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Coast rapper vibing off new-found clarity after dark past

STANDING on a social media platform and baring your soul can be a harrowing experience, but a Sunshine Coast teenager is laying it all on the line to help others.

In his short 16 years, Henry, who didn't want to use his surname, has been through a lot.

The teenager has spent the past four months undergoing rehab in Thailand after his life spiralled out of control and he found himself couch-hopping and "in a bad space".

"I'd left home, had no money and nothing but a backpack and my skateboard," he said.

"You have all these ambitions and what not, but if you are using drugs you're never going to get there.

"I always thought I had a plan but it was never happening and then I messaged my parents and we spoke and I had a moment when I realised that I needed to get treatment."

Being sober for more than 130 days, Henry said he had found clarity and had begun posting videos of self-penned hip-hop tracks under the pseudonym of Henny C on SoundCloud and Facebook.

"I just loved hip hop from the first time I heard it when I was about 14 and I soon started writing my own stuff," he said.

"When I went on my 'little excursions', I suppose I will call them, there was none of that and when I would try to sit down and write something, nothing came.

"Since I've been here, I've written close to 15 songs because I have a clear head and a clear mind."

At the tail end of two-month stint in a sober house, Henry has been recording tracks in his room as a means of expressing what he has been feeling.

"It's easy to write sad and it's easy to write stuff that's deep because I can just go off my past experiences," he said.

Henry said deciding to share his deepest emotions with the online world had been harrowing at first, but when his music started resonating with people, it became easier.

Like many artists, Henry would love to turn his passion into a full time career and hoped to spend some time in a professional studio to take his skills to the next level.

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