Rapping gives boy who stutters confidence, inspiration
January 27, 2013 (WLS) -- After being bullied by students and teachers, a 13-year-old boy who stutters has won respect from his peers and professionals.
Rapping has changed life for Jake Zeldin, also known as Lil JaXe. When he raps, he doesn't stutter.
Toronto resident Zeldin is a role model for millions who stutter.
Lil JaXe is currently traveling the United States to get his message out.
"We are who we are, and we can't like one small thing like a disability get in between our dreams," Zeldin said.
His mother Robyn Zeldin said Jake was a late talker.
"We started with speech therapy right away," she said. "We went to several different people, you know people promise different things, and it just wasn't working for him."
He started rapping when he came back from camp.
"He came back from camp rapping saying 'I can rhyme these words and it can come out really fast and it can come out really smoothly and I love it' and that's how it started," she said.
In addition to rapping, he also writes songs and sells art work.
"I heard it was left brained and right brained, like one side is speaking and one side is like music," Jake Zeldin said.
"You know you just have to believe in your child," Robyn Zeldin said. "And if they want something bad enough, they can really make it happen."
As for Jake's future, he said he hopes to accomplish many things including going on tour, graduating from college and just having fun.
disability issues, karen meyer
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