Nubs: When they first see us, why are we seeing all these freaks of nature in one place? Nubs: But now it’s like, “holy crap, that’s all squad family.” A-Factor: When I first came out here and I was just sitting in the studio, writing and doing my thing, and somebody comes in and they’re like, so there’s this kid back there, with no arms and no legs, I’m like,”that doesn’t sound real,” and then it was like, “but check this, his homie is Widdle”. “And he’s black, but he’s white.” “He’s a black albino.” I was like, they’re just messing with me, they’ve got to be. Making waves in the industry, the Odd Squad family are hoping their brand of hip hop, will change the world. Nubs: my name is Nubs, with the Odd Squad Family. Nubs is joined by other group members. Snowman, And A-factor. Nubs: Nubs is an acronym that I created after acquiring the nickname… obviously Nubs. but I made the acronym Nubs to mean normally underestimated by sight. Through their music, the group wants to prove that no one should be judged on their outward appearance. Nubs: You know what they say about the master and the student, that’s why I never give up relentless pushing through it. A-Factor: Most frequently asked question that we get is, “what’s wrong with the black guy?” but there’s nothing wrong with any of us. And that’s kind of the whole point of Odd Squad family. Like, okay I may look “normal,” right? but … everybody’s odd in their own way. Like every single person in this world is unique and different, and that makes us odd. Since starting out their fame has grown and Odd Squad’s music is now reaching far and wide. With gigs across the US and their music racking up fans online. Nubs: When they first see us, you know, it sounds like why are we seeing all these freaks of nature in one place? But now it’s like, “Holy crap that’s Odd Squad Family.” You’re Nubs! it’s dope. The music has changed people’s opinions of us drastically. This is our … this is the lab, this is the studio control room, This is where we … you know, sit. Write, listen to music, listen to beats, come up with songs, record songs. this is the music factory this is where … This is where creativity flows. Snowman: This is where the magic happens. A-Factor: Literary. Snowman: I wasn’t trying to say that. A-Factor: This is where it goes down. Nubs: I hope with my music I can create a better place in this world. I can be a voice for people that feel like me, look like me. You know that feel like their life is limited and has a ceiling because of their differences, when it doesn’t. I want to change the world, As corny as that sounds man for real, I want to change this world for the better. Growing up, Nubs was never formally diagnosed, or told why he was born without all his limbs. Nubs: The name of my condition is actually … it’s just Latin. It’s Latin words that translate to no arms, no legs. They didn’t know what it was, It’s very rare I guess. at birth everything was normal, I came out and was a shocker. The doctors, they tested me and the’re like, “he’s fine. He just doesn’t have arms or legs, he’s good”. To grow up with no arms
and no legs is just in a world of people with arms and legs It’s exciting, terrifying, and questionable all at the same time. I’ve questioned why me for so long, I think that … growing up like this has just made me think about, everything differently, to the point where it’s like, I could be a glass half empty, but I choose the glass half full. Because there’s no changing this. Despite growing up with a disability, Nubs leads a normal life with the help of his partner and family. Nubs: My family is very important to me because they’re my support system, my base and they believe in me. They see what I’m doing every day I work hard for it. And without my family I would not be here. We’ve just had our six year anniversary, and we met through a mutual friend. And then connected later on in life when I was like 17. through like parties and stuff. Nubs: She’s my arms, she has to reach for me most of the times. I guess that is one obstacle, he’s really short. Nubs: It’s not like
most relationships, she’s got a lot on the table for me. she does a lot of stuff for me. Like more than … you know other girlfriends probably do for others. Nubs: I do have special needs. Like I can’t reach stuff. I can’t reach stuff, man. I’m so short. Nubs: It’s important, I’m a good father and I teach my children everything I can. Overall man, I just want them to know that they can do anything, anything they want. Raising his children with an
open mind is important for Nubs. Because growing up, he often became the target of bullies. Nubs: When people stop and stare at me I think what are you thinking about? Do you know me because of my music? and when I was younger was it was really different because when I see people staring at me I’m like, “I know why you’re staring at me.” Chicken Stubs, half a man, half a person, nipple hands. It’s tough. You take it day by day.You know what I mean? It’s all you really can do. I want my children to grow up in a world where they don’t see … discrimination and don’t see, judgments from others being the way of life, like I did. My advice to people who feel odd or different would be to own it. Figure out what makes you different, you’re unique, same as everybody else. And you really need to just understand that it’s a gift, its truly a blessing to be different than everybody else. Own it. Own it. Love it. Love yourself.