Location: Belair Road
"I was good in basketball. I went out for Lake Clifton's team. When I was in 10th grade I made varsity. I was playing with the big boys. I was on the playground one time and I told a guy to hold my soda while i played a game. Then I drank it man and i was gone. They had to rush me to Johns Hopkins. I was poisoned, man. I was done, man. I couldn't think. Couldn't talk. I didn't know where i was. I'm coming back around, though. I'm getting back around to be able to do stuff. I'm in a rehabilitation center. They never told me what it actually was. I'm glad they never did though because, to be honest, if they told me I was poisoned, I would've went back around there and killed him."
Location: Northeast Baltimore
"First thing I do when I get home from school is my homework! I like it 'cause I'm smart! But I want to be a basketball player when i grow up."
Keem Griffey: (laughs out loud) I think you can do that.
"I know I can."
Location: Herring Run Park
"The happiest moment of my life is repetitive. When I'm making music, it's nothing I'd rather be doing. True freedom, I can do what I want. Say what I want. All that. And that's the whole point of any form of art to me: a source of happiness and escape. A lot of people don't understand that. So many people pick up a microphone or a camera for financial gain. If I never make a dime from this shit, I'll have over 200 songs I can play when I'm 60-years-old and smile hard as shit. And even if only one person listened to the stories I've told thru JustUs' music, that makes me happy."
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