Australia

 

 MY NAME IS REYNE BRADY AKA MUGZY IM FROM A PLACE CALLED THE CENTRAL COAST WHICH IS AN HOUR AND A HALF NORTH OF SYDNEY'S CBD IN NEW SOUTH WALES. I'M A HIP HOP ARTIST, ACTOR, YOUTH MENTOR I'VE BEEN APART OF THE ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY FOR TWELVE YEARS NOW. THROUGH-OUT THIS JOURNEY I'VE ACHIEVED A LOT OF INCREDIBLE THINGS I'VE WROTE, RECORDED, PRODUCED 2 ALBUMS (WORKING ON A THIRD) WORLD WIDE RADIO PLAY / FEATURES / INTERVIEWS FEATURED AND EXTRA ROLES IN MOVIES, COMMERCIALS, SHORT/INDEPENDENT FILM TRACKS FEATURED IN MULTIPLE WEB SERIES. I'VE TAUGHT HIP HOP & THE CULTURE OF IT TO YOUTH GROUPS (MMAD: MUSICIANS MAKING A DIFFERENCE) AND EVEN UNSW (UNIVERSITY OF NEW SOUTH WALES) OVER A WORLDWIDE FOLLOWING.

 

BACK IN THE 90S

AROUND THE CENTRAL COAST THE CULTURE OF HIP HOP SLOWLY STARTED TO FLOW IN FROM EMINEM'S BIG IMPACT WITH THE SINGLE (MY NAME IS?) ON THE (SLIM SHADY LP)

KIDS AROUND THE NEIGHBOURHOOD (INCLUDING MYSELF) THOUGHT THIS WAS SUCH A COOL GENRE OF MUSIC I'T MADE US WANNA BE TOUGH AND HAVE AN ATTITUDE

(SWEAR...WEAR THUGGED-OUT CLOTHES...REBEL AGAINST OUR PARENTS ORDERS...PUT PICTURES OF RAPPERS ON OUR BEDROOM WALLS...BURN CDS IF SOMEONE HEARD A NEW SONG ETC ETC)

BECAUSE IT SEEMED TOUGH/COOL  TO BE LIKE THAT JUST LIKE THE RAPPERS WHO WE'D LISTEN TOO

"LOL DAYMN WE WERE STUPID KIDS"

 

MY BROTHER JAYDEN

WHO IS 2YRS YOUNGER THAN ME GOT HOLD OF A BUNCH OF SINGLE DEMO CD'S

"REMEMBER THEM? WHEN IT WOULD HAVE THE TRACK & THE INSTRUMENTAL TRACK WITH IT...I DONT THINK THEY HAVE THEM ANYMORE?"

ARTISTS SUCH AS (EMINEM...DR DRE....SNOOP DOGG...BUSTA RHYMES...XZIBIT...50 CENT...LIL BOW WOW)

AND WE WOULD ALWAYS PLAY THEM TOGETHER ON LOOP THROUGH-OUT THE HOUSE NON-STOP..DAILY

UNTIL OUR PARENTS FOUND OUT SEEN THE (PARENTAL ADVISORY STICKER) ON ALL THE CD'S WHICH ENDED WITH US GETTING OUR A$$ WHOOPED THEN SENT TO OUR ROOMS AFTERWARDS HAHA

BECAUSE THEY DIDNT WANT US TO BE BAD INFLUENCES GROWING UP AND LIVING THAT KIND OF LIFE THESE ARTISTS WERE PORTRAYING IN THEIR MUSIC "UNDERSTANDABLE"

BUT THAT NEVER STOPPED US FROM LISTENING BEHIND THEIR BACKS "SHHHHH HAHA"

 

 

 

FAST FORWARD TO 2004

STARTING HIGH SCHOOL YEAR 7 AGE 14

IT WAS SUCH AN OVERWHELMING EXPERIENCE STARTING A NEW SCHOOL

STUDENTS COMING FROM OTHER PRIMARY SCHOOLS AROUND THE COAST TO ATTEND THIS HIGH SCHOOL TOO

 

AT A YOUNG AGE

I WAS VERY SHY (WOULDN'T TALK MUCH) SO THE FACT OF STARTING FRESH AGAIN WITH NEW STUDENTS WAS VERY NERVE RACKING TO ME

BUT IN THE END IT WAS VERY SMOOTH SAILING THROUGH YEAR 7

MEET A LOT OF NEW FRIENDS AND SOME NEW GIRLS TOO HAHA "I'T WAS GREAT VERY HAPPY TIMES"

 

