1000 BARS (Flint, MI) – Life of a Dopeboy /// UndergroundHipHopBLOG.comPosted: February 26, 2013
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.
Currently Bars has learned how to master his artistry. He has perfected his craft
and has made a unique distinctive sound of his own. His 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
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
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.