Landscaping was hardly his lifelong dream.
a teenager, Alton Lucas believed basketball or music would pluck him
out of North Carolina and take him around the world. In the late 1980s,
he was the right-hand man to his musical best friend, Youtha Anthony
Fowler, who many hip hop and R&B heads know as DJ Nabs.
rather than jet-setting with Fowler, Lucas discovered drugs and the
drug trade at the height of the so-called war on drugs. Addicted to
crack cocaine and involved in trafficking the drug, he faced
decades-long imprisonment at a time when the drug abuse and violence
plaguing major cities and working class Black communities were not seen
as the public health issue that opioids are today.