Phoenix rapper Random, who has to be one of the busiest and most prolific musicians in the Valley, is about to find himself with a lot more time on his hands. The self-proclaimed “TeacherRapperHero” took a brave leap of faith by resigning as a middle-school teacher to focus on his music career full time.
I hope to catch up with him about this soon – maybe over some grub at The Main Ingredient – because I have a ton of respect for him being a teacher (a career path I’ve often thought about pursuing) and even more for walking away from it to chase his dream as a musician.
But it seemed like a good time to bring it up because now that his teaching stint is officially over, Random is already coming up with creative ways to inspire and connect with fans. He’s creating a reality show of sorts called Life After Lesson Plans, a web series that will chronicle this next step.
The 10-minute pilot – which shows, among other things, Random and Black Materia producer Lost Perception signing and packaging CDs to ship (such a glamorous life!) – premiered a few days ago and it’s a great introduction into the mind of one of the most accessible and down-to-earth guys you’ll come across.
So congrats to Random, and this only underscores why it’s so important for fans to support artists they like.