Born in rural North Carolina in the late 70′s, Prolif Kochise’s background is as unique as his quasi soulful, but eclectic sound. He stood out as an “A” honor-roll student-athlete in high school while being a captain on the varsity basketball team. He went on to attend an engineering college, obtaining a BS in computer science before later picking up a Master’s degree in Sports Management. His wide array of education serves as a background to the intellectual perspectives he takes on a variety of topics from the moral decay in America, to the self-degradation of today’s youth, to the deterioration of the family, to political unrest, to usage of the infamous “n-word”, to his strong faith in Jesus Christ. Often quoted as shunning being boxed in to a genre, Prolif’s music straddles categorical lines of hip-hop, inspirational, conscious, spiritual, and easy listening.
Reared in a single-parent home with an older brother, kochise was taught the values of humility, hard work, goal setting, family, self preservation, conserving resources for rainy days, and understanding one’s identity in the Lord. His passion for rhyming was birthed out of an early desire to write poetry. “It was something that came natural to me. I would love making my sentences rhyme in my English classes in grade-school, even when we didn’t have to,” he confesses. Eventually his love for the art blossomed into writing full length poems and later, verses.
Not only a talented lyricist, but prolif solidifies his art by also producing his own music. Influenced by the boom-bap hip-hop of the early-to-mid 90′s as well as a myriad of other types, including classical, techno, disco, and piano jazz, prolif blends a variety of harmony to his sound, mostly all sample based. “Sampling was one of the key building blocks of hip-hop,” kochise explains. “Today we see an increase in more electronic keyboard based music, but I rely mostly on the art of sampling – chopping, re-arranging, looping, and then adding bits and pieces of instrumentation here and there as icing.”
Straying from the vulgar, explicit imagery and language filling today’s hip-hop, prolif prides himself on making good, clean, music that impacts the soul, moves the mind, and touches the spirit. “I want to provide an alternative to a lot of the prevailing music of today,” kochise explains. “I’m not here to bash anyone for exercising their First Amendment rights, but instead I want to show people that there are other paths to musical creativity than the cookie-cutter ones we currently see.”
With a combination of sophisticated lyrical techniques and varying cadences, in 2007 Prolif Kochise offered a retro-soulful experience on his first LP. Fittingly entitled Soul Sample, its dichotomy in meaning, as described on the album’s title track, stems from the sampling of old soul music for many of the songs and the open-door vulnerability he displays throughout.
Continuing in the same vein, kochise returned to the recording booth in 2010 to unveil his second LP entitled Intellectual Property. As with his first full length release, prolif uses duality of meaning in the album title. Focusing on thought-provoking subject matter coupled with detailed attention paid to the record industry’s lock on the art of sampling, he merges the two ideas seamlessly.
An underground trailblazer in his own right, prolif kochise is a refreshing breeze of newness, primed to flood the airwaves with, what he calls, the “return of the good dudes.”
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