How Conway The Machine Turned Tragedy Into Triumph

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Conway The Machine smokes an insane amount of weed. “About an ounce a day,” he tells High Times by phone—and that’s normal. The Griselda Records rapper, who’s been on an upward trajectory for the past couple of years, is staying high in other ways though.

He recently released his debut studio album for Eminem’s Shady Records, God Don’t Make Mistakes, a brooding and brutally honest depiction of Conway The Machine’s tumultuous upbringing, rise to success, and everything in between. As a result, he continues to collaborate with some of hip-hop’s biggest names, including Lil Wayne, Jay-Z, Rick Ross, T.I., and Beanie Sigal. But it was a long, treacherous road to get here. 

In and out of jail for most of his 20s, Conway The Machine (real name Demond Price) maintained his passion for music, mostly thanks to his Uncle Anthony who introduced him to N.W.A and other classic hip-hop artists as a kid. His time in jail (the longest stint was two years) gave him the opportunity to reflect on what he really wanted out of life and read books such as The Art of War by Sun Tzu, which he says “shut me up.” 

“I always had this dream,” he said, referring to his current reality. “This has always been a dream of mine and a passion. Going through those obstacles, I just knew I needed to do something better with my life. And I just need to apply myself more and just go crazy and learn the business and do what I had to do to make it out.”But fate had other plans. In 2012, Conway The Machine wound up getting shot in the neck and shoulder, just when he’d decided to finally hop on the straight …

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Author: Kyle Eustice / High Times

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