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Posted on 16 Jun 2017 at 7:40am

‘Melodic rapper’ Alonzo May has music in his blood

Alonzo

MARK STOKES  | Illustrator
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Name and age: Alonzo May, 21

Spotted: Lakewood

Occupation: Musician


Alonzo was born in Dallas to an African-American father and a Mexican mother from the bordertown of Laconia, Mexico. He is the oldest child, with two younger sisters.

Musical roots: Alonzo’s dad was a member of Shabazz 3, a hip-hop jazz group popular in the Dallas scene in the late 1990s/early 2000s. Music has always been his love for as long as he can remember and as he grew older he began to take it seriously and work harder with it.

Alonzo describes his own musical style as “melodic rap.” “My music is usually the story of a problem before it gets to the solution. If you would read the lyrics without any music, they would appear pretty dark or menacing, but with the music it sounds melodic.” He is inspired by artists such as Kurt Cobain and Green Day.

Outside interests: His music is hobbies include skateboarding, and writing poetry.

Alonzo plans to continue composing and recording his music, and to branch out into other venues of entertainment such as stand-up comedy. But wherever his future career choices may lead, they will always be based around his artistic integrity.

Find him: YouTube: Purp K. Twitter: @purpk

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition June 16, 2017.

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