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Mickey Avalon | Interview

Mickey Avalon is a rapper from Hollywood, CA. He was raised by his father who had an addiction to heroin and his mother was a weed dealer. In his early 20s, Mickey got married, had a daughter, and relocated to Portland, OR. His drug addiction caused a divorce and he became broke, resorting to prostitution to support the habit. In an attempt to become sober, he moved in with his sister until she relapsed and died from an overdose. Mickey moved back to Los Angeles and befriended Dirt Nasty, who encouraged Mickey to pursue a music career. Dirt was passing out Mickey’s demo at night clubs and they formed a group, Dyslexic Speedreaders, with Andre Legacy and Beardo. In 2004, the Dyslexic Speedreaders released their debut album, Catching Up To Wilt. In 2008, they released the Shoot To Kill Mixtape. Mickey was selling out clubs throughout California and signed to Interscope Records in 2005. He released a self-titled debut album and was touring with Red Hot Chili Peppers, Travis Barker, DJ AM, Snoop Dogg, and more. In 2012, Mickey released his latest album, Loaded, which focuses on his journey through the less glamorous parts of Hollywood.

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