Raised by his heroin-addicted father, he began selling pot at a young age, a trade he acquired from his mother. By his early 20s, Mickey had married, had a daughter, and moved out of California, relocating to Portland, Oregon. As his life neared rock bottom, Mickey found himself broke, divorced, and turning to prostitution, just to support his smack habit. With a desire to once again get his life back on track, Avalon moved in with his sister, and the pair set out on the road to recovery. Tragedy struck again when his sister relapsed, and died from a heroin overdose. After the deaths of both his father and sister, Mickey decided that he wanted more out of life, moved back to Los Angeles, and chose to make one final attempt to clean up his act. Soon after Interscope Records took notice of the guerilla promotions tactics and signed Avalon to the label in Through Interscope, Avalon released his now classic self-titled debut album, which showcased his unique rhyming style and indulgent lyrics.
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His debut self-titled solo album was released Nov. Frequent topics of Avalon's songs are his experiences with substance abuse and prostitution. Avalon was raised in a nonpracticing Jewish family and had a turbulent childhood. During this time, his sister relapsed and died from a heroin overdose. It was shortly after this return to Southern California that Avalon met Simon Rex and began to gain recognition for his music.