Lawyer ditches the bar for a career as a… wait for it… Rapper!

Eugene Ahn maintained a 4.0 GPA throughout school, including law school. He continued on to pass the bar and worked as an attorney. While in college, he became fascinated with recording his own music, but set aside the hobby as the pressures of a career in law began to overwhelm him. Later he realized that it was rap, not law, that he needed to pursue.

I grew up a logical person. For those who don’t know, being a lawyer involves a lot of screaming. Either you’re screaming at opposing counsel, or you’re screaming at your client to get them to understand that you are trying to help them. If you’re lucky enough, you’ll even scream at your co-workers, or your supervisors even. It’s a weird environment, and one that’s kind of toxic if you don’t have the stomach for it. For the first year of working as a lawyer, you have no idea what you are doing, and you’re responsible for real cases, people’s lives and huge sums of money. Predictably, you screw up a lot. And you get yelled at for it. After a year or so, you realize, “Wait a minute, I know what I’m doing,” and you take all that stress and frustration and you concentrate it into a grown man voice, and yell back. So for the rest of your professional life, you’re just yelling at each other, at everything: the phone, the computer, people, the plant in the lobby, the carpet, whatever. It’s why you drink so much.

I began posting music on a website just for kicks. Music, for me, was an escape from the horrors of my scream-infested daily life. So I started making music about the things I loved: comics, movies, TV, video games. I posted them up and shared them with my friends, and a few songs caught fire. I began getting inundated with requests to do shows, to make albums, y’know, musician stuff. I had to keep saying no, because I had this job thing that was supposed to take up the majority of my life.


Eugene Ahn goes by the stage name Adam WarRock.