In today’s world we are often defined by our past and how we overcome obstacles placed in front of our paths. Although some may succumb to their inner demons and battles, well, others have the will to tear down the walls of their previous troubles and turn their melancholic tales into success stories. It is a story we’ve become so accustomed to, and have seen from time and time again, as we all root for the underdog in these instances.
Make no question about it, it is this same will, a triumph over the years of hardships that may still leave an unsettled taste in our mouths despite the mounts of glorious achievements along the way, but what is quite known, is that we will forever remain grateful for who we’ve become after these raging conflicts. Seattle, by all means, isn’t a cookie-cutter city as presented to us through the media. Similar to several big-name cities, Seattle also has a dark and grim underworld that has been plagued with the influx of gangbangers and hard-core drugs, whereas it’s been dubbed as “Junkie-town.” Yes, it is the very place which rocked the core of Grammy award winning rapper Macklemore, who kicked his old habits for a microphone and a stage and, well, the rest is Seattle history.
Another artist making noise out of the area is 300 Entertainment rapper (an imprint started by record exec Lyor Cohen, Kevin Liles and Todd Moscowitz) Raz Simone, a Seattle native, who not only was the first artist to team up alongside Cohen’s newest label venture, but was also a product of the low-spirited realm, for which Seattle has aligned itself over the years. Simone, a genuinely whole-hearted emcee, who leaves his heart on his sleeve, poured his soul into his poignant tune “Kids Throw Rocks,” a cut that focuses on the gripping lyrics surrounding a horrifying rape, which as Simone pointed was about his [absent] father and mom.
On his father raping his mother:
“That was my dad and my mom. My mom was a virgin. So that's what happened. They were friends for a little bit and then, you know, that was that.”
On his father’s absence from his life:
Luckily it didn't never hurt me. Just going back and thinking about that, it hurts just thinking about my mom. But growing up not having a dad — or not having him around or even knowing the story, didn't hurt me. It was something that I understood. I appreciated that my mom was so open with me since I was like two, three. She told it to me straight since I remember. Everything, it was cool, because my mom didn't have any anger behind it and I think that's really where it was at and I didn't feel like I needed him around, so I wasn't one of those kids sitting there every Father's Day like, 'Where's my dad?'" Simone said. "It's a harder plight for someone who had a dad and losses them when they're like 12. It was fine. It was cool and I had already forgiven him because my mom had forgiven him, so it was cool."
Furthermore, as all kids who’ve undergone tragic events such as these, in which have a profound effect on them, Simone, is a winner in the eyes of many. Today, he’s letting the world into his mind on the latest effort, Cognitive Dissonance: Part One, which introduces listeners to his personal and vivid struggles growing up in the Emerald City.