First Blind, Female Rapper Hopes to Inspire

January 18, 2017 05:36 AM

After losing her eyesight, a local teen has turned to rapping in an effort to inspire others facing difficult circumstances.

Ant Walker, a 19-year-old living in Brooklyn Park, lost the vision in her left eye at 12-years old. Six years later, optic atrophy quickly took the remaining sight in her right eye.

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Faced with learning how to walk with a cane and reading braille, Walker struggled to stay positive in school at Intermediate District 287.

"Ant came in as a fragile young woman,"Walker's advisor, Mary Hogetvedt, said.

Walker's mother, Marsell, said that all changed just months ago when she became the first blind, female rapper.

"She said mom, I got something I want you to hear," Marsell said. "It was her life, her life into a song."

Walker has detailed the challenges over the past seven years in a song called "Count Your Blessings." She's now writing more tracks to add to the motivational album underway. With one performance under her belt, Walker even has another concert booked in Atlanta this March.

"After I lost my eyesight, I became more in-tune with music."Walker said. "I've always been a writer, so it just kind of came to me."

She wants to use her voice and the medium of rapping to motivate others with disabilities to find a passion and run with it.

"Blind or visually impaired people - we can't see, but that doesn't mean our life is over," Walker said. "We can aspire to be whatever we want to be."

After watching the motivation of music work for Ant, those closest to her have no doubt she'll share it with others.

She's driven now,"Hogetvedt said. "She has a message to give and she really wants to inspire."


Tyler Berg

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