25 year old Chicago rapper Hardknock is certainly from that school. Born as Deshaun Carpenter, he grew up on the low end in Lawless Gardens. One of five children and raised by a single mother, HardKnock saw a bit of everything growing up. Splitting his time on the East side in the locally known area better known as Pocket Town, he witnessed all kinds of violence and drug use. In spite of his rough upbringing, HardKnock still has a deep love for his city and would never trade Chicago for anything. He is looking to show that there is more to Chicago than the nickname “Chiraq” and some shootings.