WHILE GOING TO CLASSES

STUDENTS WOULD HAVE TO WALK PAST THE SCHOOLS SUPPORT ROOMS (SSU-SCHOOL SUPPORT UNIT) WHICH WAS DOWN  THE END OF THE HALL

IT WAS 3 CLASSROOMS AND A DEMOUNTABLE OUTSIDE AROUND THE BACK

THE 3 CLASSROOMS IN THE HALL WOULD DEAL WITH THE DISABILITY STUDENTS EITHER WITH (DOWNSYNDROME... ADHD...DEAF/BLIND OR LEARNING DISABILITY) LIKE IF THEY COULDNT KEEP UP WITH THE (MAINSTREAM CLASSES)

THE DEMOUNTABLE OUTSIDE WAS FOR THE UNSTABLE DISABILITY STUDENTS

 

SOMETIMES WHILE WALKING PAST TO GET TO CLASS

I WOULD SEE THE SSU TEACHERS HAVING TO TRY AND RESTRAIN SOME OF THEIR STUDENTS BECAUSE THEY WOULD EITHER SPAZZ OUT OR BECOME VIOLENT

AND EACH TIME I WOULD WALK PAST I ALWAYS REMEMBER SAYING TO MYSELF

"THANK GOD IM NOT IN THOSE CLASSES"

 

UNTIL IT WAS THE END OF YEAR 7

"I'LL NEVER FORGET THIS DAY FOR AS LONG AS ILL LIVE"

I WAS IN (SCIENCE CLASS) AND A WOMAN WHO DEALT WITH THE (SSU DEPARTMENT) KNOCKED ON THE DOOR AND ASKED IF SHE COULD SPEAK WITH ME

"I CANT REMEMBER HER NAME...BUT I REMEMBER SHE WAS (SHORT...CHUBBY...GLASSES..SHORT BLONDISH HAIR..IN HER 50S)

SHE TOLD ME AFTER THE CHRISTMAS BREAK NEXT YEAR WHEN I START SCHOOL AGAIN IN YEAR 8 ILL BE GOING INTO THE SCHOOLS SUPPORT UNIT BECAUSE MY GRADES ARE FAILING

"AT FIRST I DIDNT KNOW WHAT THE HELL SHE WAS TALKING ABOUT SO I THOUGHT NOTHING OF IT"

 

 

IT WAS 2005 CHRISTMAS BREAK HAD PASSED...NOW STARTING YEAR 8 FRESH AGED 15

I REMEMBER MY FIRST SUMMER DAY OF YEAR 8 IT WAS SCIENCE CLASS AGAIN THE NEW TEACHER IS TELLING THE CLASS WHAT WE WILL BE LEARNING THIS YEAR

AS HIS SPEAKING TO THE CLASS WE HEAR A KNOCK ON THE DOOR AND IT'S THE SSU LADY AGAIN

SHE TELLS HIM "THAT I'M IN THE WRONG CLASS AND THAT I'M MEANT TO BE STARTING THIS YEAR IN THE SCHOOLS SUPPORT UNIT BECAUSE MY GRADES ARE FAILING"...SO I WAS TOLD TO LEAVE WITH HER

 

TOGETHER WE BOTH WALK DOWN THIS LONG HALL AND INTO ONE OF THE SUPPORT CLASSROOMS

SHE KNOCKS ON THE DOOR AND SAYS TO THE TEACHER (MR DANIEL GILLET)

"MY TEACHER FOR THE REST OF MY HIGH SCHOOL YEARS"

YOU HAVE A NEW STUDENT FOR YA CLASS DANIEL AND HE REPLIES "GREAT...CLASS LETS ALL GIVE A WARM WELCOME TO REYNE" AND THE CLASS ALL GOES "HIIIII REYNE"

 

"THE WAY THE TEACHERS WOULD TALK TO THEM IN THE SSU WOULD BE LIKE THE EQUIVALENT TO INFANTS...ALMOST LIKE BABIES"

I SAT DOWN AT ONE OF THE TABLES AND MY WORK WAS TO DRAW A PICTURE OF WHAT I WANTED TO BE WHEN I FINISH HIGH SCHOOL

SO I HAD DRAWN A (POLICE OFFICER) WALKING OUT OF A POLICE STATION

"I MADE HIM LOOK LIKE (BRUCE WILLIS CHARACTER JOHN MCCLANE IN DIE HARD) BECAUSE AT THE TIME THAT WAS MY (INFLUENCE) OF WANTING TO JOIN THE FORCE PLUS ONE OF MY FAV MOVIES OF ALL TIME...EVEN THOUGH IT WAS MEANT TO LOOK LIKE ME LOL"

 

THE NEXT DAY CAME

I WENT BACK TO MY NORMAL CLASSES (MAINSTREAM) THINKING THAT THE SCHOOL SYSTEM PROBABLY MADE A MISTAKE WITH ME

AS I'M SITTING IN CLASS DOING MY WORK...CLASSMATES ARE ASKING ME

"WHAT HAPPEN TO YOU YESTERDAY? YOU JUST DISAPPEARED DID YOU SKIP SCHOOL OR SOMETHING?"

