Tommy2Stix does something nobody else on the scene is doing: he's a self-described “motivational cripple” hip-hop artist, and he's bringing inspiration to the table, as well as his flow.
Cripple Flow, to be specific to his single; but it's flow none the less and we love it. It's clever, it's self-aware, it uses his own struggles to catapult itself into something more than just a song.
You see, Tommy2Stix has central core myopathy, an ultra-rare genetic form of muscular dystrophy that rendered him completely unable to walk for a portion of his life. Like Tomas himself, the video for Cripple Flow is on a whole different level — including his Honda CRV and his flag-cape. It's a sight to behold.
Oh, and he's trying to get into law school. That's why we only know him as Tomas, and Tommy2Stix. The rap game isn't his only feat — he also works hard, studies hard, and is bilingual. He graduated from American University in Washington, D.C.
On the medical side of his life, his spine is held together with steel bars and more than 20 screws. He earned them during a high-risk, experimental surgery he had when he was 15. He's also in a haze of medical marijuana that he smokes from a e-cigarette like a boss.
Here's what he had to say about his influences:
“I liked jazz because so much could be said just in the sound, without really any words even being said. [Then I] got into a shit ton of Kanye, Wu Tang, Mobb Deep, Jay Z and Biggie. I ripped their entire collection and would just listen to them on shuffle or repeat, and my tastes grew from there.”
Now, it's his turn.
Ch-ch-check out Cripple Flow (below)!
[Image via Cripple Flow.]
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