JLloyd [1/3] "I bought my first microphone when I was 14. I pooled up enough money from working at McDonald's down the way from the trailer park where I lived with my alcoholic, mentally unstable mother. An Audix OM-2 from Guitar Center was the right microphone, it did what I needed it to do. This was 2004 and I had just become a freshman at a middle classed high school in the suburb of Flint, Michigan. It was my 3rd year in my 4th school district since 1995.
Over the summer of 8th grade, a friend from band class introduced me to Fruity Loops, a digital audio workstation. As soon as I got home, I downloaded the demo onto my mom's desktop and proceeded to spend the rest of my summer making some of the wackest, lamest sounding beats...I was getting somewhere.
After my 9th grade year came to a close, I found myself distancing myself from my peers as school and moreso drawn towards my family, particularly my father's side of the family. I felt constant pressure to be more "like them" and not the poor kid from the trailer park outside of town whose Mom was unstable and Dad was elsewhere.
I felt like I was being judged every step I took, every sentence I said, every thing I did. I felt that everyone knew I was different, that I was unstable and hurt, so I found refuge in music and hanging out with my older cousins and their friends. Because I'm naturally talented and dedicated to my craft, I found it easy to make friends around people who shared the same goals as me, to be a musician, no... even better, to be rap stars..."