(THEN ONCE AGAIN LIKE CLOCKWORK) A KNOCK ON THE DOOR AND IT WAS THE SSU LADY WITH MR GILLET AND A WOMAN NAMED (MS LAW)

"SHE WAS IN CHARGE OF THE SCHOOL SUPPORT SYSTEM... ALWAYS WORE BLACK...WALKED AROUND WITH A WALKING STICK...LOOKED A CROSS BETWEEN A MAN AND THE GOVERNOR FROM TV SERIES WENTWORTH VERY NASTY WOMAN...WE ALWAYS CLASHED"

 

WHEN I SEEN THEM WALK IN I KNEW WHAT THEY WERE HERE FOR

THEY CAME IN WITHOUT SAYING A WORD....STOOD OVER ME BEIN SO COLD/BLANKLY IN THAT (DOWN-TALK TONE VOICE) "REYNE ARE YOU IN THE RIGHT CLASS THAT YOU SHOULD BE IN?"

I HAD MY HEAD DOWN LOOKING AT THE TABLE HEARING THEM IN MY EAR PERSISTING "REYNE...REYNE....REYNE" UNTIL I STOOD UP OUT OF MY CHAIR

 

MR GILLET PUT HIS HAND ON MY SHOULDER AND IN A SPLIT SECOND I BECAME (ENRAGED) JUST COMPLETELY FLIPPED OUT

TELLING THEM TO "LEAVE ME ALONE"

IT FREAKED THE CLASS OUT COMPLETELY

 

 

 

BEING BACK IN THE SUPPORT UNIT ROOMS I WAS FURIOUS

IF THEY WOULD HAND WORK ON MY DESK ID SCRUNCH IT UP AND THROW IT AWAY....IF ONE OF THE STUDENTS TRIED TO TALK TO ME I'D COMPLETELY IGNORE THEM I'D JUST SIT THERE ENRAGED BOTTLING UP MY EMOTIONS

"IT WAS THE FACT OF I USE TO WALK PAST THIS CLASS AND ALWAYS BE HAPPY KNOWING I WASNT APART OF IT NOW ALL OF THAT HAS CHANGED...AM I GONNA BE IN HERE UNTIL I FINISH HIGH SCHOOL?....I DONT BELONG HERE THERE IS NOTHING WRONG WITH ME"

 

SOME OF THE NEW FRIENDS THAT I MADE FROM YEAR 7 NOW GOING INTO YEAR 8

SKIPPED CLASS TO SEE IF I WAS REALLY IN THERE WITH THE SUPPORT UNIT STUDENTS

I REMEMBER TRYING TO (HIDE MYSELF) WHILE HEARING THEM SAY TO MR GILLET "IS REYNE IN HERE?" AND HIM CLOSING THE DOOR ON THEM SAYING

"YES HIS IN CLASS YOU CAN TALK TO HIM AFTER OR IN BREAK"

 

"THEY SAY HIGH SCHOOL IS THE POINT/PERIOD IN YOUR LIFE THAT YOU ARE MEANT TO FIND YOURSELF AND DEVELOP WHO YOU ARE AND WHO YOU WILL BECOME"

 

AFTER THEY FOUND OUT I WAS NOW IN THE (SSU CLASSES)

(EVERYONE THAT I THOUGHT I KNEW....WHO I THOUGHT WERE MY FRIENDS....OR WHO SUPPOSEDLY HAD MY BACK...TURNED AGAINST ME)

 THEY THOUGHT SOMETHING WAS WRONG WITH ME IN A SENSE OF "YOUR ONE OF THEM NOW"

"OUT OF THE BUNCH I STARTED WITH...ONLY TWO STUCK WITH ME AND HAD MY BACK (CAMERON & BEN) STILL FRIENDS TO THIS DAY TOO

 THAT (HANDS DOWN) SHOWED ME THE TRUTH OF HOW PEOPLE IN THIS LIFE CAN BE VERY SELFISH/CRUEL/NARCISSISTIC  TOWARDS ONE ANOTHER"

 

MY WORLD WAS FLIPPED UPSIDE DOWN IN THE BLINK OF AN EYE

I WAS ONCE THIS HAPPY STUDENT SO FULL OF LIFE TO NOW THIS DEPRESSING SOUL

EACH DAY WHEN I WOULD COME HOME FROM SCHOOL MY MOTHER WOULD SAY "HOW WAS TODAY?"

AND I WOULD LOOK BACK AT HER WITH SO MUCH (HURT & PAIN...ANGER TEARS IN MY EYES )

THEN WALK UP TO MY ROOM

 

BEING IN THAT CLASS WAS SUCH A (DEGRADING...DEMORALIZING...HUMILIATING) TIME THAT IT CAUSED ME TO ERUPT (SUICIDAL DEPRESSION) WITH THOUGHTS OF WANTING TO KILL MYSELF

"AT THAT AGE 14/15 YOU CAN'T SEE THE FUTURE...YOUR MIND IS ALWAYS STUCK IN THE NOW (PRESENT)

SO WHEN SOMETHING BAD HAPPENS IT JUST KEEPS CIRCLING AND CIRCLING TO THE POINT YOU THINK THE WHOLE WORLD IS AGAINST YOU...SO DEATH IS THE ONLY OPTION?"

