Today we’d like to introduce you to Chinasa Broxton Okorocha and Carlos Dashawn Moore of Tribe Mafia. Chatting with , we got a chance to talk with Tribe Mafia about there Music, lifestyle and influence.
Tell us who you are, where you’re from and what you do for a living?
We are known as Tribe Mafia, the “hometown heroes” based out of Austin, Texas. The members of this Hip-Hop duo are Chinasa Broxton and Carlos Moore. As artists, we’re constantly creating new music and performing at countless showcases.
Tell us your story from before the music, when did it all start?
Carlos Moore: Before music, I was expressing myself through a different form of art which was drawing. Also, since sports was highly influential in my life prior to music, I was playing basketball and running track. But music has always played a part of my life, so there wasn’t really a transition into it.
Chinasa Broxton: Before I started getting into rap, I was doing musical theatre in middle school. I had a big crush on my middle school teacher so anything that she requested from me was considered done. I would automatically say yes to anything my teacher would ask while also being a troublemaker in her social studies class. To seek attention from her, I would beatbox on the table and sing acapella songs from Donnell Jones, Anthony Hamilton, Bobby Caldwell and Boys 2 Men. She asked me to audition for the play “Annie Jr.,” because I had a great voice and so I did. I was later casted as “Mr. Warbucks,” one of the leads. After middle school I got into doing more extracurricular activities such as talent shows, sports, and more works of theatre.
Carlos Moore: We started writing music weeks after we met. We met each other playing basketball at our hometown park. We were also pretty popular in grade school. We created a music group, which at the time, was composed of 4 members and we were known as Mix Breed Bros (M.B.B). We went from performing at lunch tables amongst our peers to doing pep rallies. After high school, we started performing at local venue parlors such as coffee shops, tattoo parlors, barber-shops, and small venues downtown. After building a respected amount of recognition in our city, we were offered to perform paid shows during the SXSW spring event. As cliché as this may sound, we strongly believe with hard work and consistency, fulfilling your dreams are very well attainable. We went from recording music in school bathrooms to touring internationally with Akon in Sao Paolo, Brazil.
What were the struggles you faced trying to get your music out there in the beginning?
Chinasa Broxton: In wake of the upbringing of our career, we struggled with meeting people for booking shows, getting fans to pay for events, and building our brand all around. It took a really long time for us to have the network that we have now. We curated our very own event called the “Tribe Mafia Listening Party.” These parties are designed to help other artists, videographers, producers, and models not only create a name for themselves but also give them a chance to network with one another. We think that we are doing our community a great service by offering these parties because when we started off, we had nothing.
Which song was the one?
Carlos Moore: “Like Cola” and “Triple Double” are both our songs that went worldwide for us. “Like Cola” struck over 1 million views on YouTube and “Triple Double” is currently being played on Sirius Radio thanks to DJ Love Dinero and Coach PR from the Weekend Work show.
WATCH: LIKE COLA – Tribe Mafia Ft Mikey See (OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO)
WATCH: TRIBE MAFIA – TRIPLE DOUBLE (MUSIC VIDEO)
When it blew up what was the first thing you thought?
Chinasa Broxton: When we started blowing up, everything just started happening so fast we really couldn’t register everything that was going on with us. We were constantly performing at various showcases, doing back to back podcast interviews, and photo shoots. When our song “Like Cola” reached a million views we were excited, but we were already setting goals for our next mission. Our goal now is to keep growing our brand while helping other emerging local artist from our city.
Do you collaborate with artists that you listen to?
Carlos Moore: We actually do listen to all of the artists that we have collaborated with. With that being said, we are also very picky with artists we choose to work with. If we collaborate with any artists, we most likely have their songs on our daily playlist.
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How many artists have you collaborated with so far?
Chinasa Broxton: We collaborated with over 30+ artist so far.
How big is your team?
Carlos Moore: Tribe Mafia has only two members in its band but as you know, it takes more than the artists to make things happen. We also have our PR team whose firm represents us over at BMP Beverly Hills. Shoutout to Christine and Rachel over at BMP, they are awesome! We also have our own cameraman, Samuel Davis and for sound we have Austin’s Texas most prominent DJ, DJ Mash.
What is the best part of doing what you’re doing and what’s the part you hate most?
Chinasa Broxton: The best part is performing is definitely traveling while the best part of making music is that we are able to always create endless content. When we are booked away from home, we are highly influenced by the environment we are in. We think that’s what makes our music so diverse, because we get to really explore the customs and culture we surround ourselves in.
Carlos Moore: The worst part would have to be dealing with scammers, working with other talents who aren’t as motivated, and being able to control any unforeseeable events.
Are you addicted to something? And what would that be?
Chinasa Broxton: I’m addicted to overworking myself. I can go days without eating in order to fill the empty void. I am a natural workaholic, once I set my mind on something I will work restlessly until I achieve it.
