2007-07-27 / Community

'True'Raps To End Rockaway Gun Violence

Performs At Family Day At O'Donohue Park
By Howard Schwach

"True" as a young boy growing up in Rocaway. "True" as a young boy growing up in Rocaway. "True," a local rapper and iron worker, wants to get the word out that guns are a bad choice for Rockaway's youth.

Even The Wave does not know "True's" given name, but he has made it clear that rap and hip-hop must take a new direction. He plans to showcase that new direction on Saturday, July 28 when he performs at the Rockaway Family Day Festival at O'Donohue Park on Beach 17 Street and Seagirt Boulevard, beginning at noon.

"True" won't say what run-ins he has had with the law, but he admits to having a checkered background. That is why he wants other local youth to understand the consequences of improper behavior. "You have to give kids something positive to do, something like basketball, boxing," True says. "You have to show them what the gang experience is really like, what it leads to."

His new song, "Staying Alive," which will soon be out on CD, points that out.

"It tells kids to put the guns down, stay in school, stay out of trouble and do something positive with their lives," he says. "I lived in all the 'hoods,' Edgemere, OV, Arverne, and I know what it's like. There's got to be something else. We have to point that out."

As an ironworker on large New York City Construction projects, "True" makes a good living, but he wants to teach Rockaway youth that guns, drugs and gangs are not the answer. As an ironworker on large New York City Construction projects, "True" makes a good living, but he wants to teach Rockaway youth that guns, drugs and gangs are not the answer. His rap song says it all.

"Running like a linebacker to make you hurt.

"Everyday of my life I struggle and work.

"More than a nine-to-five, you cats standing on a corner, slinging rocks and talking jive.

"Have no time for your foolish minds. Everything that I write goes inside my life. I transform anger, get my hustle on, work hard and the right way, so I get paid.

"I thank the Lord for letting me survive in this crazy world. We live to teach the kids from right to wrong and stay positive. Your dreams are important."

"Problems have solutions," True says. "We have to show kids that guns, drugs and gangs are not the solution to the problems they face each day living in Rockaway."

Hopefully, his songs will do just that.

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