 

 

 

FOR MY PARENTS ALWAYS SEEING ME COME HOME UPSET THAT WORRIED THEM COMPLETELY

SO THEY ARRANGED A MEETING WITH THE (SUPPORT UNIT DEPARTMENT) TO FIND OUT WHAT EXACTLY HAPPENED?

THE DEPARTMENT TOLD THEM MY GRADES WERE FAILING FAST AND THAT I WAS CONSIDERED WITH A (LEARNING DISABILITY)

"NOW THE WORD DISABILITY IS A VERY STRONG WORD SO BEING LABELLED SOMETHING LIKE THAT WHEN CLEARY THERE IS NOTHING WRONG WITH ME TO BEGIN WITH YEAH! MY FAMILY WILL LET YOU HAVE IT....SPECIALLY WHEN IT COMES TO MY MOTHER"

 

SHE RIPPED THEIR HEADS OFF SCREAMING AT EACH AND EVERY ONE OF THEM

OF THE FACT KNOWING THAT  LABELLING ME IN THAT BARRIER WILL HAVE A BIG EFFECT ON MY LIFE GROWING UP

(SCHOOL/PEERS AROUND ME)

 

THEY CALMED HER DOWN REPLYING WITH "REYNE CAN LEAVE AND GO BACK TO HIS MAINSTREAM CLASSES WHENEVER HE CHOOSES BUT FROM HOW FAST PACE THE MAINSTREAM LEVEL IS...WELLLL FRANKLY!...HE WILL NOT ACHIEVE HIS HSC AND YOU DO NEED A HSC IF YOU WANT TO FIND A JOB IN LIFE....PLUS IF HE LEAVES THIS SCHOOL AND MOVES TO ANOTHER HE WILL BE IN THE SAME SYSTEM WITHIN ANOTHER SCHOOL...IT'S YOUR CHOICE?"

HEARING THOSE WORDS I DIDNT KNOW WHAT TO THINK? I DIDNT WANT TO BE LABELLED DIFFERENT I WANTED TO HAVE A GREAT TIME IN MY HIGH SCHOOL LIFE BUT ON THE FLIPSIDE I NEEDED MY HSC SO WHEN I'M OUT OF SCHOOL IT WILL BE EASY TO FIND WORK BECAUSE I HAVE THAT CERT BEHIND ME......SO I STAYED

 

DAYS TURNED INTO WEEKS

WEEKS TURNED INTO MONTHS

STILL STUCK IN THE SAME SPIRAL

I WAS LABELLED AS A FREAK...ONLY HAD 2 FRIENDS...NO GIRL WANTED TO DATE ME....I WASNT EVEN INVITED TO THE (HOUSE PARTIES) OR THE (FUN TIMES) PEOPLE LIVE UP TOO IN HIGH SCHOOL

AND IT WAS ALL STEMMING FROM ME BEING IN THIS SSU SYSTEM

"MY HAPPY LIFE WAS FADING AWAY DAY BY DAY"

 

 

 

IT GOT TO THE POINT WHERE I THOUGHT DEATH WAS THE ONLY OPTION/OUTCOME

SO I TRIED TO COMMIT (SUICIDE) ON MULTIPLE ATTEMPTS BUT I WOULD ALWAYS BACK-OUT HALFWAY THROUGH IT FROM JUST THINKING OF THE GUILT /PAIN I KNEW IT WOULD HAVE ON MY FAMILY

"EVEN THOUGH FROM HOW MUCH PAIN I WAS GOING THROUGH I WOULD NEVER WANT THEM TO GO THROUGH 100 TIMES WORSE WITH THE FACT OF LOSING A SON"

 

I REMEMBER SPEAKING WITH MY MUM AND TELLING HER ABOUT MY LIFE (WITH SCHOOL & SOCIAL LIFE) AND THAT I'VE TRIED ENDING IT A FEW TIMES

SEEING MY MUM CRY AND WORRY SO MUCH HURT ME BUT I NEEDED TO TELL HER

SHE TOLD MY DAD AND THEY DECIDED MY BEST BET WAS TO SEE A PSYCHOLOGIST

 

WE HIRED A PSYCHOLOGIST TO COME AND SIT DOWN WITH ME FOR (2DAYS A WEEK) AND JUST TALK

I WOULD SIT IN THE LOUNGE ROOM AND TELL HIM ABOUT CERTAIN EVENTS THAT ARE GOING ON IN THE SSU CLASS OR DURING THE SCHOOL DAYS

"SOMETIMES ALMOST BREAK DOWN WHEN TELLING SOME STORIES"

