Out singer Rob Racine, who is living with HIV, just released the first single “Brother” from his upcoming album Lost Boy.
The song is inspired by his brothers, whom Racine discovered he had at 19 after meeting his father for the first time. The brothers all shared similar experiences of addiction and homelessness while living in Chicago.
“My birth father overdosed a few months before I was born,” Racine said. “He was 24 at the time and after being in a coma for almost a year, he started regaining his motor skills and relearned to speak but never fully recovered his vision or his mind. He spent the rest of his life living in an assisted nursing home.”
Racine said that he harbored anger toward his father for a lot of his life. However, due to his own experience with drugs and homeless, Racine was able to forgive him.
He said a lot of the support has been through the kink community he’s part of. It’s helped teach him accountability, he said, and got him back to living healthy.
While Racine has been able to maintain his wellness, his brother Donny could not. Racine said that he and his brother Marky buried their brother with their father on the same day in 2020.
When Rob asked Marky recently what he wanted for his birthday, Marky told him “I just want us to stay sober,” the singer said. Marky is an up-and-coming rapper that Racine said he hopes to work with on future music.
The video, Racine said, is a reminder to Marky that they are in it together.
Check out the unofficial video for “Brother” below.