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W.Va. rapper to perform in Elkins

August 2, 2012
The Inter-Mountain

Artist and rapper Jason Mallas, whose style of music has turned into what people are calling "hick-hop," is set to perform Aug. 10 and 11 at Journeez night club in Elkins.

Mallas said it's rap music, but it's not about money, cars and girls; it's about the everyday struggles of people who live in poverty- and drug-stricken areas of West Virginia and throughout the United States.

A documentary film crew will follow the artist to Elkins to put out a DVD on his journey with life and music. Mallas, whose stage name is "Mini Thin," is set to open for national powerhouse country/rap star Colt Ford on Sept. 21 in Parkersburg.

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Mallas grew up in Weirton, and after his high school years at Weir High in Weirton, he got mixed up with drugs and alcohol and was sentenced to a three-year prison term. Upon his release, he chose to go to Davis & Elkins College to get away from his area. After continuing to struggle with drinking, he eventually entered Alcoholics Anonymous and has not had a drink in almost 10 years.

He later began entering rap competitions at the urging of his late friend, Ian Rood.

He has since written a song called "Coal Miners Lullaby," which is about the Upper Big Branch Mine disaster and has become very popular in the region.



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