T-Dub rapping to warn of life ruined by drugs, gangs
TONY Woodrow has seen the dark side of life.
He's been involved in the drug scene, attacked by gang members and even faced court accused of threatening to kill someone.
But the man better known as YouTube hip-hop star T-Dub says he is determined to break away from his dark past and stop young people from following the destructive path of drug-taking.
"I've watched a lot of my mates that I've known my whole go downhill and throw their lives away," T-Dub said.
"Kids think it's cool to do but what they don't know is that you're addicted from the first time you try it."
His warnings are based on personal knowledge.
Now living in Pomona after fleeing the Gympie gang scene, T-Dub has a long criminal history and spent time in prison.
In 2013 he was found not guilty of threatening to kill a man, infamously saying he was "surprised" and would recommend Magistrate Bernadette Callaghan to his friends.
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He credits his transformation from drug-taking gang member to prophet of salvation on the power of music.
T-Dub fled Gympie to avoid the drug scene and protect his young family.
He claims his self-imposed exile saw his former gang mates - by then hooked on crack cocaine - invade his home and bash a friend.
"They became vicious, it was all about money and the next hit," he said.
He said the drug problem had spread to small regional towns across the Sunshine Coast.
Addressing the well-publicised "ice epidemic" was only scratching the surface as home-made crack cocaine was making inroads.
"The sad thing is that I've witnessed people who are reasonably well off throwing their life away," T-Dub said.
T-Dub now makes regular visits to Blue Light Discos and skate parks, preaching the horrors of drugs and supplying kids with ice-cream and cheeseburgers through a program called Sunshine Coast Freebies.
But he said his message could only reach a limited number of people because his record label refused to allow him to rap against drugs.
"It's a touchy issue with my record label," he said.
NATIONAL ICE USE
- 7% of Australians aged 14 and over have used methamphetamines
- 2.1% of Australians aged 14 have used methamphetamines in the past 12 months
- 2.9% of 12-17 year olds have tried amphetamines
Long term effects of methamphetamines:
- Anxiety, paranoia, violence, depression, heart and kidney problems, increased risk of stroke
- Extreme weight loss
- Restless sleep
Source: druginfo.adf. org.au