Phor is an artist with something to say, whether he’s creating music, tattooing, working out, or using his platform to promote positivity and self-love. For any individual growing up in the South Side of Chicago, the battle is triumphing through the hardships of the neighborhood and doing whatever it takes to make something of yourself.
You may have seen Phor on VH1’sreality television show Black Ink Chicago, which speaks volumes to his love and passion for his city. While he fell into tattooing by accident nearly a decade ago, the “Cardio” rapper is a walking testament that you don’t have to be boxed into one career, but rather a multidimensional creative in its truest form.
Phor’s biggest hit to date includes 2017’s “Chi-Town,” which he describes as an anthem for his city similar to “Welcome To Atlanta” by Jermain Dupri. It later received a standout remix from Chicago legends BumpJ, Twista and Lil Durk.
Most recently, Phor released his new single “Comfy” inspired directly by quarantine and the mandated lockdown due to COVID-19. The record currently holds fans over until the arrival of his forthcoming project titled Self-Love — raising awareness for mental health while speaking volumes to the current state of the world.
Flaunt caught up with Phor via Instagram Live to discuss the importance of mental health, how he fell into tattooing, biggest musical influences, new single “Comfy,” his fitness routine, and more!
For those who don’t know, who is Phor?
Expect the unexpected. Most importantly, somebody with a good heart. I look at myself as an inspiration. Motivator, I like to give people that type of energy. Think of a positive person, somebody who wants to see you win.
Hailing from Chicago’s South Side, what was the household like growing up?
I was raised with all women, so I have a lot of respect for the ladies. I’ve always been a giving person. My father wasn’t in my life so I had to be the man of the house. I had to do what I had to do, step up and make sure they were straight. I was a little boy taking care of a grown man’s responsibility.
You started doing music at 14 years old. What was Phor like then?
I was clearly outside with my neighborhood friends. My homeboy was really good at freestyling about anything in front of him. I was inspired, I thought that was the craziest thing. I took that home with me. I used to write stuff down, try to focus on rhythm, flow, making sense of what I’m saying with metaphors and punchlines. He happened to become a producer, so I started working with him real close on music on the come up. I was in a group at the time called UNDAHOOD. I started taking it series my first year in high school. It’s been a wild ride.