PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – A dark past for a South Philadelphia man evolved into music which has turned his life around. That’s the story behind a documentary being created by Villanova students. And the artist is performing at 7 p.m. on Sunday at Villanova to benefit a South Philadelphia after school music program.
Twenty-two-year-old Julius Wright had a rough time growing up. “I was always running away from home, being abused by my mom, and also my dad some of the times.”
He was arrested for burglary at 13, and armed robbery at 17. But the music was in him.
“I was crushed, I had no beats to make, no engineering, no studio, so what I did was create my own music environment, where I begun beatin’ with my pens, and rappin’ at the same time.”
Yes, Pens. Now Julius Wright is the subject of a documentary by the Center for Social Justice Films at Villanova. Director Mike Mo says Julius’ message is universal.
“Being who you are, no matter where you come from, cliché or not, no matter what color, race, background, religion, it’s really just about the person.”
Reported By Kim Glovas, KYW Newsradio.