It’s Like Air

Video posted December 9, 2013 in News by Casie Tennin and Deja McClendon


At the young age of 13, Synclair Jackson discovered his passion for writing and performing rhymes.  Born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland he completed his first song “Grace Blockers."

After performing "Grace Blockers" for his church, he immediately became a local hit. He realized the power of moving an audience using his art. Jackson picked his rap alias “Oxygen Pernell” as a metaphor for the role that creating music plays in his life —"it’s like air.”

Oxygen, or “the breath of hip hop” is now a senior at Penn State University, studying Information Science Technology and English Literature. He performs at open mic nights around State College, and just released his new single “Rearview.”

Follow @OxygenPernell to check out his latest work.

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Casie Tennin is a Senior Broadcast Journalism major from Mahwah, New Jersey. She spent last semester studying in Buenos Aires, Argentina as part of her International Studies minor. Casie has interned at Life and Style Magazine in the editorial department, as well as Clear Channel’s hit radio station Z100, based out of New York City. Here in Happy Valley, she is a former producer of State College’s All Hit B94.5, as well as a lead host for PSNTV’s entertainment news talk show, The U. She is excited for her final year of Penn State, where she will continue to work with PSNTV and further her involvement in THON 2014. Post graduation, she hopes to move to New York City and start her career within the entertainment communications industry. You can reach her via e-mail at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).