Born the fifteenth and youngest of a large family in Camden, New Jersey. Poverty, unemployment, drugs and violence were the realities of life in this desperately struggling, slowly decaying city. He wasn’t violent. He didn’t see himself as a victim. This was just how things were. After becoming addicted to heroin, a drug deal went wrong. He grabbed a gun and started shooting. One of the bullets took the life of his close childhood friend, who was an innocent bystander. He fled to New York City. To elude the police he donned women's clothing, but he knew he had to come home and face what he'd done. He turned himself in. He was sentenced twenty-five to life. While incarcerated, the work he did to teach youngsters to never follow in his footsteps led to him becoming a Grammy-nominated global superstar at the birth of hip hop.