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5 Minutes, 5 Questions With… Prolific Exclusive Interview
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(Bosses That Meet Bosses Group)

Joey Pinkney: Who is Prolific? Why did you choose this name to represent the group?

Prolific: Prolific is a music group made up of three members: Matty Norite, Filthy Rich and Ray Blast. We picked the name Prolific because we are involved in so many different aspects of the game from production, beats, fashion, events and parties. Plus, Rich is a show DJ. We get it in real big. You know Prolific.

JP: What does Prolific add to the game that it’s missing?

Prolific: Prolific brings real Hip Hop back to reality. People are just rapping and ain’t saying nothing. Please excuse my improper english, but it is what it is.

JP: What was the most interesting response from a fan that you can remember?

Prolific: Because two-thirds of Prolific is white, when we perfrom just before we get on stage you can see poeple who do not know us backs turn. The second we start playing that hateration turns into head knocking and the party begins. One DJ from Dive FM, Mr. D., said to me in an interview, “Yo Matty, who doesn’t like you?” I said, “Mr D., even my haters love me. Chea!”

JP: What is it going to take to get from where you are to the international status you hope to achieve?

Prolific: “Grussel”. It is a mix between hustling and grinding. You have to be determind because not everyone is going to feel you. That has to be the greatest task that we had to overcome.

When critics give you a bad review because your not the right skin color or you just had a bad day and did not showcase to your full ability, you have to be able to respond and knock ’em out the box in the second round. Bottom line, we have not yet once heard any bells ring, so Prolific keeps on fighting.

JP: What projects do you have coming out in the near future?

Prolific: We are currently working on Mr Keys’ album and mix tape, followed by a mix tape from Prolific and soon to come solo albums from Rich and myself, Matty Norite. We also are involved with Bosses That Meet Bosses Music Group. This is a joint venture with Polo The Fur King, who also manages us and produces our clothing line.

We are currently working with MaggBeatz and Billy Blass who are the top two beat makers and producers in the game. If you don’t know, get familiar.

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5 Minutes, 5 Questions With… Keyshawn Wallace AKA Mr. Keys AKA The King of Hooks Exclusive Interview
5 Minutes, 5 Questions With…
Keyshawn Wallace AKA Mr. Keys AKA The King of Hooks
(Bosses That Meet Bosses Group)

Joey Pinkney: It is well known that all musical instruments are trying to emulate the beauty and power of the human voice. If you had to compare your voice to a musical instrument, which one would it be and how would you describe it?

Mr. Keys:
I’m like the saxophone. When you here the sax you hear soul and feeling. Everything comes out so smooth. Just like me, very smooth.

JP: What can a person expect when they experience a Mr. Keys performance?

Mr. Keys:
In short, just think of Jamie Foxx. That’s what you get from Mr. Keys. You get the comedy, the stage presence, the soulful voice as well as an unforgettable performance.

JP: What childhood experience did you have that let you know that music is your life?

Mr. Keys: I would have to say the day I realized music was my life was the very first time I sang a solo in my church at around 14 years old. I was a member of Charles St. AME. Every Sunday I could not wait to get into that church and sing for the congregation.

JP: Music and fashion go hand-in-hand. How does your visual style compliment your music?

Mr. Keys: Well, my style is very contradictory. Sometimes, I like to go all out and wear customized clothing that my manager “Polo The Fur King” designs.

There are times when a white tee and some jeans is suffice. I guess my music can reflect that at times. There are days when my songs and my tone is very laid back. Then, there are times that I tend to go a little harder with the note to make sure my vision is heard.

JP: Where do you plan to take music in the future?

Mr. Keys: Hopefully, a sold-out arena. I just pray that within time my music can grow along with the era and that I can always stay up to date with what the fans wanna hear.

I’m not saying I’m going to switch up my style. I am always gonna stay true to myself with the music I believe in. I hope I can be someone that can give you that feel good music, that music you can wake up to and go to sleep to and also deal with your problems in life.

I want people to relate to my music and say, “Wow, I ain’t the only person going through that or thinking that.” I want my music to eventually get to a level where someone hears one of my songs and a good memory pops in there head because they were listening to my joints at the time.

I want people to remember my music like they remember the first time they made love, as long as it was good love and not a one night stand.

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5 Minutes, 5 Questions With… Kendra Wisdom Durand, author of Turiya: A Collection of Wordizms Exclusive Interview
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Kendra Wisdom Durand, author of Turiya: A Collection of Wordizms

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A book chock full of an eclectic collection of politically progressive poetry and short stories swathed in cultural awareness with original photography woven throughout.

Joey Pinkney: Where did you get the idea and inspiration to write Turiya: A Collection of Wordizms?

Kendra Wisdom Durand: The structure of the book was loosely inspired by Jean Toomer’s Cane. The ingredients combined to compose most of my short stories was taken from my study of folklore, psychology, and the way in which traditional black communities tolerate change. However, my poetry covers everything under the sun. I use people, places and things that I am familiar with to create fictional tales of life experiences.

JP: What sets Turiya: A Collection of Wordizms apart from books?

KWD: I have been told that the structure of this book is unique. Combining poetry and short stories in one book is risky for a first time self published author, but one that I undertook with joy.

JP: As an author, what are the keys to your success that lead to Turiya: A Collection of Wordizms getting out to the public?

KWD: Authorhouse offered assistance in getting the book in the hands of online distributors, however getting the book on the shelves of bookstores was left solely up to me. As a first time self-published author, I am still learning the trade of marketing my book. I am looking to hire an agent for future projects. Until then, I will continue to sell my book on 125th Street in Harlem, at Venice Beach in LA, attend book fairs across the country, get my book on the tables of street vendors who sell books all over the city and use the internet to boost sells. Cultural events like Kwanzaa can also be used as a resource.

JP: As an author, what is your writing process? How long did it take for you to start and finish Turiya: A Collection of Wordizms?

KWD: My writing process consists of filling up the page with stream of conscious thoughts then going back to revise. I use my Blackberry to type in poems that come to me as I ride the subway or walk down the street. I began this book project on April 1st and it was completed by June 13th.

JP: What’s next for Kendra Wisdom Durand?

KWD: My work has been selected to appear in the anthology “Voices, a collection of poetic works” by White Oaks Publishing. I have a second book of poetry waiting to be published. I have ½ a book written called Still Standing based on a fictional New Orleans family trapped in the attic during Hurricane Katrina. I am determined to one day be listed in Oprah Winfrey’s book club. Until that day comes I will keep pushing forward to get my voice in print.

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