“I’m an artist, producer plus an engineer, been grinding with this music way more than a couple years” says Fokis on his new single “Produced By Dr. Dre”. Produced by Fokeezy, (Fokis’ name as a producer) the single is off his upcoming project ‘Underground With Commercial Appeal’ slated for release 2.3.2015!!!
In case you’re not familiar with Fokis, let’s bring you up to speed. Fokis is an emcee/producer who has collaborated with artists such as Joe Budden, Joell Ortiz, Mistah F.A.B., Olu Dara (Nas’ father), & more. He’s worked with producers such as Ty Fyffe, Focus…, Fantom Of The Beat, & Jake One.
Fokis released various projects including the ‘20/20‘ EP (produced entirely by Focus…), ‘The Appetizer’ LP with Punchline (formerly of eMC), & ‘A Vintage State Of Mind’ mixtape. He runs an indie label, Loyalty Digital Corp., which executive produced projects such as ‘An Ode To Reasonable Doubt’ by Skyzoo & Antman Wonder, ‘Barrel Brothers‘ by Skyzoo & Torae, and Sadat X’s upcoming album ‘Never Left’.
He’s also an engineer who has recorded & mixed for Slaughterhouse, Fat Joe, N.O.R.E, Pharoahe Monch, Bun B, Kool G Rap, to name a few. While it may have seemed that Fokis took a hiatus from the rap world, he’s actually spent the last few years hard at work.
“I took some time away from the creating of music so that I could focus on building my company as well as engineer for other artists. I kind of lost the passion for creating music so instead of trying to force things, I just stepped back to help others. I used to want to make music to be rich and famous, now I do it because I am inspired and it feels fun again” –Fokis