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Kosha Dillz Reflects On MusiCares, Warped Tour & Lil Peep
Following the tragic death of hip-hop artist Lil Peep on Nov. 16 as the result of a drug overdose, former addict and rapper Kosha Dillz — aka Rami Even-Esh — took to Variety to reflect on how the late young rapper could have benefitted from the now-shuttering Warped Tour and the life-saving addiction recovery resources MusiCares provides each year on the tour.
"Warped is where I found my sober community," writes Dillz about the tour, which will officially come to a close in 2019. "Warped Tour's biggest benefit to an artist like me was its affiliation with MusiCares, a Recording Academy-associated recovery force that helps musicians who need to get into rehab as well as helping in other areas concerning health."
Kosha Dillz goes on to recount the story of another music industry employee who struggled with addiction issues and also found help through the MusiCares tent during the annual series of Warped Tours. Eventually, through the support of recovery personnel onsite, she was able to get clean and now works as both a life coach and sober coach.
MusiCares' presence at music events around the country, including Warped Tour, other festivals and awards shows, among many other events, has made a significant impact on the wellness of the music community, whether its musicians who are just beginning their journey to sobriety or, for those like Kosha Dillz, who now have many years of sobriety to their name.
"I wish I could have told Peep my story," Dillz writes. "The therapy comes when one person is helping the next. It doesn't matter what your job is, whether you had a hit song, or how many Instagram followers you have."