Local Anti-Violence Rapper A Hit With New Album
While most rappers use the N-word and focus on the violence of the streets, one local man is attempting to go the other way - using rap to urge teens to turn away from violence and get a good education.
CEO, the lead for a group called "The Rhyte Hitters," has released his new album, appropriately entitled, "Stop The War."
While "True" staunchly refused to talk about his real name or his background, except to say that he is now a steelworker, his music does indeed warn teens of the violence of the streets and tries to turn them, instead, to education and a good job.
One song on the album, "You're Headed for Self-Destruction," warns of allowing your friends to make your decisions. "The songs are all about staying alive on Rockaway's streets," True said this week.
While there is some cursing on the album, True says that the songs have to "be realistic" for teens to buy into the message. "This is about what happened in my life," he says. "It's about what's happening on the streets."
"Stop The War" is now available for $5 at several locations, including JMB Discount, at 87-18 Rockaway Beach Boulevard and S&A at 86-10 Rockaway Beach Boulevard, both in the Hammels section of Rockaway.