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1.  Review: this is dope!
Date: 2013-11-02 22:44:16

2.  Review: Well written track and sound. Paul.
Date: 2010-08-21 09:57:29
Reviewer: Davies Dawn -- Future Now


POKAFASE's Information

Mesa, AZ

hip hop/rap

About Us:
Pokafase is an anomaly. The self-styled, yet widely agreed upon, "Mayor of Phoenix" is the perfect combination of polar contradictions; he is marketable quality, handsome intelligence, arrogant humility, all while being manageably talented.

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Pokafase is an anomaly. The self-styled, yet widely agreed upon, "Mayor of Phoenix" is the perfect combination of polar contradictions; he is marketable quality, handsome intelligence, arrogant humility, all while being manageably talented. Pokafase was born in Louisville, Kentucky as Alafia Long. He moved to Phoenix at the age of 10, and eventually established himself as a staple in the southwest hip hop scene and a pillar in Arizona's urban community. He began his career as a "battle" emcee and gained respect throughout the country by besting some of the illest rappers the streets had to offer. In 1994, Pokafase and his best friend Corban Carson (a.k.a. Mic Wyld) formed the immensely popular duo known as Know Qwestion and quickly became the toast of the town. Many would argue that KQ, as they were often referred to, set the standard by which Arizona hip hop was measured. Aided by TMC Presents, one of the most successful event promotion companies in Arizona history, the duo was able to break records, break down barriers, and break open a brand new, risqué genre in an all too conservative region of the country. Throughout their documented, six-year reign, Know Qwestion shared the stage with many hip hop legends, Notorious B.I.G., Naughty by Nature, The Roots, KRS ONE, Rakim, Wu Tang, The Fugees, LL Cool J, De La Soul, Sugar Hill Gang, Big Pun, Onyx, Outkast, and Common to name a few. KQ also released the album Eclipse, their most successful effort, which was regarded as a how-to-manual for budding rappers aspiring to prosper in an uncharted, infantile, music scene. Pokafase, as a result, is widely recognized as one of the founding fathers of AZ hip hop, and easily one of the most important and influential people on the southwest music scene. The turn of the century marked the end of the groups run, and signaled the emergence of a solo superstar poised to march onward toward much bigger and much better things. In June of 2001, after a rough year of restructuring and regrouping, soul-searching and decision-making, and soliciting and shopping; Pokafase was approached by a number of labels impressed by a home-studio demo he'd been circulating. With the assistance of Shawn Forbes (Shade 45) Lenny and Jesse Beer at HITS Magazine, and a young employee of theirs named Jeff Rabhan, Pokafase was subsequently signed to a "fairytale" record deal with upstart company Artist Direct Records. Interscope Records co-founder and heir to the Marshal-Field fortune, Ted Field signed Poke himself and looked at the young emcee as a trophy and valuable asset to the labels roster. While at Artist Direct, Pokafase cultivated relationships with super-producers such as Warren G and Scott Storch; and emcees alike, enlisting veterans like EST (3 Times Dope) and Big Proof (D12/Eminem) to assist him in his major label endeavors. Though surrounded by experience and backed by a billionaire, Poke could not escape the financial debacle that ultimately led to the labels demise. No relief on the horizon, Pokafase took it upon himself to expound upon the name and reputation he had built on a foundation of longevity and notoriety in the southwest. He continued touring and booking spot dates, independently, with artist such as Phunk Junkies, GZA, and an up-and-coming 50cent. Exposure was a necessity, so he began more traveling and featuring. Making his presence felt from city to city at major events like the Smokeout Festival, Warped Tour, and any number of Las Vegas Magic Convention Parties, was something Pokafase took great pride in. He continued to diligently record and release music for his fan-base all with goal in mind: reach music industry superstardom at any and all cost. In 2004, Pokafase's perseverance once again paid off in the form of a much-sought-after on-air position with KKFR Power 92.3 FM; the number one /urban/rhythmic station in the state of Arizona, and the number fifteen market in the country. In addition to conducting a successful, statewide, late-night broadcast, for four and a half years Pokafase lent his voice to the trial-blazing, underground, specialty show “Friday Night Flavas.” His presence on the radio helped to shed a much needed light on the local scene, and bolstered the respect and admiration he had already attained in his hometown of Phoenix. Pokafase's newfound position opened doors and allowed him to move as freely behind the scenes as he had previously in the foreground. During his tenure at the station, Poke enjoyed continued success as an artist as well. Power 92.3/98.3 played eight Pokafase records while he was employed, and countless others have seen either regular or mixshow rotation dating back to the late 90's. , As a result he found himself, time and time again, in the midst of opportunity; touring 10 cities with G-Unit, opening for Diddy during the 2008 Super Bowl festivities, and most recently, performing to a sold out Celebrity Theatre crowd just minutes before T.I. graced the stage All-Star Weekend 2009. Pokafase is most at home on stage. His energy and live show is comparable to some of hip hop's greatest performers'. With hundreds of shows to his credit, his professionalism is noteworthy and his performance resume is, arguably, extensive enough to stand alone. The list of artist he has shared the stage with, includes but is by no means limited to: 50 cent Snoop Dogg T.I. Ludacris Notorious B.I.G. Redman and Method Man Wu Tang D12 Lil Flip Chamillionaire Raekwon Ghostface Outkast Diddy LL Cool J Young Buck Rich Boy Game Nas Common Phunk Junkees Incubus Insane Clown Posse Kottonmouth Kings Chronic Future Immortal Technique Paul Wall Warren G Livin Legends Hieroglyphics Naughty By Nature Lil Wayne/ Cash Money Despite his many accomplishments, his quest for the brass ring continues. Pokafase has amassed an impressive catalog to date, with a veritable who's who of an industry supporting cast. Dawn Richard of Danity Kane, Mase, Mario Winans, Royce 5'9", Carlos Broady, Shawty Redd, Next, Proof(R.I.P.), Scott Storch, EST, and Warren G are just a few of the stars who have lent their talents to Pokafase's efforts. From the depths of the underground to the major label mountain top, Pokafase has carried Arizona to the forefront of the music industry, slowing only to stake his claim in mainstream radio. His, skill, versatility, and articulation matched only by his passion, ambition and unconditional love for hip hop.


