Remember the urban legend of the boy next door that played records all day, and at night kept the neighborhood up with songs of his own? He left home one day and was never heard from again. You heard he moved to the big city, lived in cheap motels, ate dollar hamburgers, worked the boulevard with ex-models, thorazine freaks, transvestites, mothers, fathers, drunks, junkies and punk rockers alike. Only, this story is no urban fairytale, it’s the true-life journey of American rapper Mickey Avalon has taken on his path to realize his present day success.
Avalon struggled through many long, lonely, desperate nights under the dizzying city lights but made a personal vow that he would never forget the magic of things he loved the most in this world: his first fix, his first girl, and most importantly the first time he rocked a microphone. Mickey Avalon has done whatever it took to get him to and off Hollywood Blvd and is now inviting everyone into his world.
Mickey Avalon is known to the world as one of the hottest underground American rappers and has become a fan-favorite in part because of his back-story; Avalon’s family upbringing was considered tumultuous. Avalon’s family history starts with paternal grandparents, Holocaust survivors, who endured lasting injuries from their imprisonment at Auschwitz. Avalon grew up in Hollywood, California with his sister. His parents had a hard life and previously abused drugs; his dad was a rock-music-lover heroin addict and his mom a concert ticket and pot dealer, a profession he acquired at age 14. In his late teens, the rapper (born Yeshe Perl) became an Orthodox Jew and tried to be a good teenager. By his early 20s, he had married, had a daughter, shaved his beard and moved to Portland, Oregon, where he turned to prostitution, giving sexually pleasure to fund a raging smack habit. While in Portland, tragedy struck his family: his sister died of a heroin overdose and his father was killed in a car accident by a driver who was under the influence of alcohol.
After the deaths of Avalon’s two family members, he decided to move back to Los Angeles and tried to clean up his act, wanting more out of life. He was befriended by ex-MTV VJ Simon Rex (aka Dirt Nasty) who encouraged Avalon to pursue his passion of Hip-Hop and collaborate with him on some tracks. The two quickly began passing out demos to Hollywood clubs and developed a following among fans of the Los Angeles nightclub scene. Soon after the guerilla promotions tactics, Avalon signed with Interscope Records/Killer Records/MySpace in 2005. After signing the first-ever Interscope/Myspace record deal, Avalon debuted his self-entitled album in 2006, which showcased his unique rhyming style and focused on experiences on the streets, with drugs, and prostitution. He was also a member of the Dyslexic Speedreaders, a rap group which also included rappers Dirt Nasty, Andre Legacy, and Beardo, who all appear in Avalon’s music video, “Fuckin’ ‘Em All”.
In his short time on the music scene, Avalon has collaborated with many artists such as Young Jeezy and Jermaine Dupri for a recent Boost Mobile commercial. Early in Avalon’s music career, he collaborated with the Happy Mondays on their 2007 album Uncle Dysfunktional, providing vocals on the track “Deviants”. In addition, Avalon co-wrote Unwritten Law’s radio hit, “Shoulda Known Better,” and provided vocals for a remix version which has been released on Unwritten Law’s “Best Of” album, The Hit List. Avalon’s songs have been featured in several film and television projects including the 2008 movie “Harold and Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay,” his song “Jane Fonda” was featured briefly in an episode of HBO original series “Entourage,” and his song “My Dick” was featured in the end credit for the HBO original series “Hung.” On the stage, Avalon has opened up for great music artists including Red Hot Chili Peppers and Travis Barker.