When I was young I remember my Mum telling me "If you ever get in trouble do not call here, you were raised better than that"....... when I got arrested on my Earthstrong in 2002 I didn't call them, I knew better and the only way they found out was by the amount of spam letters from lawyers, needless to say I didn't call them.
When my ex wife physically assaulted me on the night that changed everything, my mum and pops were the first people I called, especially when she said she was going to call the cops and tell them that I was trying to beat her up, I called my sister Kris and my parents so that they could be witness to what was going on.
I remember my mum and pops pleading with her to calm down but at that time she was going to take a baseball bat to my car if I didn't leave and then tell the cops some shit like I provoked her.
The marriage never recovered after that night.
For a few months I crashed houses, couched surfed and even slept in my car till I could make sense of it all, while paying a mortgage 2 car notes and working two jobs and furthermore not seeing my kids.
One day at work running on 2 hrs sleep, my mum called me and said "where are you sleeping?" I made a bunch of excuses and she just told me come to the house and get some sleep.
I was heartbroken, embarrassed and destitute but I had to put my pride and ego aside to slowly get my shit in order, now if you know Jamaican parents and Jamaican households, you know there are pictures everywhere of everything, for years I would see pics of my kids, my ex wife and family portraits but I never told my parents to remove them ..... it was my fuel, it was my fuel to get better and transmute the situation I was in and through it all my parents never waived in their love for INI, they gave me a bed to sleep in, they gave me $500 for a lawyer, mum would make vegan food for me and Dad and I would talk records into the early morning.... as I said before, I have had a volatile relationship with my folks and even telling them I was moving to LA was very deep because they have seen me rock bottom and they never want to see me like that again. I promise.... it won't
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