Starbuks makes amends: Fairbanks rapper Michael Cofey addresses his past on his latest album | Latitude 65 – Alaska News

Starbuks makes amends: Fairbanks rapper Michael Cofey addresses his past on his latest album | Latitude 65 – Alaska News

FAIRBANKS — Michael Cofey is growing up.

The Fairbanks rapper, known as Starbuks to his fans, has released his long-awaited third solo album, “Whiskey, Weed and Women,” and it’s a reflection of his past, including his mistakes, that helped shape him into the man he is today. Cofey is candid in talking about his youth — his arrest and jail time for selling drugs, his misadventures as a young man in Fairbanks — and how now, at 35, he’s learned from those mistakes. It’s all a cathartic release he put into the lyrics of the 17-track album, of which he is the lead writer on each song.

“This album is personal,” he said over a beer at Lavelle’s Taphouse in downtown Fairbanks. “Rap is competitive. Hip-hop is competitive. That’s why I waited so long to put out an album. The title is about the hangover after the lifestyle I was living.”

“Whiskey, Weed and Women” is broken into three parts — “Whiskey” being the party life Cofey was living, “Weed” reflecting on addictive behaviors, and “Women” taking on Cofey’s relationships with the women in his life. It’s the story of how his choices affected the people around him, namely his friends, family and children. The album is told from the point of view of Cofey talking to a therapist about his past.

“I knew I had to put the album out,” he said. “I had to be vulnerable.”

A Fairbanks influence

Cofey was born and raised in Fairbanks, a graduate of West Valley High School. He described himself as always pushing the envelope and going…

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