Artist Interviews

T-Free: A Hip-hop Fashion Mogul


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T-Freeloves music and fashion and those are the two areas of the entertainment industry where he is focusing his talents. T-Free started rapping in middle school in 7th grade. His friends started to notice he had talent and made sure he knew. He then started to build on his newfound talent and started to notice that he loved it.  His stage name also came from his friends. It is a combination of his name. He wanted his stage name to encompass his name and fit his persona. His clothing line is a separate entity from his musical endeavors. T-Free always wanted to own a business but never knew in what field. One day he was sitting there thinking and he realized he had a big interest in fashion. He then started creating shirts and a name for the company. T-Free creates most of the designs himself and has been establishing his company. The company name is Macaw Bayz.
T-Free draws inspiration from everyday life such as movies, quotes or things that he sees somewhere. He also draws inspiration from other entertainment and other artists. Some artists that he is inspired by include Kendrick Lamar, Lupe Fiasco, Drake, Wale, Lil Wayne, Currency, A Tribe Called Quest, Big K.R.I.T. and Wiz Khalifa.  His genre of music would be mainly hip-hop but also some songs that have a pop feel to them.
Aside from his growing clothing line, T-Free currently has a collab mix tape out with Fresco. He also has a solo mix tape in the works. In the future he sees himself continuing to do music and become a successful artist with a much bigger fan base. He would also like to have a more established clothing line in stores. In the future he would also like to travel a lot in order to see the world.  Wherever the road may take him, he will always continue to expand his clothing line and music.
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Prince Hakeem: A Producing Engineer


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As we all know it takes more than just an artist to make a hit. There is so much talent behind the scenes and sometimes they don’t get as much credit as the artist.  Prince Hakeem is a self-taught producer and engineer but you would never be able to tell by the diversity and unique sound that he delivers. He has been doing music for 8 years. Growing up he wanted to be a brain surgeon until one day his uncle introduced him to Fruity Loops. He was intrigued by the program and was immediately hooked.
Prince Hakeem graduated from Flannigan High School in 2009 and then continued his education in Audio Production at the Art Institute of Miami.  He was unable to finish but is currently attending Broward College and will then transfer to Full Sail for his Bachelor’s in Recording Arts.
What is interesting and a little different is his stage names. He has two stage names, Prince Hakeem of course and Frank Love. He compares his situation to that of T.I vs. T.I.P. They are his two alter egos. Prince Hakeem came from one of his middle names. His older brother Ph-Lobby gave him the name one day when they were watching Coming to America. Frank Love is his more loving side. Frank Love is a photographer and a lover.
Prince Hakeem draws his producing inspirations from Prince, Swizz beats, Ryan Leslie, Arab Music, Kanye West and Dr. Dre.  There are a wide range of genres he produces including Reggae, R&B, Hip—hop, Dub Step and is starting to work on electronic music. The types of music that Prince Hakeem listens to are classical, R&B, old school hip-hop, dub step and of course reggae.  His favorite rappers include Jay-z, Nas, Tupac, Biggie, Eminem, Rakim, Eric b, J-ColeCyhi da Prince, Common, Fabulous, Kendrick Lamar, Asap Rocky and A Tribe called Quest. Some R&B singers he listens to are Al b sure, Al green, Andre 3000, Darnel Jones, Erykah Badu, IsleyBrothers, Mary J. Blige, Musiq Souldchild, Sade, and Robin Thicke.
He currently owns and works in a studio in Pembroke Pines, FL. Since he does own his own studio he has several artists he is working with. He is currently working with Ph-Lobby, Avery Futuristic, Young Shadow and Tim the Toolman Taylor on their mix tapes. Aside from music Prince Hakeem is also a photographer and is starting to dabble in videography. He has some current film projects in the work, which include Duffle Bag and a Basketball documentary with Ryan Moore. He is also working with Melly Starz on YouTube shorts. With all his talents and interests you may be wondering what he uses to get things done. The current programs he is using are CS5, Motion, Fruity LoopsStudio (FL Studios), Logic pro, Mainstage, Soundtrack Pro and Pro Tools.
Prince Hakeem eats, breaths and dreams music. He will stay up all night just working on music and learning new things. This is true dedication. In the future his ultimate goal is to own his own company named Thinking Cap Entertainment alongside his brother Ph-Lobby. Their company will include t-shirts, graphics, film, photography, and of course music. He also wants to finish school. He would eventually like to get married and hopes to have four kids with two dogs. That however is in the far future since his main focus right now is finishing school and getting his company off the ground.


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Young Shadow: A Truth Spitting Performer


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At the tender age of 8 Young Shadow fell in love with poetry. This later translated into his love of music. He always had an interest in rap but it was never in the forefront of his endeavors. It wasn’t until his brother went to prison that Young Shadow became inspired to really pursue rap. He wanted an outlet for his brother and a way to help support his family. Another thing that his brother had a hand in was his stage name Young Shadow. This name was his brothers originally but he has taken it and made it his own. Young Shadow’s brother of course isn’t overjoyed by it but is still supportive.

