We first shared the story of Truth, a young rapper with cerebral palsy, in July 2014. We’re republishing it here as part of our 100 Days, 100 Stories project.
Truth is a 23 year old rapper, songwriter and producer from New Jersey. He moved to the UK at the age of 12. By the age of 14, he had began writing and recording his own music. His debut album is released on 10 August and tells the story of his life not only as a struggling rapper but as a disabled man.
Hi guys, I’m Truth and I have cerebral palsy, however, that isn’t what defines me. There’s more to me than that. I make music and by this I don’t mean I’m in a marching band. My weapon of choice is the microphone and I try to use it to tell stories, to entertain and to evoke emotion. Some of the songs I make can be seen as controversial but that depends on how you listen to them.
The majority of my songs are about what happens to me and people like myself on a daily basis. Things which, in my opinion, seem to be glossed over. Shop and club owners using health and safety law to take away our sense of humanity and equality. People asking how we have sex and people refusing to give us job opportunities.
Young disabled people don’t really have a voice in popular music and society doesn’t really know how to accommodate us. Where do you send a 21 year old that just wants to get out and do something with their life?
Music is my escape. With music there is no barrier. There is only one requirement: can you bring it?
My album entitled ‘Don’t Diss my Ability’ comes out 10 August and will be independently produced and released by myself. I want to ask people to buy it because I think the message needs to be heard and I will use any proceeds from it to fund a UK live music tour where I can really allow society to see things from our perspective.
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