Prolifik (rapper)

Prolifik (rapper)
Prolifik
Birth name Michael Joseph Buzi
Born January 9, 1985 (1985-01-09) (age 26)
Origin Bridgeport, Connecticut, United States
Genres East coast hip hop
Occupations rapper/radio personality/TV anchor
Years active 2004–present
Labels Monark Records
Website http://www.myspace.com/prolifik

Michael Joseph Garofalo (born January 9, 1985) better known by his stage name Prolifik is an Albanian-American rapper, radio personality, and TV anchor. He is currently the full-time night jock on WKSS/Kiss 95.7 and the afternoon drive traffic reporter on WTIC-TV/Fox 61 in Hartford, CT.[1]

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Music

Prolifik's lyrical content is a mixture of first-hand experiences, universal themes, and hypothetical situations. Although favoring introspective tracks, he has also released records that are more commercially acceptable and radio friendly.

He released his debut mixtape, Verbal Thoughts in January 2005.[2] This was the only group of work recorded at Smoke House Studios in Bridgeport, CT; all releases following Verbal Thoughts have been recorded at Persico Recording Studios in Queens, NY. Prolifik's sophomore effort Breakin' Dollars was released in June 2007.[3] In 2009, Prolifik released the In Love With Cheerleaders EP, which spawned two singles - Broke (T-Pain spoof) and the title track In Love With Cheerleaders.[4] Verbal Thoughts 2 was released in 2010.[5] The most notable guest appearances included Grafh, Sullee (VH1's White Rapper Show), and Sadat X (Brand Nubian).

Prolifik has hinted on his Facebook page that he'll be releasing his official debut album Chain Links And White Pickets through a major label sometime in 2011.[6] The project has already garnered a good amount of attention due to two commercially successful singles - Drunk Dialing and One More Night. Videos for both songs were shot in late 2010.[7] All material thus far has been released through Monark Records, LLC.

Radio

Prior to landing nights on WKSS, Prolifik co-produced Keith Sweat's syndicated radio show The Sweat Hotel and helped operate the weekend edition of the Steve Harvey Morning Show at Premiere Radio Networks in New York City. Up until late 2010, Prolifik hosted the nationally syndicated show In Tha Cypher. Prior to the shows cancellation, In Tha Cypher had 17 affiliates.[8] Some of the shows guests include T.I., Sean Paul, Jason Derulo, Talib Kweli, Flo Rida, Rick Ross, David Banner, The Clipse, AZ, Jadakiss, Wyclef, Mims, Red Cafe, etc. In 2008 In Tha Cypher won the award for "Best Hip-Hop Radio Show" at the Underground Music Awards held in NYC, beating WQHT/Hot 97's Kay Slay and WWPR/Power 105.1's Marley Marl. Aside from WKSS/Kiss 95.7, Prolifik has been heard on other Clear Channel stations such as WFKS/97.9 Kiss-FM, WKCI/KC101.3, WNSL/SL100, WKSI/98.3 Kiss-FM, WQEN/103.7 The Q, and WKKF/102.3 Kiss-FM.

Awards/Nominations

Prolifik won the award for "Most Original Male Solo Artist" in August 2007 at the Underground Music Awards held in New York City.

In December 2007, he advanced to the finals in the Apollo Theater's legendary competition, Amateur Night at the Apollo.

In April 2010, Prolifik was nominated by Boston's New England Urban Music Awards in two categories - "Best Male Rapper" and "Best Male Radio Host".

In July 2011, after 10 weeks of fan voting, RadioFacts.com named Prolifik the No. 1 DJ in the country.[9]

Discography

Albums

  • Chain Links And White Pickets (TBA)

Mixtapes

  • Verbal Thoughts (2005)
  • Breakin' Dollars (2007)
  • In Love With Cheerleaders EP (2009)
  • Verbal Thoughts 2 (2010)
  • Verbal Thoughts 3 (TBA)

Compilations

  • Streets Enigma Magazine: The Mixtape (2005)
  • Street Connfinement: Underground Rap Vol. 1 (2005)
  • Street Connfinement: Under New Management (2006)
  • Bullyin' The Streets Vol. 3 (2006)
  • PLAY Magazine: Music To Waste Your Wednesdays By Vol. 1 (2006)
  • CT Untouchables Vol. 2 (2007)
  • 5th Annual UMAs: "This Is Why We Were Nominated (2007)
  • Webster Theater Compilation CD Vol. 1 (2007)

Features

  • Royce da 5' 9" - Know My Name (2007)
  • Grafh - Ridin' Clean (2009)
  • Sadat X (of Brand Nubian) - Divine Cypher (2010)
  • Sullee (from VH1's White Rapper Show) - Business (2010)
  • Ying Yang Twins - In Love With Cheerleaders (remix) (unreleased)

References

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