T.O. rapper, others dedicate new CD to their slain friend
Drex Inkredible just wants something good to come out of an awful mess.
That’s why the 26-year-old Toronto rapper and four of his friends recorded The Rawluck Movement, a disc dedicated to Donnie Rawluck, a friend who was killed in a September 2005 gun battle. One hundred per cent of the first 10,000 CDs sold go to an education fund for Rawluck’s son Kadin, now 5.
“We were good friends. We hung out at least a couple of times a week,” Drex says in an interview at the Remix Project, a recording studio and downtown drop-in centre he co-directs for troubled youths. “He would listen to us record at the studio. He was an honest guy, a really hard worker and a good father ... We felt we had to do something positive from the situation. It was a way for us to create and give.”
On the night in question that ultimately led to the recording, Rawluck was giving his friend Matthew Scott — who claimed he was too drunk to drive — a ride to Rexdale to run an errand. It turned out Scott wasn’t drunk at all: He was going to buy guns and needed the unaware Rawluck, a kickboxer, for protection. But Scott was about to be the victim of a dupe himself.
Two gunmen ambushed Scott and Rawluck after he parked the car. Scott had a gun and shot dead the men who planned to rob him of the $8,000 buy money. One of the men shot Rawluck in the back of the head before he himself was killed.
Scott is currently serving an eight-year prison term in Kingston for weapons charges, reduced from two counts of second-degree murder because he fired in self-defence.
Despite the incident, Drex says he doesn’t harbour any grudges towards Scott.
“It wasn’t his intention (Scott’s) for that to happen,” he says.
“You could get upset at the situation, but the bottom line is there’s nothing you can do about it now. You can’t reverse it. I’m not going to hold a grudge on my friend who also went through so much that night. He’s in jail. And he’s not coming out for a long time.”
The Rawluck Movement talks about Toronto “The Not So Good,” and not in a glamourous way.
The disc paints a picture of grim streets beyond the bright lights of Queen Street West, ravaged by crime and crying out for help.
“We wanted to get our emotions out and our pain out about the situation and also talk about all the crime and the violence in this city,” Drex says. “We don’t want to make happy, everything’s OK stuff. We want to make music that will create change. We want to come off about how it really is.”