The Break Presents: Phresher
Brooklyn continues to produce more talent every day. The New York City borough has already gifted hip-hop with the likes of Desiigner and Young M.A, who are becoming household names by the day. Now it looks like the city's next young star, Phresher, is getting his shot at making a name of himself.
The 27-year-old spitta caught fire this summer with his hit record "Wait a Minute." The song quickly started to spread all throughout New York clubs and the video is fast approaching a million views on YouTube. The song caught the eye of 50 Cent and he hopped on the remix. With such a huge record already in his pocket, fans are now waiting for a complete project from the rising rapper.
"I’m dropping an EP in November," Phresher tells XXL. "This EP, I’m excited to drop it. I want to be judged on my body of work. I’m here just to deliver great music. EPs and albums, they tell that story."
Now with his fan base growing and "Wait a Minute" starting to spread to different parts of the country, things are looking bright for Phresher.
"I love the feeling," he adds. "I feel like LeBron [James] or KD [Kevin Durant], when they all there and putting on their best show to prove to you that can take it to another level. But at the end of the day I don’t get caught up in the hype because there can be somebody else coming. I’m just here to work. I want to make sure, label or not, I’m here to win."
Hometown: Brooklyn, N.Y.
I grew up listening to: “I grew up listening to Jay Z, Lil Wayne, Drake, heavily influenced by Jay though; Biggie, Brooklyn, really. There was no cooler kid than Wayne during the time I grew up.. We wanted to be him, he was the guy. He 16, jewelry blingin’, he was definitely someone that I looked at."
"I always been in love with music. I was an athlete first. Once I dropped the ball on that, as far as school and stuff, I said I love music already, let me start to create music. It was an uphill climb but now I’m here. I wasn’t rapping initially at all. When I turned 21 I said I wanted to rap and I just started writing. Like really writing in the lab. I might have wrote a 1,000 songs. I didn’t release them but it still helped me improve; my delivery, what to write and how to say it.
Thus far the only challenge for me is actually trying to balance the career with the personal life. Other than that, I’m battle tested. I already been through so much getting to this point it’s not really nothing musically that can really fluster me. I’m ready, I’m real."
Most people don’t know: “I’m the ultimate humanitarian. I want to see everybody win. I’m aware there’s competition and I want to be No. 1, don’t get it twisted, but at the end of the day I want to see everybody win. I want to see kids win. I want to do so much for the poor and… I just want to see everybody win. There’s no reason why we should be living the way we should be living."
My style’s been compared to: “My sound, I'm so versatile. It’s all over the place. People say I sound like I’m from the Aouth, some say I sound like I‘m from California. Whatever the case may be, when you hear my music, when you hear my body of work… I can’t wait till I drop my project. You’ll hear that I’m very versatile."
My standout records or moments to date have been: “'Wait a Minute,' that’s it. There’s no greater moment than this. I got 50 Cent on my record. I have my days when I go in the studio and be very serious than I have some days where I just go in and have fun. [Making 'Wait a Minute'] was one of those days. It was pure sophisticated ignorance. It was just real fun. I was recording a record and banging on a wall. I was just in that party mode."
My goal in hip-hop is: “My goal in music is to just be a music icon. I’m talking Michael Jackson, Jay Z. I’m talking legendary. My motto is legendary or nothing. I don’t have no plans than being a legend. I ain’t here to play. I’m here to win big."
I’m gonna be the next: "The next big thing, I don’t have no limitations."
Standout: "Wait a Minute"
"On the Low"
"Wait a Minute (Remix)"
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