The Muse Box today announced the release of “Highs/Lows,” the moody and hook-filled reflection on life before sobriety from Toronto rapper and street veteran Friday AKA Ricky Dred. After almost a year of silence spent working on his therapeutic blog, The Sober Emcee, Friday recently came out of a self-imposed musical retirement. “Highs/Lows” is the third single from Friday’s third LP, Nocturnal (AWOL/Urbnet), due out in early 2016.
According to Friday, “Highs/Lows” is a “love story of sorts,” an honest account of his affection for – and battle with – alcohol and the destructive lifestyle of the streets:
“I am going on six years of sobriety. Prior to that, I drank very heavily and ran to the things that destroyed me. I had arguments with my mother and with ex-girlfriends, all of whom were trying to persuade me to give up my destructive ways. The amount of money made from this life, along with the abundances that come with it, keeps a lot of people in it or, at the least, drawn to it.”