Brooklyn, New York has always been a melting pot of superb rhyme spitters, home to lyrical gods such as Jay-Z, the late B.I.G. and countless others. Now out of the County of Kings, emerge greatness once again in the form of “Prinxmikul (Prince-Michael).” Born Prince-Michael Gerard Vincent, the lyricist is no stranger to Hip-Hop and its culture, vowing to take rap music to new heights while maintaining the essential elements that made it the art form cherished by many. After over a decade of being behind the scenes, the 31 year old debut with the release of his long awaited mixtape “No Country for Young Men” in the fall of 2011. An instant, street certified classic, “No Country for Young Men” comes across more like an album than a mixtape with mostly original production, interludes and songs that tackle mostly all aspects of life. As stated by Prinxmikul himself, “Some of the joints on there were written and recorded nearly eight years ago, but my music is timeless.” Back in 1997, then 17 years old, the MC formed a group with two friends, Harold “HK” Kennedy and Phife “Go Go Black” Divine, called 7th Element. Boxer Mike Tyson heard the trio and decided to start a record company (Mike Tyson Records) after hearing them free-style one night in Brooklyn. After doing countless shows, opening up for some of the biggest acts of the time to holding ciphers with Hip-Hop legends, the group landed a distribution deal through Warner Bros. At the time, Bryce Wilson and Michael (Blue) Williams were running the label and had the wheels turning for the group to take over the Hip Hop scene. But just as their stardom was rising, 7th element separated because of differences in the direction of the project. Shortly after, the label folded. As stated by Prinxmikul, “It was an amazing time! The music was phenomenal. I remember going up to Hot 97, Funk Master Flex show and free-styling live. We even were hired by the WWE to make a rap version to the Degeneration X theme song. The song is called “The Fist” and is on their certified platinum selling WWE anthology album. They drove us out to their recording studio in Connecticut, where I wrote the song, my partner at the time, HK, is featured on the intro of the song with me; filmed us while we were recording it and aired it on the Fox network while wrestling was on. Over all though, looking back, I’m not mad that it didn’t work out because I was young and didn’t know all I know now.” Prinxmikul decided to go back to school and develop himself as a responsible man after the split from the group, graduating college and traveling the world during his hiatus. However, he could not shake what he was born to do; writing and recording songs on his leisure. With a diverse flow, some say similar to Nas, whom inspired the artist, and lyrics that cross bridges often in the form of sly story telling filled with substance, the world is in for a real treat now that he has returned to his craft. When asked about his goal, the street philosopher stated: “I’m bringing messages back to Hip-Hop music, mainly positive but life is no bed of roses so my songs will mirror the negatives as well. Music needs that balance, ying and yang, all great musicians do it! I’m a reach the world. It’s going to be historical for the culture what I’m about to do! They will mention me in the same breath as John Lennon and Bob Marley when I’m done. I like to call my sound Gutter Conscience,” a term created by the artist to describe his genre of music.


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