Following his own free will, well known Central State student Santana (Tana Rocks) Silas talks about his HBCU experience and leadership on the yard, future goals, and new music during an HBCU Buzz interview.
There is nothing like the HBCU experience. Attending these institutions, one has the opportunity to walk among and network with modern leaders in fields like engineering, business, and arts on daily bases. Graduating senior Santana “Tana Rocks” Silas is one such student.
Ups and Downs: Living the “HBCU Experience”
“My HBCU experience has had its ups and its downs. Before I came to Central State, I attended a predominately white institution, Ohio University. I didn’t enjoy it much so I took my talents to Central [State]. But now everything has basically fallen in place, and I have taken it all in, managing leadership roles in my fraternity, Iota Phi Theta, and my major, Graphic Design.”
Breathing the American Dream: Silas talks Music Inspirations
“Growing up in a prominent Hip Hop community like New York is inspiring. My father was into reggae music when I was young so I matured around that atmosphere. I began writing music late in my childhood, mimicking Hip Hop artist Cassidy’s style, and eventually merging into my own lane. My mixtape, No Filter, is the first of its kind for me and I note how my sound is unique to my own experiences and lifestyle.
Down the Road, What’s Next?
By five years, I plan to be supporting my family with either music or graphics, and married to a drop dead gorgeous woman. I’m also in the works to the sequel of No Filter. Really, I just want to be successful in every endeavor I take, helping others and myself. And to be successful, you have to find what you are good at and put your all into it. I am currently taking my own advice.”
Santana “Tana Rocks” Silas is a graduating senior at Central State University from Brooklyn, New York, and a member of Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc., Alpha Mu Chapter. Follow him on Twitter and check out his mixtape in collaboration with @RockstarJDA:
YouTube: No Filter