Antonio will perform three originals including "T Dash," "It's Eazy," and "The Company."
He has been rapping since age 7 and practices regularly in a studio under the direction of his cousin, Rod Coates.
Antonio loves the Boys & Girls Club.
"It's a safe place and a nice way to get active and learn," he said. "We have field trips. We learn character traits like respect, honesty and trust."
Antonio lives with his mother, Karen Coates, a state employee, and his older brother, Von Jones.
In addition to his many interests, he is a member of First Baptist Church on Shrewsbury Street where he sometimes plays the drums and participates in a dance group called Zion's Children. He takes drum lessons under the direction of Tim Courts and recently had a recital at the Clay Center.
He credits God for instilling talents. However, he said it takes practice and persistence to make the most of one's gifts.
He intends to persevere toward his career goal of becoming a professional rapper.
"I never quit," he said. "I never say never."
Contact writer Charlotte Ferrell Smith at charlo...@dailymail.com or 304-348-1246.
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