A year and a half ago, Scribbling Idiots hooked up with Sev Statik to begin work on an album. At the time, I had recently lost a dear friend of mine and wanted to dedicate the project to his memory. Eric Place was the first friend I made when I moved from California to Kentucky. He was a recovering alcoholic, devout Christian, husband, father, and musician. He spent the last few months of his life in pain, suffering from fibromyalgia. He had to quit working but the family braved through it until he passed away. Eric always wanted to name a band “Falling Tsar”, thus The Falling Tsar Project was born.
The other day I called Eric’s widow Leslie to update her on the progress of the project and just check in with her. I was shocked when she told me that their eight year-old son Mason was diagnosed with bone cancer. Leslie was recently remarried to a Christian man and long time friend of Eric’s, but he too was forced to quit work to be home with Mason. Leslie must support the family, all the while paying for Mason’s medications and constant trips to the hospital for chemotherapy. In an even more recent phone call, I learned that Leslie is losing her job because the new mayor is shutting down the program in which she works! Her story is beginning to resemble Job’s!
In an attempt to help the family, S.I. and Illect Recordings will be donating all the proceeds from The Falling Tsar Project to help pay for Mason’s medical expenses. We feel like God has given us an opportunity to use hip-hop to really make a difference.
Just think of the difference we as a community can make in this situation! The CD is just a bonus! Ten tracks produced entirely by Scribbling Idiots. Sev, JustMe, Theory Hazit, and Wonder Brown lace their vocals with potent lyrics that touch on socially relevant subjects.
Please help us by sharing this story with as many people as possible and buying multiple copies of The Falling Tsar Project.
released 06 May 2008
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