Carlos Moore: Hookah. I collect pods and want to taste all of the flavors and combinations. One day I hope to own my own hookah lounge business. They are the best spots for me to chill while also listening and writing music.
An Exclusive Interview with TDKMULAA
Today, we have the privilege of delving into the world of TrillionDollaKidd, a brand that has risen to prominence over the past three years, captivating the fashion scene with its unique approach to clothing and unyielding commitment to quality. Join us as we sit down with TrillionDollaKidd’s founder, owner, and creative director, the visionary behind this iconic label, to uncover the driving force behind its success and to gain insight into what makes TrillionDollaKidd stand out in a crowded industry.
Q1: Can you share some highlights of TrillionDollaKidd’s journey over the past three years? What accomplishments are you most proud of?
In the past three years, TrillionDollaKidd has been to many places and met many influential people that others have trouble coming across, from packed-out shows selling merchandise to being in rooms with stars, influencers, and celebrities. We have also been in many other magazines throughout our journey.
Q2: How did you come up with the name TrillionDollaKidd, and what does it represent for your brand?
I came up with TrillionDollaKidd being in the car with my family and just chopping it up about what we wanted to do in life (this was around 2019). I came up with the name TrillionDollaKidd by thinking outside the box and wanting to be different. TrillionDollaKidd stands for individuals who see no limits in what they can do or achieve, and that’s with Anything. We see ourselves as overachievers and everybody around us as well.
Q3: As the founder/owner and creative director, how do you balance your creative vision with the practical aspects of running a fashion brand?
As the founder and creative director, I balance both positions by studying the game and business of fashion. It’s hard work, but being smart and studying particular niches will take a long way in balancing and staying on top of both positions.
Q4: TrillionDollaKidd is often called “the brand for all hustlers.” Can you elaborate on the inspiration behind this tagline and how it reflects in your brand’s identity?
Yes, the brand for all hustlers stands for individuals who see every day as a hustle with anything. That’s how you stay on top of the game and be strategic like a hustler. Hustlers are intelligent, bold, strategic, and risk-takers like everyone in everyday life. Working jobs is even a hustle, so everyone in the world is considered a hustler somehow, and my brand shows them this every time.
Q5: Quality seems to be a core value for your brand. Could you share more about your approach to ensuring the highest quality in your clothing?
Yes, We want nothing but the best quality materials here at TrillionDollaKidd. Without good quality, I feel like we are our customers and ourselves. As a luxury fashion business, it’s essential to give our customers the best, especially when it comes down to dominating our competitors.
Q6: TrillionDollaKidd focuses on limited pieces rather than fully stocked items. What’s the reasoning behind this strategy, and how does it benefit your customers?
We benefit from our one-of-one pieces, our limited edition collections, because everyone wants to feel special in their own way. So we make them feel unique and drop collections that, if sold out, will take a long time to restock or no restock. This makes customers feel they have exclusive one-of-one materials and gear from the best brands.
Q7: What do you believe sets TrillionDollaKidd apart from other streetwear and designer fashion brands?
Our collections, customer service, materials, and designs differentiate us. We try not to copycat but make nothing but authentic designs that are only for our brand. We make our patterns and more, marking our fashion industry path.
Q8: Could you discuss the importance of expressing your talents through fashion and how this passion drives your work at TrillionDollaKidd?
Fashion has always been my passion, but seeing others in my creations makes it 10 times better for me even to have a brand, making me push harder every day. Then, the fact of being different, I like how it separates me from other designers or entrepreneurs.
Q9: In the ever-evolving fashion industry, what trends or changes do you anticipate for TrillionDollaKidd in the near future?
We plan on making or dominating any way that comes in the fashion business with our designs and more.
Q10: How does the Chicago location influence the brand’s identity, and are there any plans to expand beyond this location?
Chicago or Illinois period is a good spot for us because this is home. People love to see someone from their hometowns become successful, famous, or whatever the deal is because it gives them hope. I give my people hope, which helps us more as a brand.
Q11: Lastly, what advice would you give aspiring fashion entrepreneurs who want to make their mark in the industry based on your experiences and success with TrillionDollaKidd?
I advise all upcoming entrepreneurs and designers to stay consistent, stay true to themselves and their dreams, study the game, and run their business. Don’t let the business run you. Don’t let any of that go over your heads. – TDKMULAA
Behind the Melodies: Unveiling the Soulful Saga of Chart-Topping Americana Maestro, Bill Abernathy!
How would you describe your musical style?
I’d say it’s a mix of a lot of things. I mainly aim to make the lyrics stand out, so the style can change based on what I’m trying to say in the song. Most people say my sound is close to Folk/Rock, but I’ve heard others throw around terms like Americana or Acoustic Rock too. I’m pretty much an acoustic guitar guy, and that vibe comes through in a lot of my songs. But don’t be surprised if you catch some Country or Rock and Roll when the song calls for it!
