West Coast hip hop artist Cityreal has a whole lot of experience he wants to pass on. After several years on the road, supporting such acts as Ghostface Killah, Ice Cube, K'naan, Tech N9ne, Swollen Members and Three 6 Mafia, the Vancouver rapper took some time off in 2014 to become the primary caregiver to his mother who had breast cancer.
Sadly, she died in December of 2015. During that time, Cityreal, whose birth name is Remi Huot, had time to reflect and correct, having suffered from bouts of depression and periods of drug abuse for years.
His latest single, “Grow Op,” is about growing up, not growing pot. The follow-up, “Here for You,” due out before the end of the year, features singer and cancer survivor Bif Naked and proceeds will go to BC Cancer.
Cityreal talked to Samaritanmag about overcoming addiction, taking care of his mother, his view on safe injection sites, doing motivational talks and his other plans.
Read the full Q&A here.