Joyner Lucas Announces ‘ADHD’ Project Inspired by Childhood Diagnosis

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Joyner Lucas performs onstage in concert during 2017 A3C Festival at Georgia Freight Depot on Oct. 8, 2017 in Atlanta.

After notching an appearance on Kamikaze alongside his idol Eminem, Joyner Lucas is ready for his next solo venture. The Massachusetts-bred rapper announced his upcoming ADHD project on Friday (Oct. 12), inspired by his perseverance in life to power through the doubters amid his childhood diagnosis.

“When I was a kid I was diagnosed with ‘ADHD’.. they said I was aggressive, fidgety, hyperactive, impulsive, etc… they tried to put me on meds. Everyone around me including my own parents made me feel like I wasn’t normal. I had to constantly see a doctor who made me take tests and all that. They separated me from the regular kids in school and put me in these classes away from everyone,” Lucas began in a lengthy Instagram post.

“Creating music was and always has been my only therapy. It’s the only way I ever knew how to express myself. I was tired of being cut off every time i spoke or had a opinion.. I figured if I made music then you would have no choice but to listen to me and hear me out,” Joyner continued to detail his treacherous musical journey. “The kid with ‘ADHD’ did it. (ADHD project coming soon)… new record and video dropping 10/17/18.”

The 30-year-old also unveiled the project’s trippy artwork, featuring transparent hands covering his eyes that will have just about every puzzled viewer doing a double-take. Lucas is known for being very hands-on with writing his video treatments and assisting in the creative direction of all his endeavors. Be on the lookout for a fresh single and visual to release on Wednesday, even though the effort remains without an official release date.

Check out the ADHD cover art below.

When I was a kid I was diagnosed with “ADHD”.. they said I was aggressive, fidgety, hyperactive, impulsive, etc… they tried to put me on meds. Everyone around me including my own parents made me feel like I wasn’t normal. I had to constantly see a doctor who made me take tests and all that. They separated me from the regular kids in school and put me in these classes away from everyone. I never felt like anything was wrong with me other than the fact I was just different and misunderstood. Every school I went to received a IEP, (which is a special folder with all my “ADHD” information) so they can repeat the process all over again. It was basically no different than wearing a sticker on your shirt that said “inmate”. I was judged by other students & even teachers. They spoke to me as if I was stupid and less intelligent than everyone else. In middle/ high school I was put in behavior disorder classes for my entire years attended. That consisted of 1 room away from everyone with a bunch of teens who had various types of behavior and learning issues. It was no different than being in solitary confinement. Eventually I would act out which led to me being expelled and sent to a alternative school. I can’t even count how many times I have been told that I wouldn’t amount to anything. Creating music was and always has been my only therapy. It’s the only way I ever knew how to express myself. I was tired of being cut off every time i spoke or had a opinion.. I figured if I made music then you would have no choice but to listen to me and hear me out. This project is my big FUCK YOU to any and everybody who never thought I wouldn’t make it this far. My big FUCK YOU to anybody who has ever stood in my way. My big FUCK YOU to anybody who ever shitted on me on my way up. That goes to family, friends, enemies, ex girls, teachers, principals, police, judges, or anybody who told me I wouldn’t get here. The kid with “ADHD” did it. —- (ADHD project coming soon)… new record and video dropping 10/17/18

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