What was the inspiration behind your latest album, “More”
I was inspired one day while watching a football game, a passion of mine. As one team solidified their lead, the coach kept urging his players with the word “MORE” as they left the field. This made me reflect on the importance of continuous growth and ambition in life. Instead of resting on our laurels, being “comfortable”, we should consistently push ourselves to achieve more. This philosophy became the central theme for my album, emphasizing the importance of always striving for more and challenging ourselves. Refusing to compromise what could be by settling for what is convenient and easy.
The title cut is a self-reflection examining personal relationships:
“I can’t help but wonder if there can be
More than a friend,
More than a lover,
More than just moments we share with each other.
More than a smile,
More than a touch,
More than just illusion
Of what we call love”.
What has been the most rewarding experience of your career so far?
The best part of making music is hearing that it actually meant something to someone. If someone tells me my song got them thinking or helped them through a tough time, or even just made their day a bit brighter—that’s just the best feeling. I’ve been fortunate to experience those interactions many times in my career. It’s why I do what I do.
What do you think sets your music apart from other artists?
My primary focus in music is on the storytelling and lyrical content of each song. I view life as a complex tapestry of experiences and lessons learned, which I aim to translate into my work. Musically, I employ a lot of acoustic guitar sounds designed to underscore the narrative. The resonance and expressiveness of these instruments serve to direct the listener’s attention to the story I am telling. I don’t think that style is so prevalent in today’s music. It may be what sets me apart from many other artists.
What advice would you give to aspiring singer-songwriters?
Be yourself. The essence of songwriting and performing is to first craft a genuine narrative from one’s own experiences and emotions. Once that’s in place, the music and arrangements should be constructed to amplify and accentuate that story, ensuring it captures the listener’s attention. Authenticity is paramount; it allows listeners to genuinely connect with what’s being conveyed. At its core, music is about forging connections with the audience, allowing them to resonate with the stories shared, and facilitating a shared emotional journey.
What has been the most challenging experience you’ve faced in your career?
It’s intriguing how the process of songwriting unfolds. Sometimes, a story that begins as an observation or an external narrative evolves into something deeply personal. With our first single “Hideaway”, even though it began as an account of someone else’s experience, the journey of crafting it drew out elements that resonated with my own life. Delving into those emotions, bringing them to the surface, and then translating them into a song is a challenging feat. Baring oneself and those feelings for listeners is a vulnerable act, but it’s my sincere hope that I was able to accomplish that depth and sincerity in “Hideaway”.
What has been the biggest challenge you have overcome in your lifetime?
I’m naturally an introvert who loves alone time, but it seems life has always put me in many front-and-center roles, performing music, coaching sports, or leading large groups of people. It’s like I have to switch on this outgoing version of myself, even though I’d much rather be sitting on a rock by a river alone with my thoughts. That’s a real challenge, but it also can be a strength. My quieter side gives me a unique perspective that I try to bring into my public roles. I try to find a way to balance the two—to be the performer when I need to be, and then retire into my cherished alone time to recharge.
How do you maintain an emotional connection with your fans through your music?
Music is like the soundtrack to our emotions, right? When I write songs, it’s not just about the lyrics. The music itself is another way to get those feelings across. I think that’s why some fans really connect with it. They’re not just hearing the lyrics; they’re feeling the music and seeing where my journey crosses paths with theirs. It’s also the way I play the music. When I perform a song, I try to go back to the same place emotionally I was in when I wrote it. I feel it myself and that comes across to my audience and they feel it too. It’s like we’re sharing this emotional ride together, and that’s really special.
How has your songwriting process evolved over the years?
Chasing hits and aiming for that radio-friendly sound is something many artists grapple with. It’s alluring, wanting to create that catchy tune everyone hums along to. But there’s so much more depth in being a storyteller. With time, I’ve realized that the real magic happens when the story takes center stage. Now, for me, it’s all about nailing down the message of the song. Once that’s in place, the melody and other musical elements naturally follow to complement the story. Throw in some unique musical hooks, twists, and turns, and then you may just have something that can resonate on a deeper level, while getting the listeners attention.
What is the one thing that you would like people to remember about you and your music?
I hope they see that I am not just giving listeners just a catchy tune to dance to. I try to offer them something deeper, something more meaningful. I want my music to be a window where people can see into who I am, warts and all, as well as being a mirror to examine themselves. I am challenging them to think, to explore their own lives and feelings, as I personally do when I write the songs. Music that pushes us to confront who we are and what we feel, is the kind of art that leaves a lasting impact. If I am somehow able to accomplish this at some level, and be remembered as such, mission accomplished.