Houston rapper makes living selling cd’s on streets

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HOUSTON, Tx- Just about everyday Houston rapper Detre Val walks through popular areas in the Bayou City selling his album to anyone who'll stop and give him the time of day.

"On a normal day I'll get 100 no's," said Val. "All I'm looking for is 10 yeses out of that hundred."

In order to persuade people to buy his CD he freestyles to anyone he sees on the street. Rap is not your thing? No worries...he also does spoken word for you poetic type. He's sold over 3,000 copies in a little over a year - which is the amount of time he's been committed to making music.

The energetic rapper sells his CD's for only 5 bucks! He quickly realized if he sold two in one hour he would make three dollars more than his usual $7.25 he made working at his old job.

"I used to work at Goodwill for $7.25 a hour," says Val. "Anybody working at $7.25 that has admiration and dreams, you know...it's pretty much not going to happen at $7.25," said Val.

Val's completely focused on making his dreams come true. He performs in local venues around Houston and produces at least one beat per day. His album "Heart Release" is for sale now.

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