- Narrated by: Spanian, Amos Phillips
- Length: 6 hrs and 43 mins
- Release date: 12-01-21
Spanian AudioBook Summary
Featuring exclusive bonus yarns from Spanian.
Viral hip-hop star Spanian was in a vicious vortex of crime, violence, incarceration and drug addiction and heading for total annihilation when the artist within emerged, not just giving his life new meaning and purpose, but damn well saving it.
By the time he was 12, Spanian knew he would follow his family’s footsteps to become a career criminal. What followed was a decade-long string of brazen crimes and brutal violence: stabbings, ram-raids, drug runs and a notorious high school siege. Throughout the Sydney social housing enclaves of Redfern, Waterloo and Woolloomooloo, Spanian earned a reputation as one of the city’s most flagrant crooks; armed with a boxcutter in one hand and a syringe in the other.
But it all came at a damning price: in the throes of heroin addiction and 13 years wasted behind bars, Spanian became a longstanding resident of jails across New South Wales. There, he was embroiled in racial divisions, prison politics and a vicious vortex of self-destruction, until music and books became an unlikely lifeline. Reading and rapping became new rituals and a glistening light at the end of the tunnel. Released from Bathurst Correctional Centre in 2017 with newfound purpose, Spanian has since found viral fame and a sprawling, worldwide audience through hip-hop and his magnetic social media presence.