 

AFTER WE FINISHED EACH SESSION

HE WOULD GO UP AND TALK TO BOTH MY PARENTS AND TELL THEM THE OUTCOME

(UNTIL ONE DAY) HE MADE THE REMARK THAT THIS CLASS COULD ACTUALLY BE GOOD FOR ME...THAT THE SCHOOL MADE THE RIGHT DECISION

"IT WAS MORE DETAILED THEN THAT BUT THAT WAS THE JIST OF IT...I HAVE NEVER SEEN MY DAD GET THAT ENRAGED IN MY LIFE BEFORE UNTIL THAT DAY OCCURRED"

HE ORDERED THE PSYCHOLOGIST TO LEAVE OUR HOUSE.......WE NEVER HEARD FROM HIM AGAIN

 

THE NEXT STEP WAS TO PUT ME ON (ANTI-DEPRESSANT PILLS).....AND IT WAS A FAILURE

 BEIN ON THE PILLS REFUSED ME TOO EAT SO I BECAME (EXTREMELY-THIN) ALMOST TO (DANGER LEVEL-THIN) SO I WAS TAKEN OFF THEM

MY PARENTS TRIED EVERYTHING......NOTHING WORKED

I WOULD (PUNCH HOLES IN WALLS....SCREAM....LASH OUT AT MY FAMILY....CRY...MAKE MY MUM & DAD CRY) BECAUSE OF WHAT THIS SCHOOL SYSTEM HAD PUT ME THROUGH

 

YEAR 8 WAS ALMOST COMING TO A CLOSE

AND MY PARENTS DECIDED TO BUY ME A (120GB IPOD CLASSIC)

"AFTER ALL THESE YEARS I STILL USE IT TO THIS DAY....IT'S MY LIFE SOURCE HAHA....EVERYONE TENDS TO GET UPGRADES BUT I'VE STUCK WITH THE CLASSIC"

THEY THOUGHT BECAUSE IT WAS (THE HYPE...AT THE TIME) THAT THIS (ENTERTAINMENT DEVICE) WOULD/COULD MAKE ME HAPPY AND TAKE ME OUT OF THIS (DEPRESSING WORLD) FLASHING OVER AND OVER

 

SO I FLIPPED OPEN MY LAPTOP BRUSH THE DUST OFF MY CD CASES WHICH WERE FILLED WITH (ALL THE GEMS) OF THOSE (HIP HOP ALBUMS) MY BROTHER & I COLLECTED/LISTEN TO WHEN WE WERE YOUNGER AND PUT THEM ONTO MY (IPOD)

 

AROUND THAT TIME IN THE (EARLY 00S) HIP HOP WAS SKY ROCKETING IT WAS EVERYWHERE

FROM (MTV...VH1...BET...MOVIES...VIDEO GAMES...CLOTHING...MAGAZINES...RING TONES ETC ETC) IT WAS HUGE YOU COULDNT RUN AWAY FROM IT

 

YEAR 8 WAS OVER AND NOW ONTO STARTING YEAR 9

I WOULD ALWAYS LISTEN TO MY IPOD OF ARTISTS SUCH AS (EMINEM...50 CENT...TUPAC...NWA DMX...SNOOP DOGG) THATS JUST A FEW ARTISTS NAMES BUT THE LIST WENT ON AN ON

THEY WERE MY (INSPIRATION/INFLUENCES/VOICE/ATTITUDE )TO FIGHT BACK AND SAY

"DONT TAKE NO SH*** FROM NO ONE..YOU ARE YOUR OWN PERSON F*** THE WORLD AND WHOEVER WANTS TO JUDGE YOU DIFFERENTLY"

 

 

FROM THAT ERA OF HIP HOP BEING EVERYWHERE YOU COULDNT AVOID IT

PLUS LISTENING TO THESE ARTISTS (DAY IN DAY OUT DAILY) I KNEW I HAD TO MAKE A CHANGE I DIDNT WANT TO BE THIS DEPRESSED TEEN ANYMORE...I DIDNT WANT TO COME HOME UPSET ALL THE TIME...PLUS SEEING MY FAMILY UPSET TOO

 I KNEW THIS SCHOOL HAD DONE ME WRONG AND EVERYONE IN MY (YEAR GRADE) WHO SAID THEY WERE THERE FOR ME WERE TRULY FAKE AND TURNED A BLIND EYE

SO I PUT MY (MIDDLE FINGER) TO THE WORLD TO SAY "F*** YOU IM GONNA CHANGE"

 

SO INSTEAD OF DOING MY SCHOOL WORK OR LISTENING TO THE TEACHERS ORDERS

I DECIDED TO (GIVE RAP A SHOT) WITH DROPPING DOWN (SMALL RHYMES IN MY WORKBOOK)

 

