Rawpa Crawpa’s keeping it real
With social media, Rawpa Crawpa has managed to make his name by addressing social and political issues.
"I never planned on being a vlogger, it happened naturally. Around one year and five months ago, I did a video talking about Jamaicans who leave Jamaica and turn their backs and it went viral. After that, I did a video about waist trainers and that gave me an even larger following," said Rawpa Crawpa.
Born Leonard White, Rawpa Crawpa says he started out as a musician over a decade ago before drifting into video production at BBMTV in London.
"In 2014, I decided to produce my own movie called W.A.R, after which I had the opportunity to further my acting in one of Nollywood’s widely known television series called Housewives and Girlfriends," he said.
Rawpa Crawpa believes it is harder for entertainers living in the UK.
"I believe that entertainers in London have to work harder to get recognition for their work as opposed to those living in Jamaica or the USA. We are basically outside of the grid and, therefore, we have to fight harder to get in," said Rawpa Crawpa.
Rawpa Crawpa, known for his tagline "The Struggle Is Real," said his inspiration comes from issues affecting the younger generation and political matters that will have a widespread effect on humanity.
The outspoken vlogger said the decision to be a full-time vlogger was not an easy one as outsiders often believe that social media fame automatically means financial success.
"I get a lot of support from other social media personalities, the biggest struggle is getting the public to understand that we take vlogging serious and if we do not work, we can’t pay our bills," he said.
"There are fans who understand and will defend my brand when social media trolls attack me and I appreciate them because without them I could not have reached this far," he continued.