I give Floco Torres a hard time. Hes young and I make fun of him for not knowing enough about musical artists of old.
He cuts me no slack either. Hes quick to call me an old man, and the young buck is armed with a quick wit that would make you cry if it didnt make you laugh so hard.
Torres moved to Georgia from New Jersey to begin an internship with a record company only to have it pulled out from under him while he was en route. Torres decided to continue the trip anyway. He came to Macon, and we have been all the richer for it.
If James Brown was known as the hardest working man in show business, then Torres could certainly contend for the hardest working hip-hop artist in Macon. He does tons of live shows each year ranging from New York City, down the East Coast, all over Georgia and into Florida.
During the last city election, he interviewed candidates running for office and put the interviews on YouTube so that voters could make informed decisions. He even joined me as a guest host on a local morning TV news talk show where he was able to easily and candidly talk on air about all the local news that was affecting our area. The man stays busy.
However, October is where he really comes alive. His birthday is on Monday, but for him the celebration began Oct. 1. For a couple of years now, Torres has proclaimed that October be renamed Floctober and his celebration mostly involves new music and live shows.
So far, he has released a new single with local producer G!manfantastic titled Mega Ton Bomb and announced that on Monday he will release a new EP titled The Project. To download the new music, go to Torress Facebook page, facebook.com/FlocoTorres.
On Thursday, he heads to Milledgeville where he will perform at Buffingtons with Sanction The Radio and Cosmoscope.
All of this is in preparation of a his new album Psychedelphia 2, which he is currently in the process of recording.
So, the truth is that even though I give him a hard time, I love the guy. I admire his strong connection to Macon, his drive to see himself and this city become better every day and I enjoy his music. Hes worth the listen.
Contact Roger Riddle at firstname.lastname@example.org.