Boyd got involved in the local music scene, making music beats for other artists and rapping under the name Gameface. He also helped form the now-defunct hip-hop group The Regiementz.
Boyd said his life is good, but it's always had certain gritty realities. In 2008, tragedy struck when his cousin, Nalisha Gravely, was murdered in broad daylight inside the Taco Bell on the West Side.
"Every state has it's own hood," he said, "but it's all how you react. You can make it if you stick to your dreams."
Boyd dreams big. He's a rapper, music producer and entrepreneur. Through his GM Enterprises label, he's working on a lot of projects, including a clothing line for women.
"It's called Ayene fashions -- for plus-sized women," he said.
Boyd said it all fits in with promoting positive images.
"I love plus-sized women," he said, "but I got tired of going into Lane Bryant and Cato's and spending $50 and $60 on just one shirt. Why do that when you can spend $50 or $60 on three shirts?"
He promises that his clothes will be better.
"It's all about making women feel comfortable and beautiful," he said. "Which they already are. That's what Ayene means. It means 'pure beauty.'"
The clothing line is still in development. Boyd said he and his team are working on shirts and exploring distribution.
"I do stay busy," he said.
Playing Multifest this Friday night is one of the high points of his summer, he said. Over the next few months, he hopes to record more, perform more and reach out more. He's even hoping to get the Regiementz back together.
In the meantime, Boyd said, "I'm rapping from WV and that's all I know."
Reach Bill Lynch at ly...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5195.