Chicago rapper Craw the Sage, born Eric Crawford Jr., is a talented emcee with a vast array of poetic talent. Craw the Sage is gifted with words and possesses a unique style of rap that is all his own. Craw began rapping in his dorm room during his freshman year in college. He says, “I didn’t know I had a way with words...Rap found me, I was just doin’ it for fun and I just so happen to be decent at it, so I decided to take Hip Hop seriously around the end of my sophomore year.” Some of Craw’s influences include legends like Pac, Biggie, Mos Def, Lupe Fiasco, Kendrick Lamar, and J. Cole.
Craw eventually developed his skill of rap to a point in which he felt comfortable performing in front of crowds. He took the opportunity to participate in open mics around his school, using the open mics as stepping stones to harness the craft of performance. Craw dropped his first full-length project entitled ‘Joy of the Game’, on May 20, 2015. The project was largely produced and mixed by a fellow student and good friend Griffin Belzer (GRYFN). Joy of the Game is described as a coming of age story. Craw shows himself as a true artist dropping gold nuggets of wisdom and gems of knowledge on every track.
Craw the sage raps to inspire lives and share knowledge amongst his listeners. He expends a lot of energy and has an aura about him that cannot go unnoticed. He believes that his talent can be used to lift people’s spirits and make for a better age and better people. “We are born with the ability to create, a God given gift. We are all participants in this great cosmic event which is basically one big art project.” - Craw the Sage