By Maddie Gee
Cameron Allmond is a senior from Frisco, Texas. He performs his own rap and hip hop music under the stage name “Crislan Cavalier.” Cameron also has a clothing brand called “The Cavalier Collective.” Cameron has performed at Common Grounds and he has been featured in The Baylor Lariat. We spoke with Cameron about his inspiration and future goals.
“The whole West Coast vibe and just the love that is presented, I wanted to bring a little taste of that to Baylor…a lot of people responded very well to it,” said Cameron Allmond
What inspired you to build a brand?
Cameron: It’s funny because I think it was Dom Kennedy. He is such a people person and the fact that he doesn’t have a brand of his own, Nipsey Hussle actually does. The whole West Coast vibe and just the love that is presented, I wanted to bring a little taste of that to Baylor just to see how it happened and a lot of people responded very well to it.
What is your biggest accomplishment?
Cameron: That is a good question. I would say my biggest accomplishment is – and I was confirmed of this yesterday speaking on the phone with the event manager of Common Grounds – is that my first concert that I performed at Common Grounds with little to no marketing broke the record for local artists. People try to get at least a certain amount of people to come but I surpassed that with no marketing. So hopefully this next concert – March 15th – that comes around I can do better. As of now, that is my most impressive accomplishment.
Why would you say that Black History Month is important to you?
Cameron: That’s interesting…I hate to say this but we are put in a interesting situation. People are saying “Do you need a month?” when we already have MLK’s birthday the month before. I think when it comes to how you view holidays or why holidays are a thing, it’s important to understand the reason why when there was 400 plus years of slavery. I feel like it is pretty good to have a month. I just feel that a lot of people who aren’t black may still not know how to handle themselves for a whole twenty-eight days maybe twenty-nine on a leap year … We should say “Hey black people – make more great black people because there were great black people before you so do the same thing so we can talk about you…when you die.” It sounds very morbid but at the end of the day I feel like the end goal is to prolong the longevity of black excellence. I am down for that. It just has to be done right.
What does it mean to you to be black and creative?
Cameron: The funny thing about this is is that I grew up in Idaho in Boise and I was the only black dude in the whole elementary school. So when I moved to Frisco in 2006 I was considered someone who talked white. The important thing that I have learned about being black and creative is the fact that your skin is black. The unfortunate thing is that people don’t like other people because of skin but also the cultural things that come with it. The cultural things that come with it I have attached to very easily and very well by interest. I like the fact that we can almost do anything. We can be dope rappers. We can be amazing orators. We can be athletes. I feel like the sky is limitless or like Michael Jordan said that “the ceiling is a roof.” We basically can do anything we want just because we are genetically inclined to do it. That sounds very “Jurassic Park”-ish but I feel like we have a lot of potential. So I feel like it’s cool because our standard is “We can only go up from here.”
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