Dreams of Rap stardom are not new or unique. Many of the biggest acts in the world have shared stories of their struggles before success, and how they worked hard to make ends meet to become a star. One Maryland Man decided to risk it all to fund his dreams and is now paying the price. 33 year old Chad Arrington, who goes by the rap name “Chad Focus” is learning this week that somethings are not worth stealing for the dream. Many stars have had to hustle to make ends meet like Chad before their careers took off, but no one took it to his extreme,,
We reported on Dave Chappelle earlier today, who recalls buying weed off a pre-fame Idris Elba during his time as a bouncer at a comedy club called Caroline’s. The story came during a sit down with Joe Rogan where the two were talking about being kind to service people because you never who they’ll become. Idris obviously went on to become a massive star on TV and Film, even score a hit record in recent years.
Rapper The Game took to his twitter last week to talk about a similar experience and the struggles he faced before becoming a huge success in music. “I remember a time when I had $26 to my name & was scared to spend it. Didn’t know where the next meal was coming from. Slept in my car in Hollywood just to wake up in the action & pass out my demo…. never give up, your dreams live around the corner from your struggle !!!” The Game famously went on to get signed by Dr. Dre and drop his classic album The Documentary.
I remember a time when I had $26 to my name & was scared to spend it. Didn’t know where the next meal was coming from. Slept in my car in Hollywood just to wake up in the action & pass out my demo…. never give up, your dreams live around the corner from your struggle !!!— The Game (@thegame) May 3, 2021
Unlike Idris Elba and The Game, unfortunately Chad Arrington will not be seeing the light at the end of the tunnel anytime soon. Arrington pleaded guilty to taking money from his employer and using the company credit card to finance his dreams of rap success. According to Justice.gov “From at least January 2015 through August 2018, Arrington, and four co-conspirators used the credit card for fraudulent purchases, including to promote his hip-hop artist alter-ego, Chad Focus, and Focus Music Entertainment, as well as to make unauthorized purchases that benefitted them each personally.”
In total he stole $4 million dollars to look like he was living the life of a successful rapper. He was sentenced to 2 years in prison and also has to pay the money back he stole.