Gregory Isaacs: "Cocaine High School...the most expensive school I ever go"

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

The Gregory Isaacs Foundation, with the support Tad's Record and the African Museum label, has released a public service announcement featuring footage of iconic Reggae singer Gregory Isaacs warning children about the dangers of drugs, and talking frankly about his struggles with drug addiction. Spearheaded by Isaacs' widow June Isaacs, the (watch) PSA will be airing on all television stations in Jamaica throughout the month of November - the island's Drug Awareness Month. Part sales proceeds from Tad's Record's latest release, Gregory Isaacs - The African Museum & Tad's Collection Vol. II, will support the Isaacs Foundation's anti-drug campaign and charitable giving program.

Marred by a crippling drug addiction throughout his 42-year career, Gregory Isaacs was almost as well known for his drug-related tangles with the law as he was for created some of Reggae's most memorable hits. The singer, celebrated for Reggae classics like "My Number One," "Tune In," "Hard Drugs," and the 1982 international hit "Night Nurse," was repeatedly arrested for possession of cocaine, and served time in Kingston's General Penitentiary for illegal firearm possession.

Gregory Isaacs passed away on October 25, 2010 after a long battle with lung cancer.  "Gregory was an amazing artist, one of the greatest, but he did have his demons," says Tad's Record CEO Tad Dawkins. "It is important to warn young people, especially up and coming entertainers about the dangers of getting mixed up in drugs, and its best they hear the message from a public figure who has been down that road. I'm glad to be part of this campaign."

Gregory Issacs - The African Museum & Tad's Collection Vol. II is currently available in stores and on all digital outlets. Part proceeds from the sale of the album will benefit the Gregory Isaacs Foundation.   Get the album here: Gregory Isaacs - The African Museum + Tad's Collection, Vol. II - Gregory Isaacs

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