"I RECALL ONE OF MY FIRST EVER RAPS THAT I WROTE WAS SOMETHING ABOUT (BARBIE & KEN) BUT IT WAS LIKE A (METAPHOR)

BARBIE WAS MEANT TO BE RESEMBLING THE GIRLS IN MY YEAR GRADE ALL (GIRLIE AND FABULOUS)

AND I WAS (KEN)....BUT I MADE IT HAVE A (PSYCHO TWIST) TO IT

ABOUT KEN CUTTING OFF BARBIES HEAD

"I TRIED TO DO MY OWN WEIRD TWIST ON SOMETHING TO GET MY AGGRESSION OUT BECAUSE I SEEN HOW (EMINEM) USE TO ALWAYS DO IT WITH HIS WIFE (KIM) HUNDREDS OF TIMES THROUGH-OUT HIS MULTIPLE ALBUMS

BUT MINE JUST CAME ACROSS WAY TO (CORNY) SO I SCRUNCHED IT UP AND THREW IT AWAY"

 

WHILE I WAS DROPPIN DOWN MY RHYMES IN MY BOOK

I KNEW IF I WANTED TO PROGRESS THEN I WOULD HAVE TO WRITE (FULL LYRIC SONGS) AND FIND A STUDIO THAT WOULD BE ABLE TO RECORD THEM?

 

AROUND THAT TIME I GOT MYSELF SOME (WORK EXPERIENCE) AT AN ENTERTAINMENT/TECHNOLOGY STORE (DICK SMITH POWERHOUSE) THAT WAS SITUATED IN OUR LOCAL SHOPPING MALL (ERINA FAIR) "ITS CLOSED DOWN NOW"

ONE DAY ON MY LUNCH BREAK I WAS SCROLLING THROUGH A MAGAZINE CALLED (DRUM MEDIA MAGAZINE AUSTRALIA) AND FOUND A STUDIO IN SYDNEY CALLED (SCHOLLUM CITY RECORDS) A FEW DAYS LATER I CONTACTED THE PRODUCER WHO RAN THE STUDIO "GLENN SCHOLLUM" AND TOLD HIM THAT IM LOOKING FOR STUDIO TIME....HOW MUCH?

 

OVER THE ESTIMATE OF (3YEARS)

GLENN & I (PRODUCED/RECORDED/MIX/MASTERED) MY FIRST 15-TRACK ALBUM "RIDE OR DIE"

"BUT TO COMPLETE IT WITH THINGS SUCH AS FINDING ART WORK AND MAKING HARD COPIES OF THE ALBUM THAT TOOK ANOTHER YEAR.......THE ALBUM WAS RELEASED IN (2010) WHEN I WAS OUT OF HIGH SCHOOL.....I FINISHED IN 2009"

 

(LETS REWIND FOR A SEC)

SO THROUGH-OUT YEAR 9 UP TO MY (FINAL YEAR 12 DAY)

IT WAS THE SAME OLD SH** DAY IN DAY OUT IN THAT CLASS..ALSO IN MY SCHOOL LIFE ASWELL

BUT NOW THROUGH HIP-HOP BEIN WHAT I WANTED TO DO...IT (TRANSFORMED ME) INTO A WHOLE DIFF PERSON SUCH AS (PERSONALITY/APPEARANCE/ATTITIUDE)

"I WASNT THAT SHY KID ANYMORE I WAS A TEENAGER WHO HAD AN ATTITIDE AGAINST THE WORLD"

 

SECOND LAST DAY OF HIGH SCHOOL (YEAR 12 MUCK UP DAY)

YEAR 12 MUCK UP DAY IS A DAY AT SCHOOL WHERE THE YEAR 12'S CELEBRATE LEAVING SCHOOL AND MUCK IT ALL UP "TO AN EXTENT OFC" AND HAVE A BIG CELEBRATION PERFORMANCE AT THE END OF THE DAY FOR THE OTHER YEAR GRADES (11, 10, 9, 8, 7)

 

 

MY FIRST EVER PERFORMANCE...TO GET UP ON THE MIC FOR (THE FIRST TIME) WAS AT THIS CELEBRATION

I'LL NEVER FORGET BEING BEHIND THE STAGE LOOKING OUT THROUGH THE CURTAINS AND SEEING (EVERY SINGLE STUDENT AT MY SCHOOL) THERE...I ALMOST FREAKED OUT FROM FEAR

BESIDE ME WAS A SCHOOL FRIEND OF MINE "JOSH FRASER" WHO DECIDED TO BE (BACKING VOCALS/HYPE MAN) FOR THIS END OF YEAR PERFORMANCE

THE BOTH OF US WENT OUT ONSTAGE INFRONT OF (THE WHOLE SCHOOL CROWD) AND PERFORMED MY TRACK "KEEP ON RAPPING" WHICH IS THE (3RD TRACK) ON "RIDE OR DIE"

 

