Trauma, Aliases, and the Gift of Gab with Lord Fess | The Buddy Ruski Show (Ep. 22)
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Trauma, Aliases, and the Gift of Gab with Lord Fess | The Buddy Ruski Show (Ep. 22)

Justin Laidlaw
Justin Laidlaw

Fresh off his appearance on the first-ever Buddy Ruski Show Live at Super Secret Dance Party, and his own solo performance the following week, rapper and entrepreneur Lord Fess stopped by The Buddy Ruski Show podcast to chat about his career, 2012-era Durham, and how early childhood traumas inspired his music.

Fess is well-known within the Durham community but his roots are in Baltimore where he was probably an extra on The Wire. I’m still researching that. His family eventually made their way to NC where Fess developed his love for the stage while a student at Durham School of the Arts.

He and I grew up in the Durham creative scene together. I had a burgeoning career as a model for RUNAWAY (🙈) before rising up the ranks, and Fess was holding down the local hip-hop scene as part of the rap duo Toon & The Real Laww back in yesteryear when he performed under the moniker Professor Toon. I enjoyed reminiscing about the 2010s in Durham and thinking about what we got right, what we got wrong, and the impact we had on the Durham we live in now.

Recently, Fess has pivoted into other creative endeavors including talent management and podcasting while still finding time to continue honing his craft as a musician.

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