SPANIAN: THE UNFILTERED HOOD LIFE
By the time he was twelve, Spanian knew that he would follow his family's footsteps to become a career criminal. That knowledge kickstarted a decade-long string of brazen crimes and brutality: Stabbings, ram-raids, drug runs and the notorious high school siege. Throughout the Sydney social housing enclaves of Redfern, Waterloo and Woolloomooloo, Spanian earned a reputation as one of the city's most flagrant crooks; armed with a boxcutter in one hand, and a syringe in the other.
But it all came at a damning price: In the throes of heroin dependency and thirteen years wasted behind bars, Spanian became a longstanding resident of jails across New South Wales. There, he was embroiled in racial divisions, prison politics and headed for self-annihilation, until music and books became an unlikely lifeline. Reading and rapping became new rituals, and a glistening light at the end of the tunnel.
Released from Bathurst Correctional Centre in 2017 with a newfound purpose, Spanian has since found fame and a sprawling audience through hip-hop and his magnetic social media presence. This is the powerful, unflinching and high-octane memoir of how a young inner-city kid became Spanian. It gives unapologetic insight into the gritty socio-economic underbelly of Sydney city, the criminal justice system and prison life. The story of Spanian provides hope that even the most stubborn cycles can be broken, and new dreams made.
In the four years since his release from prison, Spanian has evolved from an underground artist to a full-blown counterculture icon. Whether it's his uncompromising raps or viral social media presence, Spanian doesn't just command your attention, he snatches it without permission.
Spending the vast majority of his youth incarcerated, Spanian is now focusing on remaining a free man. Through music, he's found a sprawling audience for his unfiltered tales of street life, violence, and the gritty underbelly of inner-city Sydney.