By Bonnie Adams, Managing Editor
Westborough – Albert Pinto has faced a number of challenges in his life, starting from when he was born 32 years ago, weighing less than two pounds, and the loss of his father, when he was only 3 years old.
By his own admission, his life was derailed shortly after graduating from Assabet Valley Regional Technical School in 2002, mostly due to a struggle with alcoholism.
But it was after his mother Pamela Pinto, a well-respected Westborough Realtor, passed away in January that Pinto knew something had to change. He turned to his love of rap music, creating a CD of nine songs, including a poignant song about his mom. And over the last five months, he has honored her memory by keeping his vow to get and stay sober.
With his music, Pinto, who records under the name “Chedda Crispy,” hopes to inspire other young adults, especially his young nieces and nephews, to not make the same mistakes he did.
“Drugs and alcohol don’t help you reach your dreams,” he said. “Music is my passion and I really want to be a success. But I can’t do it with alcohol.”
Pinto acknowledges that “some of my music isn’t exactly PG-13!”
The song dedicated to his mother is full of raw emotion as he raps that she is “the angel on his shoulder, helping me stay sober” and wishes for “one more hug.”
“Now I will be strong and push through the pain, because my loss is heaven’s gain,” he raps.
Pinto has been working with Ivoryland Records in Worcester as well as other online sources and passing out his CDs. You can hear his music on his Youtube channel, “Chedda Crispy.”