In the game of life there are victims and there are survivors. The latter can be used to describe the author and hip-hop artist known as Willie Dutch. Faced with overwhelming adversity he overcame the odds that were stacked against him and turned tragedy into triumph, proving that nothing–not even a 140-month prison sentence–could knock the hustle.
Born Edward Hubbard, the 30-year-old Houston native was introduced to violence at the tender age of two when his mother was shot and killed by his biological father. By the time he reached his teens his aging grandparents whom raised him could only stand by and watch as the athletically gifted, straight “A” student succumbed to his pent up rage and ventured further and further into the streets.
His foray into the drug game had him seeing more money than his peers could have ever dreamed of, but his criminal lifestyle soon caught up with him and eventually led him to state prison, and subsequently, the Federal prison system. Ironically, it took losing his freedom to find his true purpose and identity. Using his time to his advantage he turned a minor setback into a major comeback and went on to release a mixtape, which he recorded over the phone, two published novels, and write for several magazines. And just like that Willie Dutch was born.