I experienced A LOT of unique moments in my life that were life changing musicmoney meets @THIF2016
By owston, Nov 6 2017 01:00AM
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THIF is an American hip hop duo formed in 2015 in Metro Atlanta, Georgia, composed of Atlanta-based rapper Johnnie "Bravo" Stafford and Southeast GA based rapper Dondrea “Dre Dai" Geter. The duo met at Georgia College & State University as former basketball teammates and college roommates back in 2002. Achieving both graduate and career success in education as teachers in the early 2000s, the two decided to create the musical group T.H.I.F., which stands for "That’s How I Feel” and represents a musical movement that incorporates positive and educationally infused messages relevant to the world today. The southern hip-hop movement is influenced by many genres of music such as Hip-Hop/ R&B, Gospel, Blues, Funk, Country and Pop.
The rap duo is set to release their first single "Good Times” on July 31st, 2016, which is off of their self-titled album "That’s How I Feel” set to be released in 2017. The second single "City Lights" is set to be released in August of 2016.
@THIF2016 presents THIF MIXTAPE
I grew up as a 80s baby in a Southeast Georgia rural town known as Alamo. Things were a lot different back then so today I consider myself a bit old school. My 105 year old grandmother instilled in us the importance of respect, education, and family. Born into a family of educators, I was thankful to have a mother that passed down those same values that are so important today. I was fortunate enough to get the chance to go to college where I took full advantage, completing everything from a bachelors to a doctorate degree. Music has always been a part of my life and I have always desired to make music. In 2001, while in college at Georgia College & State University, I was once part of a group known as Nhyme, which included myself and 3 other family members. This is also around the time I met my best friend and partner in crime Johnny “Bravo” Stafford who was my college basketball team mate and roommate.
How did THIF start? Where did the idea come from?
“Man…THIF is something that was created way before now, from my point of view anyway. THIF started for me when I was growing up. I experienced A LOT of unique moments in my life that were life changing. To give an example in detail, from what a good father figure looks like compared to what a bad father figure looks like. I was exposed to some good things like love, but when I say love I’m not referring to meeting my first sweetheart; I’m talking about seeing a sacrifice by another for another, being told the truth about things even if it was some hard core truth. That’s the love I’m referring to. I was also being exposed to some not-so-good things. I can’t say I never thought about rapping, but I did when I was back in college like almost everybody else who had those rap sessions with their homies. Whenever the conversation got real; however, I fell back on ‘I can and only will rap about things I have experienced’ and what was hot was someone rapping about all the things he had and so on. Not my COMFORT ZONE AT THE TIME. Basically, I DIDN’T HAVE MUCH TO BRAG ABOUT LIKE THAT. Honestly, I didn’t feel comfortable rapping about things I didn’t have, and I didn’t want to sound like everybody else. Now, a little older, but a lot wiser, I rap about THE truth, lies, and things I have REAL EXPERIENCE WITH like both sides of the law, education, relationships, autism and GOD. I’m gaining more knowledge every day.