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Meet Prince Kofi of Inner Circle Gang in Inglewood

Today we’d like to introduce you to Prince Kofi.

Prince, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I was born August 10th, 1990 in College Station Texas. My father from Ghana a country in West Africa, my mother is from Paducah Kentucky. They raised me on Motown music and everything that shaped the genres we love. I grew up in the church singing in the choir and began writing poetry young, started with music around 13 and the passion just continued to evolve as the skills developed.

I’m an only child who always found myself surrounded by different groups, I played sports, did a musical once in high school, did my thang in the streets, an found a way to keep my grades tight. (mama didn’t play that shit haha) Went to Washington State University where I performed in a collective, we opened up for people like Ludacris, Chingy, Gorilla Zoe and more during that stint from 2008-2013, then I moved to LA.

I worked under Kevin McCall got to watch Tank, Jamie Foxx and others create music and just learned a lot about the industry there. Then I began to go through the underground and met Rucci BossMan and the Mackk & Co team, Kee Riches his squad, Skeme and others and just been tryna forge my place ever since.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
It’ s never really been easy, of course it’s cliche, but if it were everyone would do it. I’ve been persistent my whole life, when I first came to LA a ride flaked I didn’t know the bus system it was like my second time out here, I walked from LMU to Culver City for an interview in my suit couldn’t afford a taxi just made it happen. Times like those make the blessings and challenges now easy to get through. I won’t let anything stop me, I got a sociology degree but have finessed jobs in advertising at Viacom (MTV, VH1, etc.), Complex Magazine, and now I work for BuzzFeed as my day job to fund the dream.

I got a gift of gab, I mean if I can get in your ear ima connect with something inside you that makes you remember me. The hardest thing at times is to be patient really, you watch ya patnas get signed, get shelved, get poppin, or fall off you always wondering when my turn gone be?

I realize now though if things happened how I “wanted” them to, they likely wouldn’t have been in my best interest, so for now… I just want to create, continue to surround myself with like-minded people and people who can challenge me and wait for that moment when I can tell I am beginning to strike the vein that is gonna lead to me striking gold.

We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
I am a songwriter, artist, actor, and philanthropist. Most people know me as an artist, I sing and rap but I also write for other people or projects. Like last year I did something for HBO, we just submitted a bunch of layers and they took a few cuts for the intro to this comedy special they had, it ran on national tv and was my biggest achievement yet but as soon as I saw it, I thought… What’s Next?? Ha, I am probably my worst critic but it helps me stay sharp.

The Inner Circle Gang is my holistic brand, it focuses on the importance of those around you, hang around four bums you’ll be the 5th one, four bosses well you get the gist of it. I essentially want to use this music as a platform to tell my story, the stories of others and bring people together who never would’ve met. I inspire change and always get people from all walks of life in the same room.

So my goal is to spread that, share the knowledge I have gathered along the way and thus change the world. I always thought I would have to be like a superstar to make an impact but what I’ve done can be the pinnacle of success to someone, so I began putting together plays like @ThePlugPanel.

I will start by having industry professionals, old co-workers from Complex Mag and other places share their story with youth, drop some gems and try to give them the inspiration they may need to see they can do it too.

So what sets me apart is I really don’t care about everyone knowing my name, my brand, the fame. My goal is to leave this earth better than I came to it, so whether through songwriting, the shine as an artist, the community work being a philanthropist behind the scenes, it really doesn’t matter to me, I know what my purpose is and I will work till its fulfilled in every sense of the word. Don’t get it twisted though, we gone touch some paper mayne!

What is “success” or “successful” for you?
I feel that you have to work until you no longer have to introduce yourself.

In a sense, there will always be something to learn, new heights to reach, and goals to set but for me? It has to do more so with being comfortable financially, being able to take care of me and mines and chip off the fam with something whether thats a few hundred or thousand monthly.

I never really do shit for myself, like I make 500 or 1000 or whatever and I go spend 60% of it with people I love, It’s just how I’m cut. So the success for me will be felt when I can do that more often, when I am in a position to put people on and help them eat even more than I do now and to truly have an incubator to launch the success of others and have the resources to touch whatever I need to carry out my many visions.

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