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CLOSE’s “Base Level” column features the hottest new artists we’re buzzing about. Before they make it to the summit of superstardom, we spot them at base level–the beginning of their hopeful journey to the top.

So get this: his name is Sahr Dumbar, and Sahr means first born and Dumbar means warrior. But when the Philly native was in high school he merited the nickname Sahr Dummy. But this “dummy” went onto earn his law degree from the University of Miami and now can practice law in Washington, D.C and Florida. Did we forget to mention that he also own his own law firm?


Sahr spoke to #TeamBeautiful about how a rapper turned lawyer balances life between the courtroom and the stage. In between practicing real estate litigation, a little bit of entertainment law and being a certified mediator, this guy finds time to write and record his newest EP “It’s About To Go Down.” I guess Sahr is further proof, never judge a book by its cover.

Name: Sahr Dummy

Age: 34

Hometown: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Who are some of your musical influences?  My music is pretty diverse and I grew up in the 90s and listened to Naughty By Nature and Wu-Tang Clan. Mos Def. Biggie and Nas are all influences that come to mind.  But as far as when I was really little, like a lot of people, Michael Jackson was a big influence. I liked his personality when he was dancing and singing. All his songs are great, so that was the main artist that got me into music.

When did you realize that music was your passion? When I was in high school and middle school I did all kinds of talent shows, and getting the crowd reaction was always great.  I went to law school, which is how I ended up in Miami. I was a lawyer, still am a lawyer, started in 2003. Unfortunately, my wife passed away a couple of years ago and when you lose someone that young of an age, you have to ask yourself what are you going to do. I didn’t want to have any regrets and I’m in my 30s and people are still rapping so I decided to just pursue it.

What has been your biggest break thus far? Doing my video, working with different people and seeing that whole process was a big deal for me. I got a couple of magazine interviews as well. To me everyone defines success differently. Having my own company and owning my own masters to me that’s an accomplishment. For me to put my music out there for the public to see is an accomplishment in itself, at least from my perspective.

If you could be the musical love child of any two artists-dead or alive-who would they be and why? For the man, I would have to say Bob Marley and what I mean I just think his music is undeniable. You can play it almost anywhere in front of anybody-black, white or whatever-people just feel it. They just vibe to it. It’s universal. As far as the female I would have to say Left Eye. I just think that her personality was out there. She was the person in the group who stood out. She had multiple talents and that’s how I feel about me, I feel like I can rap over any beat and be original.

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