THROUGH-OUT THE CHORUS

EVERYONE WAS WAVING THEIR HANDS (SIDE-TO-SIDE) AND WHEN THE TRACK ENDED EVERYONE BEGAN SCREAMING (ONCORE ONCORE......CHEERING /CHATTING)

JOSH & I WALKED BEHIND THE CURTAIN/OFF STAGE AND NOTHING BUT (HIGH/ADRENALINE) WAS SEEKING THROUGH OUR VAINS

 

HIGH SCHOOL WAS (FINALLY OVER)

THE TORMENT AND HELLISH ENVIRONMENT FROM BEING IN THAT SYSTEM FINALLY CAME TO A CLOSE

IT WAS SUCH A BREATH OF FRESH AIR THAT I KNEW I WOULDNT HAVE TO STEP FOOT IN THAT PLACE AGAIN OR SEE THE PEOPLE IN IT

I WALKED AWAY A (CHANGED HUMAN) FROM (FINDING/ADAPTING) MYSELF TO THE (CULTURE/ELEMENTS OF HIP HOP)

 

2010 TO 2012

I BEGAN PERFORMING AT ANY GIGS THAT I COULD POSSIBLY FIND

WHETHER IT BE (YOUTH CENTRE GIGS) TO AS LITTLE AS A SIMPLE (PUB/BAR GIG) I JUST WANTED PEOPLE TO HEAR THE NAME (MUGZY)

"I WOULD TRY GET MYSELF ON ANYTHING I POSSIBLY COULD"

GIGS, RADIO, BUILDING FANS ETC ETC

 

THEN AROUND 2012 I CAME ACROSS A STREET FLYER FOR A TALENT SHOW CALLED (URBANSTAR) WHICH WAS CATERED TOWARDS (HIP HOP & RNB ARTISTS)

ON THE FLYER IT HAD A PICTURE OF (CHRIS BROWN) WITH A PROMO MSG

"URBANSTAR BECOME THE NEXT HIP HOP/RNB SUPERSTAR"

I HIT THEM UP ON FACEBOOK TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THIS EVENT

THEY TOLD ME ITS A TALENT COMPETITION OF (30ACTS, 3JUDGES)WHO SCORE EACH ACT OUT OF (10) ON THE NIGHT...AND ONE OF THE JUDGES WILL BE

(SONY/DEF JAM PRODUCER MARCUS PERNELL (RIP) )

"WHEN I HEARD THE WORDS (DEF JAM) I KNEW I HAD TO PERFORM AT THIS EVENT"

 

WEEKS LEADING UP TO THE EVENT I WOULD PRACTICE COUNTLESS AMOUNT OF TIMES IN MY ROOM

I'D PRETEND THERE WAS A CROWD INFRONT OF ME AND TRY BETTER MY (STAGE SKILLS)

WHETHER IT BE THE WAY I (MOVE MY HANDS...HYPE THE CROWD...MY STAGE MOVEMENT ETC ETC)

BECAUSE I KNEW I HAD TO MAKE THIS THE (PERFORMANCE OF MY LIFE) JUST KNOWING THAT A (DEF JAM REP) IS GONNA BE WATCHING MY EVERY MOVE

 

ON THE NIGHT

THERE WERE 30 CONTESTANTS...INCLUDING MYSELF

 "I WAS ONE OF THE LAST ONES TO GO ON STAGE...SO I HAD TO SIT/WATCH EVERY OTHER ACT DO THEIR THING AND EACH/EVERY SINGLE ONE THAT WENT UP DONE A (COVER SONG) I WAS THE ONLY ONE WITH (ORIGINAL MATERIAL)"

 

"I PERFORMED (KEEP ON RAPPING) AND GAVE THAT PERFORMANCE MY (100%) ALL"

THE CROWD ATE IT UP COMPLETELY THEY WERE SINGING ALONG TO THE CHORUS EACH BIT OF THE WAY

TWO OF THE JUDGES SCORED ME WITH A 0 BUT ON THE END OF THE TABLE MARCUS GAVE ME A 10/10 THE CROWD WENT WILD AND IT COMPLETELY BLEW MY MIND JUST KNOWING THE FACT SOMEONE LIKE HIM WHO IS THAT (HIGH UP IN THE INDUSTRY) WHO HAS PROBS WORKED WITH ARTISTS I (INSPIRE) TO BE LIKE SOMEDAY ENJOYED MY PERFORMANCE AND IS GIVING ME A 10/10

"I WAS SPEECHLESS"

 

AFTER THE EVENT WE HAD A BIT OF A CHAT ABOUT (MY CAREER...WHAT GOT ME INTO HIP HOP & WHAT I THINK ABOUT THE CURRENT SCENE....WHY I WANT TO MAKE IT...AND WHO HIS PRODUCED FOR ETC ETC)

