In 2008, I took a leap of faith and transitioned out of the dope game and into college… For the past 3 years prior to that, I had been in and out of jail for common charges among young Black males growing up in St. Louis, charges like: stealing cars, possession of drugs, and carrying weapons.
I wouldn’t say that I was a bad kid, but I know for sure that I made a lot of bad choices…
While growing up in the hood and learning how to survive, I grew numb to the conditions that normal people fear. Things like the killing, drive-by shootings, robberies, selling dope, gang banging over sets, and going in and out of jail all came with that life.
And I was in deep… But for me, I always had a vision that I would do great things and be the one that people looked up to. I just had to find myself. So after hitting rock bottom with less than a $100 to my name, I thought I’d try something new like letting go of some of the people, places, and habits that I felt was holding me back from my blessings.
Fast forward to today, I made it out the hood and I’m living life.
I’ve been blessed to be able to accomplish goals like:
- graduating from college (Associate’s degree in Business Management)
- writing a book (My Life Brazy: The Untold Story)
- starting my own business (7 Star Dreams, LLC)
- getting married and having kids
- working at a major radio station
- staying in touch with the streets and motivating the thugs
- so on and so on
I grew up listening to Master P, 2Pac, and Lil Boosie, so music always had that influence on me–which made me want to start rapping. Just like them, I made music to reflect what I was going through and the things I’ve seen around me.
I be so busy nowadays, that I don’t even have time to make music, but somehow I managed to put together my 1st professional 9-track album titled ‘My Life Brazy.’ It’s a reflection of not only that struggle, but also that success…
If you’d like to hear the most recent milestone of that journey, click here to listen to my debut album, ‘My Life Brazy’.
-Farlin Ave (@farlinave)
Author: Farlin Ave
Naheem “Farlin Ave” Houston is a musician and founder of 7 Star Dreams. When not busy being an entrepreneur, he works as an entertainment news journalist for the mainstream Hip Hop station 97.9 The Beat in Dallas, TX.