Gilbere Forte - Trials & Tribulations

Gilbere Forte’ may not be a household name yet. But with a drive that is lacking in too many people

Music 
73 Hypes 0 Comments

Gilbere Forte’ may not be a household name yet. But with a drive that is lacking in too many people that are “trying to make it,” a few buzz-worty mixtapes already under his belt, and a list of influences and collaborators that range from Philadelphia compatriot Freeway to French house legend, producer/DJ Bob Sinclair, there’s no denying that his ascension into the upper echelon of not only hip-hop, but the music world as a whole. We had the chance to talk with Forte’ about his most recent project, the recently released EP, Pray, a collection of songs that delve into a personal study of himself. While the record may touch on heavy subjects that always come with a struggle to reach the top, the man behind the music couldn’t have been a more pleasant person. Before we began our chat, he let us know he’d been feeling “blessed, every day.” And it’s hard not to when you see your hard work paying off. Read our interview below to find out what Pray means to him, his thoughts on Los Angeles and Philadelphia, and why he’s been able to connect with audiences around the world.

Let’s talk a bit about your new mixtape, Pray. It deals a lot with your own trials and tribulations in the past year and half and your growth as a person. How does the title fit into that and what was its overall concept?
It was basically my opportunity to restore faith in myself. I was at a point in my career where I didn’t even know if I wanted to do this anymore because of the hardships of being broke but having a strong vision and a crazy passion to make music but you’re not able to get it to pop because of the situation that you’re in. It really took a toll on me. Getting deep into this project, conceptually I was like, I’m gonna create an opportunity for me to find confidence in myself again. That’s where this project came about.

Thematically, Pray is similar to Woodkid’s The Golden Age, dealing with the passage between adolescence and adulthood. It’s somewhat of a personal psychoanalysis. Would you say that Pray serves the same function for you?
Yeah I would say so. And I’m a huge fan of Woodkid so that’s quite a compliment.

There’s been talk of an accompanying short film in the works. When is that looking to be released? How would the movie and soundtrack collaborate?
What my original plan was that this entire project was going to be the ideal soundtrack for this short piece that I’m trying to put together. Hopefully towards the end of the year I’ll be able to have this final product together to go perfect with the project. I just had to put it on the backburner just a little bit because I really wanted to make sure the branding around this particular project was there.

You worked with Active Child twice on Pray. Was there a reason for that? Did you just feel it was a good fit?
I was always a fan of Active Child. When I discovered his music I was like, ‘Yo, this shit’s incredible.’ I honestly didn’t know how to reach out to him or anything like that. So I was like I’ma just e-mail him. So I was able to find his contact information and I e-mailed him I was like, ‘Yo, your music is very inspirational. This is the type of music that I really vibe to.’ Next thing you know he responded back, we linked up in L.A., chopped it up, started vibing out and started creating.

Now along the same vein, fellow Philladelphian RAAK produced all of Pray. What made you go this route instead of picking from a variety of people to produce for you?
Well me and RAAK have been producing together since day one, since the age of 17 all the way up through all the other projects. We both were kind of in the same state, mentally, spiritually. Trying to be successful but still dealing with the quarrels of trying to make it in this business and get your music out there to the world. He knew exactly how I wanted the music to sound and we have a strong chemistry when we work together.

What song on the project do you feel is most important to you?
For me I’d probably have to say “Nolita”. I think overall, it was just the kind of record, a personal story, that I was able to get out of my system and find clarity on. Moving forward within myself and I think that as a whole, the emotion that I put into that record encompasses a lot of the emotion on the entire project. Sonically, the way that track was produced and arranged, it really introduces the sound of music that I’m trying to introduce moving forward. It’s definitely a prelude to what I have coming next.

Even though you’ve been in L.A. for a while now, you split your time between there and Philly. What’s your relationship like with both those cities?
They’re different. Philly’s home. L.A. went from being a place to get away and vacate to being considered another home for me. Being here, as much as Philly, it’s like the best of both worlds. I look to the East Coast for a strong recharge and being on the West Coast, there’s so much more atmosphere that’s so influential on me and the music.

You seem to have quite an international following. Any thoughts on why this might be?
Yeah one of the things that kind of spawned it was when I started to work on a couple house records for a couple DJ’s. Then that spawning to an opportunity to work with Bob Sinclair and traveling to Paris, going out there to promote my music and do a short tour with him. Me going over there and getting that form of inspiration, and I brought it back home, brought it back to the lab, it allowed me to create a new energy in my music that I knew it would have the same effect on people over there as it does domestically. That just gave me a sense of personal entitlement to be a world star.

Outside of the music, and the film you’re working on, do you have any other projects in the works?
I’m actually releasing a Pray hat in collaboration with this L.A. based brand called Let Us Pray. I thought it was pretty sick that they were able to get my vision, and ironically, my hat named Pray. They were just very supportive of my campaign so I’m happy that I’m able to get those out too. It’s sort of an extension of me.

