Mickey Avalon 2016Mickey Avalon (born Yeshe Perl; December 3, 1975) is an American rapper from Hollywood, California. His debut self-titled solo album was released Nov. 7, 2006 on Interscope/Shoot to Kill Records in association with MySpace Records. Frequent topics of Avalon’s songs are his experiences with substance abuse and prostitution.

Avalon was raised in a nonpracticing Jewish family and had a turbulent childhood. His mother worked as a marijuana dealer, an occupation which Avalon adopted under his mother’s supervision, and his father was a heroin addict.

Though his father cleaned up his act and began attending Alcoholics Anonymous, he was struck and severely injured by a drunk driver leaving a meeting. At age 19, Avalon made the decision to take his father off life support, ending his life. During his late teens, Avalon briefly adhered to Orthodox Judaism in an effort to stay off the streets. By the time he was out of his teenage years, he had sold sex in order to finance his heroin addiction.

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