James Eleck O’Neal better known to many as Snotti was born on July 26, 1974, to Bonita O’Neal and James Vickers-Sapps Jr..
Born and raised by his great, great aunt Henrietta Walker (Retta) in Boston, Ma; he grew up in the South End neighborhood. James attended the Hurley Elementary School, Timothy Middle School and Charlestown High School where he played basketball and football. He was passionate about music and was heavily influenced and became a student of Hip Hop, listening to artists like Public Enemy, Tupac, Scarface and Wu Tang Clan.
He loved to write and create his own lyrics, honing his skills as an MC. He joined a local Hip Hop crew called “Natives in Black” (NIB). Kirt, Rusti, Tank, Kevin and James went on to record a couple of albums in the mid-1990s creating a forever lasting brotherhood. He also enjoyed making music with his brother Shaft and long-time friend/brother Kavayah (Kevin). James enjoyed spending his spare time with his brother (also named James) and friends Ray, Ernie and Kenny to name a few whom he called The South End Soldiers (S.E.S).
James was a hard worker, excelling and proficient in every job he held, whether it was managing receiving and delivery at Goodwill in Quincy or carpentry. He held supportive positions in food service and even helped run a shelter in Cambridge near Central Square, ultimately giving back to those who helped him in his time of need. He wanted to see others succeed and rise from the challenges he himself knew all too well. James had a good heart and was not only loved but respected by his friends. He often provided valuable resources and a sage voice to those who were struggling to make a way in society.
All of these things gave James joy but his true passion came years later when he once again picked up a pin and paper. This time it was not to write lyrics, it was to draw. He found drawing not only rewarding but also therapeutic often getting lost in his work. This is when Eleck’s Art was created.
James touched many lives in his time with us and he will be greatly missed among his family, friends, and all that knew him.
James is survived by his father, James Vickers-Sapps; siblings: Janina Rackard-Vickers, Warren Mongo, Shanta Miller, James Williams, Nicole Browning, Tyron Struthers, Daryl Sloane, Laquan Mongo, Caitlin Vickers, Tony Norwood, Sharif-Sarif O'Neal, Alicia Butler; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
James was pre-deceased by his mother, Bonita O’Neal, and great-great aunt, Henrietta Walker.
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