Any last words for the fans?
You can find any information on me at GilbereForte.com. I got a lot of new viral stuff coming out. There’s going to be music videos for every record on the project, mostly. I’m honestly just trying to utilize this project as an introduction to who I am and I hope everybody gets a chance to appreciate it the way I do.

Read Full Article

What to Read Next

TOYQUBE and BAPE Release 'Wooden Milo' Sculpture
Art

TOYQUBE and BAPE Release 'Wooden Milo' Sculpture

Available to purchase now.

FRAC Centre Presents "Algiers, Archipelago of Freedoms"
Art

FRAC Centre Presents "Algiers, Archipelago of Freedoms"

“Africa is the space for listening.”

Green Bay Packers Quarterback Aaron Rodgers Is Considering Retiring After 2021
Sports

Green Bay Packers Quarterback Aaron Rodgers Is Considering Retiring After 2021

“I wouldn’t rule that out.”


Steven Harrington and HUF Release "Doobie the Skate Rat" Vinyl Figure
Art

Steven Harrington and HUF Release "Doobie the Skate Rat" Vinyl Figure

Selling out within minutes.

A Look at the Lamborghini Sesto Elemento
Automotive

A Look at the Lamborghini Sesto Elemento

Succeeding ‘A Surreal Look into Lamborghini’s Egoista,’ the Italian carmaker delivers yet another

Final Fantasy XV Trailer
Gaming

Final Fantasy XV Trailer

As a generation that grew up, at least in part, plugged into a television with a game controller

Snakehips - Make It
Music 

Snakehips - Make It

It is safe to say that the production game has been subject to high standard submissions. The

Prada 2013 Fall/Winter Campaign
Fashion

Prada 2013 Fall/Winter Campaign

Luxury Italian label Prada begins to roll out the campaign for their Fall/Winter 2013 collection,

Tantum 2013 Summer Collection
Fashion

Tantum 2013 Summer Collection

LA-based Tantum is no stranger to summer. This season, the purveyor of domestically-made bucket


First Official Video of 2014 Need for Speed Movie
Entertainment

First Official Video of 2014 Need for Speed Movie

From the console to the big screen, Dreamworks has unveiled the first official behind-the-scenes

Neil Barrett Cowhide iPad Case
Fashion

Neil Barrett Cowhide iPad Case

Neil Barrett is known for many things as a designer, one of those multiple facets being the label’s

Barneys The Window: En Noir
Fashion

Barneys The Window: En Noir

In a very short window of time, all-leather label En Noir has created inroads into the

Givenchy 2013 Shark Teeth-Print Cotton T-Shirt
Fashion

Givenchy 2013 Shark Teeth-Print Cotton T-Shirt

What appears to be a recurring motif already this season, Givenchy debuts the latest Shark

David Lynch & Lykke Li – I’m Waiting Here
Music

David Lynch & Lykke Li – I’m Waiting Here

Following 2011’s Crazy Clown Time, iconic filmmaker and musician David Lynch presents his new

More ▾
 
Subscribe to our Newsletter

Gain access to exclusive interviews with industry creatives, think pieces, trend forecasts, guides and more.

By subscribing, you agree to our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Looks like you’re using an ad-blocker

We charge advertisers instead of our readers. Support us by whitelisting our site.

Whitelist Us

How to Whitelist Us

screenshot
  1. Click the AdBlock icon in the browser extension area in the upper right-hand corner.
  2. Under “Pause on this site” click “Always”.
  3. Refresh the page or click the button below to continue.
screenshot
  1. Click the AdBlock Plus icon in the browser extension area in the upper right-hand corner.
  2. Block ads on – This website” switch off the toggle to turn it from blue to gray.
  3. Refresh the page or click the button below to continue.
screenshot
  1. Click the AdBlocker Ultimate icon in the browser extension area in the upper right-hand corner.
  2. Switch off the toggle to turn it from “Enabled on this site” to “Disabled on this site”.
  3. Refresh the page or click the button below to continue.
screenshot
  1. Click the Ghostery icon in the browser extension area in the upper right-hand corner.
  2. Click on the “Ad-Blocking” button at the bottom. It will turn gray and the text above will go from “ON” to “OFF”.
  3. Refresh the page or click the button below to continue.
screenshot
  1. Click the UBlock Origin icon in the browser extension area in the upper right-hand corner.
  2. Click on the large blue power icon at the top.
  3. When it turns gray, click the refresh icon that has appeared next to it or click the button below to continue.
screenshot
  1. Click the icon of the ad-blocker extension installed on your browser.You’ll usually find this icon in the upper right-hand corner of your screen. You may have more than one ad-blocker installed.
  2. Follow the instructions for disabling the ad blocker on the site you’re viewing.You may have to select a menu option or click a button.
  3. Refresh the page or click the button below to continue.