“My dream is to have many followers and tour the world.”

A victim of bullying during his schooling days, local rapper John Shadow was driven by loneliness to the point of suicidal ideation. The turning point for him was the discovery of music, and how it allowed him to make sense of his emotions.

In the age of social media, TikTok has opened up new avenues for hopefuls just like John—but at what cost? Despite garnering the strong support of over 10,000 followers on his account, John continues to see the ugly side of the Internet: haters. He tells us what he thinks it takes to block the hate out, and seek true fame.

Special Thanks: The Music Parlour (https://themusicparlour.com.sg/)

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