Young Shadow is a completely individual artist although he has collaborated with other artists. He is currently working on a joint mix tape with Avery Futuristic titled Loyalty Allegiance. He is also working on his own mix tape titled Dark Hustle Volume 2. He says he has made enough songs to put out Volume 3 as well but he is thinking of holding off on that for a little while. He draws his musical influence from artists such as Tupac, Biggie Smalls, Lil Wayne, Trick Daddy, Nas, Lloyd Banks, Lil Boosie, Young Jeezy and Lupe Fiasco. Young Shadow is also inspired by some R&B artists including, Tyrese, Michael Jackson and Earth, Wind, and Fire. I would have to say that another inspiration that you evidently hear through his music is his pain and struggle. When I heard Dreams and Nightmares I immediately could feel the pain through his lyrics. The way Young Shadow describes himself and his music is, “I’m a party dude but I like to spit the truth.” Young Shadow has another passion, which happens to be performing. He has performed at several open mics. Even though he may always be spotlight ready he is not a battle rapper.

In the near future Young Shadow strives to be the one of the best artists out of Broward County, Florida. In the next few years he sees himself still making music whether it may be rapping, engineering, or producing. When it comes to engineering Young Shadow has only slightly dabbled in it and it is not something that entirely sparks his interest. He has never produced but it is a skill he wants to acquire. In the future he may even try out ghost writing. Overall when it comes to music he wants to know every aspect of it so that if an opportunity arises he is able to take it. In the end when it comes to his future he just wants to take care of his family and live life the right way.

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Artist Interviews

Matt Porche: A laid back Writer and Rapper


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If you take one thing from listening to  Matt Porche’s  music is the pure creativity and passion he has when it comes to word flow. Originally from New Orleans Porche moved to South Florida at a very young age. As a kid he dabbled with writing and poetry always writing things down in a journal. At school he was always freestyling during recess and after school.  As a teen he would still freestyle in the halls but he never took music seriously until he met Op at school. Porche saw how at only 16 Op had such a passion for music and Porche was hooked. This is when he really started getting into the music scene. Porche wanted to be good at it and with everything else he wanted to excel. He started spending more time writing songs for himself as well as other artists. As with everything in life you have to network and Porche was on a roll.  
 
Around this time is when he joined YungRebels Society , a music group with his friend Op. They wanted to dominate the music scene. The group is still around but they aren’t on top of things like they used to be. The most important thing about YRS is,  “We’re rebels because we don’t make music like everybody else.”  OP and Porche released a mixtape called The Collab back in early 2011.
 
Porche has continued his passion for writing and music through his continued education and experiences. He studied communications at Broward College from 2008 until 2010. He is currently studying Public relations at Florida International University. Through his public relations studies he has learned how to market and deal with clients. He hopes to use this in order to brand and market himself in the near future. Also during his schooling he has had the opportunity to volunteer at the Everglades Correctional facility. This was a life altering experience in Porche’s life. He realized that it’s nothing like what you see in the media. While he was there he got the opportunity to counsel inmates and help them set up a plan for after they get out. He learned that you can not judge them from their past and if you put in the effort and time you can help someone possibly change their life. During his education at both schools he continued to write for the paper, which was his first passion.
 
Now back to the music side of things. Matt Porche recently interned at Power 96, a south Florida radio station. He interned in the promotions department. During his time interning he learned the ins and outs of the radio station. This experience gave him some insight on the business side of the music industry. He also learned how stations deal with clients, fans and sponsors.
 
Matt Porche draws inspiration from many things. He has a passion for writing and he has translated that passion into music. The way he looks at a song is that you can compose a song from an idea. That idea can not only get people’s attention but also inspire and change their outlook. Matt Porche likes soulful music, and music that let’s people have fun. His music influences come from listening to hip-hop and r&b.  He has many musical influences, which on the hip-hop end include, Tupac Shakur, Biggie, Lil Wayne, Jay-z,Young Jeezy and LupeFiasco. Porche likes Young Jeezy because he captures people through his emotion and he doesn’t hesitate to say what’s on his mind through his music. When it comes to r&b, Porche goes a little bit more old school. He listens and captures inspiration from Usher, Brandy, Stevie wonder, Anita Baker, Prince, Baby Face, and of course Michael Jackson. Something that Porche said during our interview about the current artist out there is this, “The way hip hop is going, people need to understand that music can touch people’s lives. Its still ok to make music that makes people think, makes people feel. It’s ok to be creative. Be an individual.”
 
Porche has released two mixtapes thus far. His latest being titled Free Agent. This was the first time he did everything on his own. He wrote, produced and rapped on this mixtape. His next mixtape should be out in mid January. There is no title as of yet but the music is coming along stupendously. This mixtape is not like his previous work because he is aiming for a more fun approach. With his previous work he was a little bit more serious, but his goal for this mixtape is to give people something they can have fun to. What Porche says about this mixtape is, “I want to show people I can have fun and still be creative.”
 
In the future Matt Porche sees himself somewhere in the music industry. If he happens to not be on the artist side of things he sees himself on the business side. Maybe as and A&R, business manager or maybe even working in public relations. Regardless of what the future holds for Matt Porche, one thing is for certain he will be around music.

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