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Monday, 26 December 2022


It’s been almost 14 years since I first learned about the enigma that is Lush One. When I first found the battle rap scene via Grind Time Now, he had already carved his place in history as a pioneer in the scene. Known for his charismatic introductions, vivacious bar reactions, and drippy attire, Lush One continues to be one of the best hosts to ever hold a battle together. Thanks to Hunnypot, I’ve had the opportunity to cover some of the events he’s been directly involved with. Check out my photos/reviews of Ruin Your Day’s Ruin Your Show here, Rap Off’s Rap Off Live LA Event here, and GTX’s The Prelude here.

Over the years, Lush has booked some of the most exhilarating battles and has thrown events in conjunction with some of the most elite artists in the world, but it’s all come at a price. That price was his battle with addiction. Throughout his career, the man’s been through it all: the ups, the downs, the lefts, the rights, the truths, the lies, the friendships made, and the hearts broken. 

Now 2 years and 9+ months sober, Lush One lives to tell the story. “Ski Lift” is a metaphorical and visual tale of a dysfunctional life playing in the snow. Over an eerie Chase Moore produced beat, Lush raps “Cocaine on the glass / I’m a sniffer / I’m looking at the man in the mirror”. He reflects on his bad decisions but yearns to be free at least. While having a disquieting undertone throughout the song, moments of hope shine through.

Lush One is a testament to that, which is what makes this video so powerful. His story of overcoming addiction serves as an inspiration to all of us. After facing his demons, he’s brought a battle league back to California (salute GTX Battles), is now a permanent fixture on the No Jumper podcast, and is blessing us with another project, Horacio’s Ski Resort. On the day he dropped this video, Lush One turned 41. He posted on his Instagram that there was a point in life where he didn’t think he would make it past 18, let alone 25. Well, here’s to 41, Lush! Keep up the great work. We’re stayin’ tuned for Horacio’s Ski Resort.

Written by  Kris Kuganathan
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