Philly R&B quartet MPrynt has been laying the groundwork for their budding career and are poised to make an impact as a male R&B group. The talented Motown group, consisting of members Budda, Rael, Tyce and Faheem, understands the commitment it takes to make it, and have been making the right sacrifices for each other to help the group thrive.
In out sit down with the boys, they spoke about their uniqueness as a group, fights that keeps the group stronger, brotherhood, Ferguson, MO, and more. They even blessed us with a harmonious a cappella.
How did this group come together man?
M-Prynt (Rael): Budda and I was in the group together first. That kind of didn’t work out, so we linked up with Tyce, and through a mutual friend, we linked up with Fah, and we’ve been together for four years now so it's time.
So four years, in a time where groups are hard as hell to keep together, what kind of chemistry keeps you guys together? How do you work together to make sure everyone gets what they want out of the product? There's going to be arguments, there’s going to be all kinds of things. How do you guys put your feelings aside for the group?
M-Prynt (Budda): Honestly, we know when we are wrong or right, so most of the time we might just be in our feelings about certain situations but that’s something we kind of work around, know what I mean? We're definitely going to have disagreements with each other or stuff like that, know what I’m saying? Or we might be mad at each other, but we hold court and talk it out even if we gotta fight, we fight… we talk… we do whatever. We cry together; we're brothers… it’s more than just business… it’s more personal, you know? We’ve been rocking for a while now. We gone be together, so y’all might as well get used to us.
So what’s your fights like? I know when I was growing up, fights with my friends were like lets go outside, knuckle up and then we’re friends after.
M-Prynt (Rael): That’s what it is. At the end of the day, like I said, we’re brothers. You gon' fight your blood brothers, but you know afterwards, it’s all love, know what I mean? Get some stuff off your chest and keep it moving.
So creatively, what’s a session like with M-Prynt?
M-Prynt (Fah): It’s a nice range. Depending on who we’re working with, you can catch us in here writing maybe even producing. Like my brother here is crazy in both those ranges [referring to Tyce]. We've had the pleasure to work with a lot of people, including our production company Go Music.
What is it that makes this group unique?
M-Prynt (Tyce): Where do we start? (Chuckles) We can go through all the basic things like we all sing lead and we learned to play guitar, know what I mean? But I think more than anything, it’s going to be music that differentiates us from everybody else. We just want to keep putting out good music that people can relate to… A healthy musical gumbo of all our different styles and influences that’s just good for your soul. So for whatever you’re going through, we want to have a song that you can relate to and I think that’s what’s special about MPrynt, we can relate to big genres… maybe that’s not the right word, but a mass amount of people. We have young fans, old fans, and in between. Even with our single, "Don’t Hurt Me," it’s got some nostalgia and H-Town and Tupac feel to it, but we put our own spin on it. It makes it new for this day and age. There's kids that have never heard of H-Town or weren't there to experience Tupac. We're not trying to bring back anything, I think that’s just a misconception, we’re just trying to give you good music.
As you mention H-Town, what groups or artists inspire this group?
M-Prynt (group): Definitely H-town, Boyz II Men, Jackson 5, Jodeci, Dru Hill, New Edition, and The Temptations… All the greats. We honor them… Like we pay homage to them. Even the Philadelphia scene with the Delphonics and the Stylistics… Can’t forget them.
Knowing Philadelphia is rich when it comes to soul music, how does that inspire the music that you guys produce now?
M-Prynt (Tyce): Being from Philadelphia and knowing Philadelphia has such a rich musical history, you can go back to acts that came out of that world, especially when it was really heavy with the neo-soul, with the Jill Scotts and the Jasmines and all of those acts… That in itself was all made like I said before in a big gumbo. You'll hear these influences somewhere in our music. We just want to carry that torch that Philadelphia has man. We don’t want to be known for just one genre of music, we just want to be known for making really good music. Its more than enough out here for everybody man, so big ups to everybody that’s still out here keeping up with the keep up.
So on a different note, I know you've all been paying attention to what's happening in Ferguson, how do you guys feel about the whole situation?
M-Prynt (Tyce): I mean personally… It’s kind of heartbreaking. All I can say is 'man aren't we past this?' The sad reality is that we're not. And this is not the first case, this is just one that have been amplified by major media. I have gone thru different discussions with friends of mine about pros and cons of the situation; just being African Americans in general and being young black men ourselves, know what I mean? It could’ve been anyone of us. I think I’ll speak for M-Prynt when I say media as a whole need to start presenting the facts in the right light, so that justice can be served in the right light. A young man lost his life and it was unnecessary. And there are so many other young men that are losing their lives every day due to some nonsense, and sadly some of it is on the authoritative side… Hopefully this doesn’t just get swept under the rug. Troy Davis and a bunch of other things that happened. We gotta stand up and be strong and say something. It can’t always be about just a beat or just a song, this stuff has to start meaning something, and we have to take a stand to make a difference. That’s what we're here to do, leave an M-Prynt, but we also want to make this world a better place. If we’re not doing that, then what are we doing this for?
Now that you guys are signed, prepping yourselves, and making some noise, who are you excited to work with in the future?
M-Prynt (group): We're excited to work with Sevyn Streeter. Definitely The-Dream, R.Kelly The Pied Piper (laughter and singing); It’s really just a lot of people we really want to work with. The whole music scene period. Definitely we've had a chance to work with some heavyweights like Channing Lewis, Ne-Yo, Babyface, and Tank.
What should fans expect from your stage show?
M-Prynt (Rael): Definitely expect good music; we go up there and give you who we are, real, honest MPRYNT. It’s going to be a good time, good experience.