This book unearthed intense moments of his life. Those experiences have inspired the lyrics which are intrinsically woven into his album…”
“My Book of Chrymes” is an autobiographical book that chronicles my abrasive experiences. I write under my real name, Wilfred Kanu Jr. This book unearthed intense moments of my life. Those experiences have inspired the lyrics which are intrinsically woven into the album. “While I’m Still Young – The Talking Drums 1. 2 v.”
It recaps a wild childhood in West Africa where a narrow escape from the 1989 genocide in Kakata, Liberia separated my family for years to come. With a glimpse of hope to someday reunite abroad, I endured incredible hardships. Now caught in a second civil war that knocked down the borders of Sierra Leone in the early 90’s, it spread through the provinces where I roamed aimlessly.
One day, my parents who were now living in New Jersey, USA made a radical intervention that spared me from…”
My initial reaction to the culture shock brought new challenges as I toggled between school, adolescence, church and the streets. My undying love for Hip Hop brought unavoidable persecutions and conflicts with guardians who squandered monthly stipends sent by my parents for my care and that of my siblings.
Ultimately cast into the streets, I learned to hustle. I found solace in reggae playing ghettos. There my involvement with music drew lifelong friendships. They nurtured me in the most unexpected places. One day, my parents, living in New Jersey, USA made a radical intervention. That spared me from the wrath of the latter vendetta of the genocidal civil war.
Turning to the streets of New Jersey for answers taught me new lessons.”
My refugee experiences started in Sierra Leone and continued throughout the tropical paradise of The Gambia and Dakar, Senegal, ending with a long-awaited reunion in New Jersey where racism would soon mimic tribalism. Turning to the streets of New Jersey for answers taught me new lessons. I wrote lyrics with a dream that seemed unattainable until a chance encounter in Canada changed everything.*