About 1000 BARS
It appears that on the 4th day of most month’s, many entertainers and great leaders are born. August 4th Obama was born, September 4th Beyonce was born, December 4thJay-Z was born and so on. On November 4th, another star can be added to that tradition. This day not only marks greatness, but it also was the birth and beginning of Algemon Winfrey, also known as 1000 Bars. He was Born and raised in Flint, Michigan, one of the toughest places on earth to learn how to grow and survive. Bars had experienced and seen a lot at a very young age. These experiences both good and bad, helped mode him into the individual he is today.
Riding around with his older brother in the flashiest cars at just 8 years old, with the speakers blasting such artist in his ear like Nas, Rakim, Big L, Jay-Z and Tupac was when Bars discovered he wanted to pursue music as a serous career. He started to develop a style of his own by listening and studying various artists and their lyrics. At age 10, Bars and his cousin formed the group, Two Hard Youth. Creating a hype in Flint, the group’s manager was close to closing a deal with Tommy Boy Records. However, that particular deal at the moment would not have been in their best interest, so they declined the opportunity.
As the years progressed, Bars persistently continued writing and rapping. He competed against other rappers in his neighborhood and city, as well as performed at various talent shows and venues. At 16, Bars and other acquaintances from his local neighborhood formed a group called Bred Thoro. It consisted of five members, Banzi, Mass Money, Chino, Apollo and Flint City’s own 1000 Bars. Bars and a couple of his close friends went on to create their own record label, Family Over Riches Entertainment. Opening up for different artists such as Fabolous, Too-Short, The Clipse, Ludacris and D-12 to name a few, 1000 Bars gained exposure and familiarity in the music industry and popularity in his city.
Bars now known for his music was also well-known and respected in the streets as an intelligent hustler. He was labeled this because of his street wittiness and credibility. He was wisely able to hold his “weight” in the streets accumulating money while still attending college. Bars first love apart from music was basketball, but due to the quick money he was getting in the streets he turned down an out of state athletic scholarship and attended Eastern Michigan University to stay close to home. In December 2004, Algemon received his Bachelors of Business Administration in Marketing.
Shortly thereafter in October 2004, Bars became the C.E.O and Co-Owner of what is soon to become one of the biggest record labels in the world. After re-uniting with his older cousin James 'Jody' Arnold, they decided to form another label in addition to Family Over Riches Entertainment called Dope Boy Records.
Currently Bars has learned how to master his artistry. He has perfected his craft and has made a unique distinctive sound of his own. “Dope Boy” music is edgy, urban, hip and street. It symbolizes the struggles, pressures and pain of today’s society. Anyone could connect to his Dope Boy music from people involved in the streets to those who live in the hood; while giving them inspiration, motivation and hope to make it out of the streets, be successful and achieve their goals. 1000 Bars has the ability and talent lyrically to tell vivid story’s by painting descriptive images that are relatable to people around the nation. Breezing through high school, succeeding in a couple court cases and obtaining a Bachelors of Business all with ease; Bars has already began his journey on the road to success.
1000 Bar’s is currently shopping for the right deal. He has turned down several record contracts and is patiently waiting for the right major label’s backing. With his single "I’m Feelin’ Myself," produced by Emperor Searcy of BME and Bengi currently spinning everywhere, from Atlanta, local and XM Satellite radio stations, even in the nightlife to energized club crowds. Bars has gained a tremendous diverse following in the Midwest that both follow and support Dope Boy Records. He has witnessed the product of his own success.
Along with “I’m Feelin’ Myself,” 1000 Bars has also released 3 solo albums, 1 group project and numerous mix tapes. His solo albums Live Young Die Rich, Dope Boy 4 Life and From the Streets have all to date sold approximately over 35,000 copies and soundscans. Moreover, his group’s project Meet the Fam, was also estimated to have sold more than 5,ooo street copies.
"I'm ready for the industry after years of dedication and mistakes I [have] finally defined myself. I feel like music is a blessing for me, I'm comfortable with it and I enjoy it. One way or the other, I'm going to make my presence felt in this music game."
If you haven't heard about 1000 Bars, eventually you will. Trust me; you will know Dope Boy Music when you hear it. That alone separates him from the rest.