$5 Cover Amplified | Muck Sticky: Home Grown from alan spearman on Vimeo.

Video: Puckish hip-hop artist Muck Sticky reveals that his dogged avoidance of pain and depression have their roots in the loss of his best friend. It’s a defining element never far from his mind as he works to support his mother and sister in their quest for a more abundant life.

Project background: “Home Grown” is a part of “$5 Cover Amplified,” a nine-part documentary series developed for MTV New Media and The Commercial Appeal, the daily newspaper of Memphis.

Each piece explores the motivations of unique Southern musicians, who play fictional versions of themselves in the MTV-aired “$5 Cover,” created by my lifelong friend Craig Brewer (the motion picture director of “Hustle & Flow,” “Black Snake Moan” and “Footloose” fame).

“Amplified” was directed and shot entirely by Alan Spearman, a good friend and highly talented photographer on staff at the paper. Spearman also worked with Lance Murphey, another Old Bridge Media collaborator, on the excellent documentary feature “Nobody.”

The project received two Emmy Awards.