Bipolar Raps to Recovery inspired by Ice Cube, Eminem, Dr Dre, Snoop Dogg and all other great rappers
By Jason Pegler
Key Themes: raps, poems, bipolar disorder, recovery, empowerment
Amongst Jason’s rap and hip hop influences are Ice T, NWA, De La Soul, PM Dawn, Eminem, Dr Dre, Snoop Doggy Dogg, Ice Cube, Naughty By Nature, Sugar Hill Gang, 2 Pac, Notorious Big. Jason sees rap and hip hop as a potential force for social good.
About the Author
Jason Pegler is known internationally for his work as a social entrepreneur. He was born in 1975. He was diagnosed with manic depression in 1992. This is his sixth book. He is the author of ‘A Can of Madness’, ‘Curing Madness’, ‘The Ultimate Guide To Well Being’ and ‘Mental Health Publishing and Empowerment’. His first three books can be bought together in the trilogy Bipolar, Recovery and NLP.
Jason is the CEO of Chipmunkapublishing. He dedicates his life to empowering people with mental health issues so that they can fulfill their potential and help others.
Why a rap book?
I have always been inspired by music and rap has always been one of my favourite genre’s. When I first heard NWA in 1988 I started to love rap. I liked the testerone pumped music and the wordplay and also the powerful messages you can convey in raps just as you can in stories.
The creativity and word play made me write one or two raps straight away and always made me interested in the music. I wrote a lot of poems/raps in 1992 when I was seventeen. A couple of thousand actually but through them all away when I was manic.
For me rap has always been a kind of empowerment and freedom of expression. I like a lot of rap anthems as well and see rap as a potential force for social good. It is something that can unite people, inspire people and even improve society if social messages come across in the music.
When I was younger I used to be really into Ice Cube and Snoop Doggy Dogg. I had posters of them on my wall at University. I played up to it a bit and lived a life full of booze, women and tended to get into a lot of fights. Over the years rap anthems have really inspired me to mellow out and give me hope.
For example Naughy By Nature’s “Everything’s gonna be All Right” used to really inspire me and chill me out. Also I liked some of the De La Soul stuff (more hip hop I know) and even PM Dawn’s Set Adrift on Memory Bliss.
On my road to recovery Eminem played a big role. I would stand on my chair in my flat in Vauxhall and blast out Eminem learning all the lyrics to his contributions on Dr Dre’s 2001 album and recited the main songs on 8 mile. I always felt Eminem was kind of his head and his lyrics really inspired me when I first started writing and helped me beat depression I think. Even though I was still manic a lot I have always felt that rap has given me a lot of energy and the mindset to want to have my own voice, give a voice to others and even to unite people who are excluded in some way.
I am no Gangster and never have been but I got into some scrapes and rap even now helps me release tension and helps my creativity.
I hope you enjoy the lyrics to my rap albums. My raps are available to buy on the Chipmunka website.
Happy hip hop and rap on.