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2010-08-21 at 19:56:48
"Addiction." Another Great Track. Paul.
2010-08-21 at 19:56:15
If you get a chance, please check out our rock/reggae song and new (flag) video on "ObamaNation." Also, "Take It All Off" & "Never Be Lonely" [Davies Dawn Music (BMI)]. These intimate Country/Stone Rockabilly Ballads and Videos are here on IMRadio (also on Thanks.Paul.
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2010-05-12 at 23:44:20
Nice tunes!
2009-12-04 at 17:13:21
Hello friend, I dig your sound here on IMRadio. Love, Calley
2009-11-17 at 06:59:16
"Exhibitionist" is such a Cool Track done So Very Well. Paul, your fan from Future Now.
2009-11-17 at 06:58:14
TELL EVERY ONE ABOUT IMRadio -- Got to thinking. What if each of us independent musicians told our family, friends, fans and acquaintances about, how besides the main station, it has stations for each of the states individually, 52 countries, and just about every musical genre -- reaching any internet connection around the world. We could tell them in person, on the internet or at small or large venues. Anyone we tell would appreciate the convenience of such good music from independent musicians on their computer. It would be such a good way to help all of us reach even more listeners. With IMRadio, we aren't just waiting at the mercy of some major label to decide whether or not they will let us be heard around the world. There are enough of us that the outreach could be exponential. And, wouldn't it be a great way to say 'thank you' to Paddy and all of the other fine folks who have put on the world's musical map. They have put in money, time, energy and dedication, and all they have asked of us in return is to upload our music and profile. I am sure that they have great plans to publicize IMRadio and bring it to even more listeners. In the meantime, through, wouldn't it be great if we could all help a little by just taking a little time each day to tell family, friends, fans and acquaintances about IMRadio. It wouldn't cost a dime, just a little time. Yours, in Musical Solidarity, Paul.
2009-11-14 at 09:18:55
We dig hearing your songs in IMRadio's radio rotation! Thanks for supporting our new radio station! Peace, Veronica

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