A FORMER bad lad has found a new lease of life as a rapper after a spell behind bars.
Jailed in January, David Baker decided he was going to put his time in prison to good use and follow his dream of becoming a rap artist.
The ex-New Monkey MC started to pen the lyrics that had been swimming around in his head for years while banged up in Spalding’s HMP Holme House.
Now, under the name of Baby B, the 23-year-old has hit the recording studio in the hope of becoming the next big thing on the British hip hop scene.
David, who has moved from Seaham to Pennywell, said: “I was an MC at the New Monkey so I always had an interest in writing lyrics.
“When I was in prison, I was thinking about what I was doing with my life and I decided to start writing rhymes again.
“It’s given us strength and helped me to focus on music, as well as something to work towards and a goal.”
David, who said he threw away a promising football career, is working with the Bunker, where he has hit the studio to record a string of tracks.
“I’ve brought out 10 songs so far, which I wrote in prison, and they’ve had over 8,000 hits online, with loads of great comments,” he said.
David was jailed in January for possession of an offensive weapon and using threatening words and behaviour. In court, he claimed he bought two swords after a double arson attack, which damaged his Audi A5 and the Seaham home he shared with his partner and their child.
He said he had bought the weapons as protection after unwittingly borrowing £5,000 from a gangster.
In his songs, he tackles a series of issues, including the war in Afghanistan, gang culture, his time in prison and family life.
He said: “I think music is probably the best thing in the world and once you get the taste for it, you can’t stop. It’s really addictive.
“I think a lot of people will be able to relate to my lyrics.”
David, whose favourtie rappers are Eminem, 2pac and Brit MC Devlin, is hoping to put the finishing touches to his debut album, Too Many Soldiers, by September.
He is currently organising a string of gigs at the end of the year and will feature on several regional radio stations this month.