A year before he died, Ephraim broke up with his long-time girlfriend and began an affair with Paul Flowers. "I was openly gay, but Ephraim wasn't ready to call himself gay at the time," Flowers remembers.
Dizz wrote "Stand Up" in 2018 to process his residual trauma at the police murders of Sandra Bland and Philando Castile, and was motivated to finally release the track this year following Ahmad Aubery's murder.
The Jacksons were the real thing. Fuck the Osmonds. I could hardly contain the singing of my secret song for Marlon. Everyone else could scream for Michael, I was there for Marlon. I’d been growing my Afro for months.