January 6th, 2019 Andre C Gladen was shot and killed by the Portland Oregon police department.
Andre Gladen was both physically and mentally disabled he was blind , had one eye completely gone and one eye seeing only 20% , also suffering from schizophrenia and bipolar disorder , the owner of the home said he was just looking for help. He was not trying to hurt anyone or take anything. The officer who also has killed three men in the past year and a half , the men also said to have mental disorders , shot Mr Gladen at close range killing him.
Andre leaves behind five children three girls and two boys. Both adult children are productive members of society as well as his minor children great students all have bright futures. All heartbroken and devastated by this tragedy.
He should have been alive after this , there is a protocol for this type of thing , they did not have to kill a blind mind suffering from mental illness please share this story so it’s not ever forgotten
A go fund me account has been started by his wife , children and family anything helpful is appreciated even links for services, lawyers , advocates even well wishes and kind words the children need to hear good things in this time not judge mental comments on news pages that can be so cruel
At what age did you decide to become an artist?
During my early childhood I've always had a passion for writing poetry, kinda used as a coping mechanism due to the poverty stricken environment of Washington D.C , but with never an desire or passion to format my expressions into a song until 2 years ago.
Name a few of your biggest influences in hip hop?
A few of my biggest influences in hip-hop would be Marvin Gaye, Tupac Shakur & Boosie ,dispite what the media made them out to be there music is/was real, soul penetrating, strengthening, powerful and last but not least a representation of a black boy raised in the ghetto.
What are some of the things you’re working on right now?
I have a few projects I'm working on, I'll be dropping 3 singles this month "I remember" "Gang" & "Go Away" that will hit the charts, a few collab features with artist from Atlanta, Miami, Baltimore New York & New Jersey, a few radio interviews, Breast Cancer Awareness venue held in Baltimore MD with Bussdown Entertainment in attendance, a few food give always to local shelters in Washington D.C & Completing my apparel for Trouble Gang entertainment.
What advice can you give other upcoming artists?
The only advise I can give all up coming artist is to stay real to yourself & not allow your eyes and what you see to influence and capture your soul.
How has life changed for you since becoming an artist?
There's been a great change in my life. Music has given me a voice to share my story, music has been a outlet & allowed me to express my upbringing & lifestyle, with the intention to give hope & happiness but honestly there's another world outside of music, Responsibilities, Accountability, Murder, indictments, just to name a few in every city.
Have you had the pleasure of performing yet?
Yes I've performed at multiple local venues in the DMV and I’m excited to perform more.
Are there any artists/talent that you’ve worked with that we should be watching?
As of rite now I'm 100% focused on my music and telling my story but I am looking forward to collaborate with other artist in the future.