“Roll the Dice” – Mickey Avalon
If you’ve ever listened to ANY of Mickey Avalon’s music you’ll know that he is one sick puppy. There’s a reason for that.
Mickey Avalon (born Yeshe Perl; December 3, 1975) is an American rapper from Hollywood, California. Avalon was raised in a non-practicing Jewish family in which his mother worked as a marijuana dealer (which Avalon began doing as well) and his father was a heroin addict. By the time he was out of his teenage years, Avalon had prostituted himself in order to get money to support his heroin addiction. In an attempt to clean up his act, Mickey converted to Orthodox Judaism in his late teens, an effort that didn’t last due to constant family tragedy, such as his father’s death in a tragic drunk driving accident. By his early 20s, Avalon got married, had a daughter, and moved to Portland, Oregon. However, the serene surroundings of the Pacific Northwest couldn’t hide Mickey from his past for long and his drug addled Hollywood lifestyle soon caught up with him in the form of an uncontrollable heroin addiction. As his life neared rock bottom, Mickey found himself broke, divorced, and turning to prostitution, just to support his smack habit. With a desire to once again get his life back on track While battling his drug addiction, Avalon moved in with his sister to aid each other with recovery. During this time, his sister relapsed and died from a heroin overdose.
After all of this Avalon decided he wanted more out of life, and moved to Los Angeles to persue a career in music. While in Los Angeles he was befriended by Dirt Nasty, an ex-MTV dj who encouraged Mickey’s career. At the time Avalon was living in a sober living facility and had a strict curfew, so Dirt Nasty began passing out Mickey’s demo at Hollywood clubs, which helped Mickey develop a following among fans of the Los Angeles nightclub scene. As his following grew Avalon began selling out shows and was soon signed to Interscope records. Shortly thereafter his first album, sef titled Mickey Avalon was released.
“Roll The Dice” was on this album and is a personal favorite. The song showcases Avalon’s unbelievable life experiences and the dark side of life he has seen and returned from very much scathed. I mean look at the guy!
I love this song and the stories it tells, and although the lyrics are a little bit on the disturbing side that only endears him to me more. Stay alive Mickey!