I love knowing the back stories of lyrics from songs. For example, Sympathy for the Devil by the Rolling Stones was written in one night after Mick Jagger read the Russian play The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov. An excellent book to read given the time we are in.
I heard the song Million Bucks by Maino and I was intrigued. As I investigated his life, I was filled with hope that any of us can become anything we choose. It just might look different. Sometimes your start is rough and sometimes you have to go down to get back up.
Maino’s back story speaks to me because he took what he was given and after falling apart, he made the most of it, accepted that he would have gone down the wrong road if he had continued on the path he was on.
He was born Jermaine Coleman in Brooklyn, New York. He grew up in the borough’s Bedford-Stuyvesant section in a household with two drug-addicted parents. Lacking parental guidance, Coleman kept to the streets and involved himself in petty crime, which landed him in prison in the early ‘90s. From wikipedia - By the early 1990s, Maino found himself in the middle of a “drug related kidnapping,” that led to a 5-to-15 years prison sentence:
“We didn’t really know what we were doing,” he recalls. “We had a great idea, I guess, but we wound up getting caught.”
During his decade-long prison term, Maino began rapping as a result of boredom: “I’d be in the box for twenty-three hours a day, I just started rapping as something to do. I feel like hip hop kept me alive.”
That is not the ideal childhood. No one prays for their kid to end up on drugs or get involved with a kidnapping. But if you are there, what do you do? As long as there is breath, there is hope. Maybe that comes from the inside, maybe from a caring teacher, or maybe from a song?
Regardless, it says to me that if a guy can spend 23 hours of a day in a box, we can surely find a way to be inspired, inspire someone else, or focus on our dreams.
Here are a few of my favorite lyrics from his song. - I think I might give away a million bucks
I think I might give away a brand new truck
‘Cause I feel good, yeah I feel good, ‘cause I feel good
...Good Lord, look what a beautiful day
My enemies ain’t here, they gone away
I feel good, everythin’ is okay
I feel like givin’ all my money away.
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