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I spent probably all of 2013 promoting King For A Day. Meanwhile in the background, I was producing, writing and recording what would eventually become Rhyme Therapy Vol. 1: DESTROY (or RTV1 for short). I decided this time around, I thought it would be great to begin tackling things that I have experienced that were holding me back mentally, spiritually and emotionally. In order for me to become the man I wanted to be, I needed to heal completely. So I decided I'd do it in the music.
I realized that my romantic relationships were suffering and I had developed a serious fear of intimacy. Really doing everything in my battle to change, I decided to do some soul searching. Having been a victim of sexual abuse and never dealing with it, as an adult it made me not fully able to enjoy intimate moments. Also realizing that there are many other black men that have experienced sexual abuse and haven't deal with it either, I wanted to be the catalyst for change for my brothers. It doesn't mean that you're weak. It doesn't take away from who you are as a man. It doesn't define you.
I hope that my transparency will inspire many to heal.
released April 30, 2017
Written by The IZM. for Drowning Ophelia Entertainment (Anthony Lawrence Peterson/BMI). Produced, mixed and mastered by UnUsual for The Monster Within (thisisunusual/BMI). Recorded and engineered by Travis Daniels for Trace Studios, Alpharetta, GA and Dave Jackson for Umbrella Coded Music Group, Atlanta, GA.
From the forthcoming album, Rhyme Therapy Vol. 1: DESTROY.