Compton R.E.G. has scraped the bottom of the barrel of depression. For a time, he even lived at the bottom of that barrel. Whereas most might curl up and waste away, Compton found determination. “I write to express my pain,” said Compton R.E.G. “Depression made me isolate myself. I put pain on paper. I laugh to keep from crying. But I have something to say about pain. I’m glad I have an opportunity to do so. It gives me a breath of fresh air.”
Following the death of his daughter, Compton R.E.G. saw little reason to continue living. “There’s not a day that goes by that I don’t think about it,” he admitted. “I just went to LA to visit my grandmother. I went to visit my daughter’s grave site. It bothers me still, to this day. I always told her, ‘I stay pushing.’ But my grandmother, she told me not to give up.” Further pressing Compton R.E.G. forward was his childhood friend Dee Wade, CEO of Gorilla Hustle. “He was another influence in me changing the way my thought process was,” Compton R.E.G. recalled. “My mom and his mom were best friends. They were on drugs together. But he said, ‘Dude snap out of it. They’re gonna do what they’re gonna do.’ Gorilla Hustle is his business. He let me extend it to my auto detailing business. He let me understand how my purpose was aligning with the higher being. I can’t do anything without the higher being. I get up, I pray. It’s been a struggle. But I maintain a good circle around me. You know your future by the company you keep.”
Compton R.E.G.’s new track “No No” gives the listener a comprehensive look at both the beauty and ugliness of life. “It’s both optimistic and pessimistic,” Compton R.E.G. explained. “People can gravitate to it where they like. There’s something there that they’re going through, good or bad. It can be two words in a song that speak to somebody. I wrote it when my granddad passed. Around September or October 2020. People have told me they cried during that song. I feel their pain, because I cried when I wrote it.”
Process is Compton R.E.G.’s anchor. He maintains a rigid, regimented structure for recording his music. “When I got to the studio to record, that’s work. When I’m at work, I work. I love to read. I love to learn. I’m currently reading The Way of The Superior Man by David Deida. It’s teaching me a lot about how to buckle down, why I shouldn’t take anything personally. He writes about how to make your speech impeccable and why we shouldn’t make assumptions.”
Fans of “No No” should expect Compton R.E.G.’s mixtape The Struggle of Determination in the coming months. He also noted that he is working on a memoir of the same title. “I have something to say,” Compton R.E.G. said. “I have a good head on my shoulders. I’m not about pillpopping or sagging my pants. I’m going to tell you what it is. The way I see it.”
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