Brisbane-based artist and rap star Nameless* found his true identity through Jesus.
Growing up in commission housing in Grovely in Brisbane’s northside, Nameless was no stranger to destructive lifestyles. He was surrounded by arms dealers, drug addicts and many who were back and forth on ‘holiday’ courtesy of Her Majesty (prison).
With the guidance he received from his parents he was able to build and use his physical ability to make his way into every rugby league/union representative side that he tried out for. Aspiring to be in peak physical condition also led to several state titles in jujitsu and training for cage fights while competing in the boxing ring.
But mentored by neighbourhood criminals and the ’90s amphetamine epidemic meant that Nameless did his first break-in when he was 10. He remembers rollerblading around with a screwdriver and pockets swollen with change.
For Nameless, a massive gateway of evil had been opened. Breaking into cars at 10 led to stealing them at 13. Marijuana at 11 led to shooting up speed at 13. Addiction led to many stores, homes and businesses being broken into or robbed. Love became hate and everything that was wrong became right.
Nameless had a short break from this scene when an accident resulted in a serious injury. While swimming with his girlfriend (now his wife), he broke his neck and spent six months holed up in hospital. A life-threatening injury like this should have made Nameless rethink his life and make dramatic changes. But for him this meant switching his criminal activities into a smarter hustle and with an even worse drug habit.
As he could no longer pursue a career in the fighting or sporting arenas, Nameless diversified into other fields of passion—aerosol art and rap. With a basic recording set-up he was able to learn and grow in writing, production and audio engineering.
During the turbulent years that followed he became a father at 17. This should have been a wake-up call to cause change, but he couldn’t dig himself out of the ditch, and constantly returned to the grips of intravenous ice use and the accompanying lifestyle.
With drugs being more pure yet cheaper than ever, a now 22-year-old Nameless lived in Keperra housing commission with two young children. Life was exciting as he had just completed a 14-track album under his original performing name of Golden Fleece. It already had a buzz and the project was ready for release to the public. But there were totally different plans in store for the young father.
An associate of his gave him a CD which was a raw account of a rap artist’s lifestyle, his struggles and the temptations of the world surrounding him.
“There was a clear difference in the way he spoke about these things compared to every other lyric, story or rapper I had ever heard before,” says Nameless. “It spoke of a hope and a real way out.”
This message Nameless heard answered the who, what, when, where and why that he was searching for. It was a raw, real and honest account of life influenced by the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Through this music he heard an account of who Jesus was, is and what he has done. It was as if his heart was taken from his chest and shown to him.
Years of pride, crude behaviour, crime and drug addiction fell off his life instantly at the moment he submitted his life to Jesus. It was obvious to everyone in his life that something massive had happened. Nothing was the same. Nothing would ever be the same again.
‘We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life’ (Romans chapter 6, verse 4).
*Aaron’s creative persona is Nameless, and his new project ‘Letter to the Gutter’ is available for free at www.namelesscreations.bandcamp.com