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While originally from the Bronx, Anthony Hendricks spent his childhood in Reading, PA, with his adoptive family. Music is the center of some of his earliest memories. He would spend his day banging trash cans on Penn St. and his night singing his own lullabies. He believed his life was just like anyone else’s– normal. It wasn’t until later that Anthony learned he suffered significant abuse and traumas over the ten-year period spent with this family. He went to elementary school in turtlenecks, jeans, and a target on his back. In an attempt to avoid torment from his peers, Anthony learned to solve a Rubik’s cube. He hoped it would help him look cool and feel important, and he was right. Over time, the Rubik’s cube became a symbol of his life. Initially messed up and seemingly unfixable; however, he could eventually force everything to fall into place with enough determination and work ethic. Unfortunately, he couldn’t yet bring his ideology into reality. Children and youth services intervened with his abusive family. He was moved through group homes and temporary settings until he was finally placed with another foster family in Schuylkill County. No matter where he was placed, Anthony connected with those around him by writing lyrics and making beats. He bonded with his housemates and foster siblings over their love for artist Drake, Juice World, and XXXTentacion, who also served as his musical inspirations. All his life, Anthony’s continuously been shown he was more valued for his musical talent than for simply being a child deserving of love and guidance. Christmas of his junior year, Anthony was gifted a home studio set-up by his foster parents. Soon later, hell broke loose in Anthony’s life. His biological brother was incarcerated, and his biological sister cut all ties of communication. His earlier traumas complicated his relationship with his foster mother, and Anthony was left entirely alone. He quit making music and descended into a place of isolation. At this moment, all he wanted was a family. With the strength and courage most never obtain, Anthony accepted that he’d have to create his own if he wanted a family. So, he began making music again in hopes people like him would one day hear it. It didn’t take long to realize; his music wasn’t about just him anymore. He writes about his childhood, his mothers, his trauma, his joy. He writes for the kids who think their lives are normal because they couldn’t know otherwise. He writes for the streets of Reading and the people who bring them alive. He named his artist’s persona “Rubix”, after the childhood toy that brought him comfort in a time of chaos. Now, Anthony is a student of music at Albright College, in pursuit of his dream. While some long for fame and others wealth, Anthony dreams of creating a family for anyone who’s never had one– himself included. When the school year ends, Anthony has no home to return to and no one to call for guidance. But his purpose is vast, and his life until now was only his humble beginning.