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Mickey Avalon
Avalon in San Diego, California
Background information
Birth name Yeshe Perl
Also known as Mickey Avalon
Born December 3, 1975 (1975-12-03) (age 41)
Origin Hollywood, California, U.S.
Genres Hip hop
Rap Rock
Occupations Musician
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2004 - present
Labels Shoot To Kill, Myspace, Interscope Records
Associated acts Dyslexic Speedreaders
Website http://www.mickeyavalon.com/

Mickey Avalon (born Yeshe Perl on 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.

Life and careerEdit

Avalon's family upbringing was tumultuous; both he and his parents used drugs.[1] By his early 20s, Avalon had married, had a daughter, and moved to Portland, Oregon.[2]

Upon moving to Los Angeles, he was befriended by ex-MTV VJ Simon Rex who encouraged Avalon to rap and collaborated with him. The two began passing out demos to Hollywood clubs and soon developed a following among fans of the Santa Cruz nightclub scene. Mickey also attended college at Webster University in St. Louis, MO for a brief time before he signed with Interscope Records. Avalon is a member of the legendary Los Angeles-based graffiti crew CBS (Can't Be Stopped / City Bomb Squad)

Dyslexic Speedreaders Edit

Mickey Avalon, Dirt Nasty, Andre Legacy, and Beardo were the four members to make up the rap group, Dyslexic Speedreaders. Andre Legacy was Avalon's friend since elementary school and Beardo had been in the modeling business with Avalon before they gained fame. The last song to feature Dirt Nasty and Andre Legacy was the song, "What Do You Say". Avalon had announced on his Myspace that this was the last Dyslexic Speedreaders song.

ArtistryEdit

Mickey has a unique rhyming style and raps mostly about his experiences on the streets, with drugs, and prostitution. He was a member of the Dyslexic Speedreaders, a rap group which also includes rappers Dirt Nasty, Andre Legacy, and Beardo. Dirt Nasty, Beardo, and Andre Legacy all appear in Avalon's recent music video, "Fuckin' 'Em All".

ControversyEdit

In March 2007, Avalon was booed off the stage while opening for the Red Hot Chili Peppers in Oklahoma City. During his set, Avalon threw his microphone at the audience in frustration, and walked off stage angrily. The next day, Red Hot Chili Peppers lead guitarist John Frusciante wrote a letter to the band's fans in Oklahoma City, accusing them of booing Avalon for personal issues, and having a lack of "regard for humanity." [3]

DiscographyEdit

Studio albums Edit

Year Album details Peak positions
US Heat
2006 Mickey Avalon

27
2010 Electric Gigolo[4]

Singles Edit

  • "Fuckin' Em All" (2009)
  • "What Do You Say" (feat. Cisco Adler, Dirt Nasty & Andre Legacy) (2009)
  • "Stroke Me" (2009)

Other appearancesEdit

2007: "Deviants" (Happy Mondays) Background vocals "Shoulda Known Better" (Unwritten Law) Co-wrote "Stickey Mickey" (Ke$ha) featured

ToursEdit

References Edit

External links Edit

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