A couple of years ago, Casey Schumacher's momentum was gaining. The 22-year-old, also known as Case Windu, released albums The Munchies and Best Case Scenario and toured with Curren$y.
After graduating from Full Sail University in Orlando and dropping Acquired Taste in February 2012, Windu's presence seemed to have diminished, releasing no new material since then and performing at local clubs like Speakeasy Lounge and Green Room only on occasion.
"Aside from getting my work done with school, that and music were all I had to worry about," said Windu. "I'm not in a position right now where I'm able to create as much as I'd like to, and it drives me nuts, man. It really sucks."
Windu also was not in a position to relinquish something else that controlled his actions and the artist and man he was becoming.
"Around the time Acquired Taste came out, substance abuse really became a problem for me," said Windu. "I had cleaned up for a few months, and then I relapsed bad. During the course of a week, I was back to using as much as I had been." Windu began using drugs recreationally when he was 17 and started to abuse when he was 18.
"You have a quick fix at your disposal," said Windu. "You get upset, you get sad, you get stressed the fuck out and you don't know how you're going to function. You pop a pill, you do whatever, and you're good."
Over the past four years, the rapper has battled to stay sober and says he has been clean since June of last year to get back to a better way of life.
"I just couldn't really keep up with the lifestyle, man," said Windu. "It got a hold of me, and it consumed me to the point where I just didn't know who I was."