Here Rast’s growing exposure gains a new dimension as some of his talking points prove to still be sensitive topics, and with this his music takes on a certain immediacy. Read the description in his words below (via Mass Appeal.) The referenced article ‘Running From Cops… A Hip Hop Odyssey’ can also be found on MA.
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As a recovering drug addict, I’m aware that I still have some addictive traits that surface from time to time. A life once packed with more action and danger than the Street Fighter game at your local bodega has now been altered to a grueling schedule of facilitating recovery seminars, plus group and individual counseling sessions by day, and changing my son Lexington’s diapers by night. But my thing is, just for me, every chance I get, I rap and write with the hopes of becoming the next hip hop Street Disciple. That’s my fix. That’s what I call “dope” these days.
With active drug addiction there is a selfishness that the addict can’t control because the urge to shoot dope or smoke rock is just too strong; hence the child neglect, prostitution and violent crime that follows. For me, when I write or perform, I’m transported to a thirty dollar a night hotel, where I slip into heroin induced euphoria…My only concern? More. With all of this said, there’s often a lack of consequential thinking in regards to the effect my words have on society and in those instances, I neglect to take into consideration how my actions effect might touch others. For example, while writing the Running From Cops piece for Mass Appeal Issue 54, I revealed true stories from my life that were entertaining and compelling…but, if I’m honest with myself, these words were also irresponsible and insensitive. I kindly asked the editors to remove one passage in particular that was tied into the now shuttered night club Flamingo.
I asked the editors to remove the passage because it was careless of me to not think about how those involved would feel about it. However, I do believe that everything happens for a reason, and I’m hoping that I could flip this negative situation into a positive action. To those involved in the club Flamingo incident:
I would like to apologize for my actions that night; I’m sorry that my piece opened old wounds. My behavior was reckless and stupid. I cannot make any excuse for my actions, I just hope one day we can rebuild the relationship we once had that was denigrated by ego, greed, and carelessness.