HE GAVE ME HIS CARD THEN SAID TO ME "YOU GOT SOCIAL MEDIA? HIT ME UP ON FACEBOOK ALSO SEND ME SOME OF YA MATERIAL AND ILL TRY GET MY GUYS IN THE STATES TO CHECK YOU OUT HAVE A GOOD NIGHT MAN"

 

FEW MONTHS LATER AFTER THE (URBANSTAR EVENT)

 I RECEIVED A FACEBOOK MSG FROM MARCUS ASKING IF ID LIKE TO MEET UP WITH HIM IN THE (SYDNEY CBD) AT A LOCAL (CHINESE RESTAURANT) HE ALWAYS USE TO EAT AT FOR LUNCH

TO DISCUSS MY CAREER AND DEF JAM

"HEARING THOSE WORDS (LUNCH...CAREER...DEF JAM) I JUMPED AT THE OCCASION ASAP WITH A BIG YES"

 

HEADING DOWN TO THE CBD ON THAT LONG (1HR HALF TRAIN RIDE) I WAS ON THIS (POSITIVE HIGH CLOUD)

HAPPY THOUGHTS CONSTANT RUSHING THROUGH MY HEAD LIKE

"HIS GONNA HAVE THE CONTRACT FOR ME TO SIGN....MY LIFE IS GONNA BE CHANGED FOREVER...EVERYTHING THAT IVE BEEN WORKING SO HARD FOR YEAR AFTER YEAR IS FINALLY GONNA BE PAID OFF ETC ETC"

 

"I ROCK UP TO THE RESTAURANT WHERE WE WERE PLANNING TO MEET UP

AND HE WAS ALREADY (WAITING FOR ME) WHILE EATING SOME (CHINESE DISH)"

WHILE HAVING LUNCH TOGETHER HE (BREAKS DOWN THE MUSIC INDUSTRY) TO ME AND THE (AUSTRALIAN HIP HOP SCENE) AND HOW DEF JAM PROBS WONT BE ABLE TO SIGN ME AT THIS (POINT IN TIME) BECAUSE ITS VERY (MONEY ORIENTATED) NOW THEY DONT TAKE A CHANCE ON ARTISTS ANYMORE

"NOT JUST DEF JAM ALL OF THE INDUSTRY"

ALSO STATING THAT (AUSTRALIA'S SCENE) ISNT BIG ENOUGH YET TO MARKET

"THIS WAS BEFORE IGGY" AND IF I WAS PROBABLY LIVING IN THE STATES I WOULD HAVE MORE OF A CHANCE SORT OF SPEAK

"IT WAS A LONG TALK AND MOST OF IT WAS SUCH A BLUR JUST FROM (SHOCK/DISAPOINTMENT) SO I CANT RECALL ALL OF IT

 

I REMEMBER WE FINISHED UP AND MYSELF WALKING OUT OF THAT LUNCH FEELING SO GUTTED LIKE (MY WORLD WAS FLIPPED UPSIDE DOWN) THINKING SHOULD I CONTINUE DOING MUSIC?....IS THE DREAM EVER GONNA HAPPEN FOR ME NOW?"

 

IT TOOK ME A FEW MONTHS TO (RECOVER) FROM THAT (DOWNFALL)

BECAUSE I NEVER (REALIZED OR OPEN MY EYES) TO SEE HOW (CUT-THROAT) THIS INDUSTRY CAN REALLY BE

 

BEFORE THAT EVENT/LUNCH HAPPENED I WAS ALWAYS IN THE MINDSET OF A (POSITIVE HIGH) LIKE (YOU MAKE YOUR FIRST RELEASE...YOU DO A FEW GIGS INTERVIEWS ETC...AND IF THAT INDUSTRY NAME SPOTS YOU THEN YOUR AUTOMATICLY GONNA BECOME A STAR)

BUT IT DOESNT WORK THAT WAY AT ALL

 

BUT IN THE (FINAL OUTCOME) FROM HAVING THAT (SLAP IN THE FACE/DOWNFALL) ITS MADE ME WORK (100% HARDER) AND ITS MADE ME SEE THE (REALITY OF THIS INDUSTRY) OF THINGS TO WATCH OUT FOR WHEN IT COMES TO LABELS

SO I GUESS YOU CAN SAY I HAVE A CLEARER MIND NOW

 

"AND NOW FROM HAVING THIS MINDSET ITS MADE ME ACHIEVE THOSE INCREDIBLE ACHIEVEMENTS I'VE LISTED ABOVE THIS STORY ^^^"

 

"IF I DIDNT (FIND/EMBRACE) MYSELF WITHIN THE (CULTURE OF HIP HOP) AND BRING IT INTO MY LIFE TO CHANGE WHO I AM....THEN I DONT KNOW WHERE I WOULD OF ENDED UP TODAY

IM THANKFUL THAT I FOUND IT..I LIVE & BREATHE THIS CULTURE 100%.......HIP HOP SAVED MY LIFE"

 

 

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