are, as well as their fourth member, Marquist Spivey. What most don’t know, is the kind of work that they do to keep up with their popularized lives.

“It’s a little difficult to deal with because I have a full schedule everyday,” Curtis said. “I go from school to track and then to work. Then I go to the studio and I’m usually there until 3 a.m.”

This frantic schedule leaves little time to do anything, and it can definitely impact classroom performance. But for Curtis, it should benefit him in his steps towards college.

“It will impact me going to college in a good way because I am going to college for music,” Curtis said.“It’s kind of like I’m a step ahead.”

The schedule proved to be too much of a burden for Clemons, who is no longer a member of the track team, but Curtis and Spearman are still going strong. Spearman has been doing especially well, according to track Head Coach Nathan Beebe.

“Emmanuel has a chance to be a top five runner in the state,” Beebe said. “He also has a chance to win in his relays at the state level too.”

His success on the track this year will definitely help him on the collegiate level. Spearman says he has a couple of elite schools in mind, but he has not made his decision yet.

According to Spearman and Curtis, the group has shows scheduled in New York, and that is only made possible because of the free schedule the summer brings.

“It’s easier when you don’t have anything to do,” Spearman said. “No track, no school, just rapping.”

However, the summer does not last forever, and eventually they will have to go to their respective colleges, but that won’t stop them from making music together.

“Right now we are looking at actually getting signed,” Spearman said. “ It really depends on what we want to do because we all have different options for college.”

Even with all these questions about the future, Spearman and Curtis are still enjoying the challenge of being famous.

“It’s nice, but it does become annoying,” Spearman said. “It’s not really bad in school, but sometimes younger kids that we don’t know will act different.”