NovaCain, a hip-hop artist and blind activist from Evansville, Indiana, wants the world to know that being diagnosed with a disability shouldn’t signal your demise. Going blind at age 17, after a medication destroyed the nerves controlling his vision, altered the course he had planned for his life, but it also led him toward a new craft and a renewed sense of purpose.
“I was so frustrated and angry because I had 20/20 vision, and all of a sudden I had problems, but the doctors kept trying to tell me it would not cause blindness,” he said. “I had to suck it up, and I didn’t really feel down; something just told me there was going to be another lane I would take. I had fear of rejection and how people were going to treat me, but I told myself I’d have to deal with this.” NovaCain didn’t always consider himself a “music person.” As a teenager, he was more concerned with the football field and basketball court.
Today, NovaCain has earned himself a following on social media, and his music has been streamed more than 100,000 times on Spotify. “I couldn’t play sports anymore, but music gave me a another craft. I want to show kids you don’t have to be like other rappers in the game to make good songs. I just want to be a role model.”