Augusta man, former addict, finds new drug in rap

Posted Oct. 24, 2013, at 2:59 p.m.
Garrett Brown (left) listens to Paul Fazzi rap a song that he wrote while performing for him in Bangor. Fazzi says he uses his life experiences and struggle with addiction for musical inspiration.
Garrett Brown (left) listens to Paul Fazzi rap a song that he wrote while performing for him in Bangor. Fazzi says he uses his life experiences and struggle with addiction for musical inspiration. Buy Photo
Paul Fazzi raps a song that he wrote in Bangor. Fazzi, a Maine resident, says he uses his life experiences and struggle with addiction for musical inspiration.
Paul Fazzi raps a song that he wrote in Bangor. Fazzi, a Maine resident, says he uses his life experiences and struggle with addiction for musical inspiration. Buy Photo
Paul Fazzi raps a song that he wrote in Bangor. Fazzi, a Maine resident, says he uses his life experiences and struggle with addiction for musical inspiration.
Paul Fazzi raps a song that he wrote in Bangor. Fazzi, a Maine resident, says he uses his life experiences and struggle with addiction for musical inspiration. Buy Photo

Paul Fazzi, 21, of Augusta started rapping when he was 9. “I’m still never givin’ up on my dreams. I’m a feen for this music like I need it to breathe,” he raps in his original “Don’t worry.”

Fazzi doesn’t like talking about his past, which has involved jail and drugs. He has been clean more than eight months. He’s working odd jobs, looking for something steady. It’s the writing and rapping that keep him going.

The addiction will always be with him, he said. He fights it every day. The music is the out.

He may be reached at fazzi.paul@yahoo.com.

 

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