Growing up against the backdrop of an impoverished Chicago ghetto, Jamal’s need to break out become paramount when he reached the early age of 16. A troubled family, adoption, bulling and homelessness were all factors that led Jamal down a raw path as an “urban refugee”, sleeping rough and initially taking refuge in peripheral house clubs on the outskirts of Chicago just for warmth in winter.
Yet this is not a story of anguish and grief but an incredible narrative of hope, as Hieroglyphic Being committed himself to escape everything through his surrogate family of music. House became his home, clubs become his friends and a survivor began to thrive.
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