t.h.e. MisFit Crazy8 has often been labeled as unconventional and even "insane" for his socially conscious, occasionally sarcastic brand of hip-hop. Some have also criticized his direct contributions to the homeless in Houston. The altruistic rapper is attempting to help "redefine insanity" by hosting an album release and charity event at The Mink on Thursday, April 21.
"My lyrics will always attempt to redefine what the listener may believe. Many rappers talk about money, cars, and chains. If a rapper doesn't fit that mold then they come off as weird, different, or crazy," Crazy8 says. "That is the basic idea behind the movement. It is taking an idea that society believes, and not being afraid to question or oppose it."
Crazy8's album, State of Emergency, was inspired by the lack of opportunities and support that many youth are facing today. Keeping with the theme of the album, the rapper is donating 30% of his album sales to a local Covenant House down the street from his residence.
"I am always trying to help people less fortunate than me and I try to lead by example," he said. "If I have to be the first one to do something, then so be it. I want people to look at me and feel inspired to do the same."
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A few months ago, when both work and school were shut down because Houstonians couldn't seem to function in freezing temperatures, Crazy8 personally delivered blankets to the homeless.
"Everyday people down the street in my own community are in need of food, shelter, and sometimes just a little conversation," he explains. "Those are the people I feel compelled to help the most."
Crazy8's charitable nature may have come from his small-town upbringing, where his tight-knit neighborhood encouraged him to be more philanthropic. Since moving to Houston in 2007, he has tried to use his moral compass to the best of his ability in a city over ten times the size of his hometown.
"When people look back on my life, I do not want people to simply judge me on my music, but also my day-to-day attitude towards life and others. I hope that it inspires and motivates people to reach their own full potential."