Greydon Square

On this date in 1981, rapper Greydon Square, ne Eddie Collins, was born in Compton, California. Greydon Square is an outspoken atheist whose clever lyrics focus on atheism, criticisms of religion, science, and other philosophical topics. He also has rapped about his experiences growing up in Compton and serving in the War in Iraq. His parents are absent from his life, so as a child and teenager lived in several different group homes. He taught himself how to play piano at one of the group homes when he was nine. As a teenager he joined the gang Tragniew Park Compton Crips. At 19 he decided to make a change in his life and join the army, where he was deployed to the front lines of Iraq. Greydon Square began studying physics at Arizona State University, but later changed to computer science. He became an atheist at 25 when he began to think critically about religion. Greydon Square has a large fanbase in the atheist community, and admirers of his music include Richard Dawkins and Penn Jillette.

Greydon Square has released six albums: Absolute (2004), The Compton Effect (2007), The C.P.T. Theorem (2008), Type I: The Kardashev Scale (2010), Type II: The Mandelbrot Set (2012). His album Omniverse: Type 3: Aum niverse  is set to be released in 2014.

 

"After a lot of reading, and research, I realized, I didn't have any secret channel picking up secret messages from god or anyone else. That voice in my head was my own."

—--Greydon Square in a 2010 interview with Martin Pribble for Martin Pribble’s blog, Attempting to Make Sense.

Compiled by Sarah Eucalano

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