Last year was definitely the year of Prof. Just ask Prof. We kid, of course. It was Gimme Noise's undeniable pleasure getting to follow the Minneapolis rapper's never-boring ride throughout 2013. After posting up on our cover, he put on some gargantuan live events at First Avenue and the Cabooze, and was in the right place at the right time to pinch-hit and knock one out at Soundset. And then Rhymesayers scooped him up.
All of the hoopla of the year didn't pass unnoticed for Mr. Gampo himself. In an open letter penned on New Year's Eve that shows the full range of his emotions, he runs through everything with a pat on the back to his fans, and a few shout-outs to... Prof! Aside from the accolades, 2013 was the year that he set some out-of-pocket maximum records via his myriad hospital visits. This, he points out, includes the surgery Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo just had, and "Unlike his pussy ass, I PLAYED THROUGH THE FUCKING SEASON."
See Also: Prof just signed with Rhymesayers!
Recently, several music critics appeared on the Current's Local Show to discuss their most anticipated music of 2014, and Prof's material for Rhymesayers made this list. For the moment, his comments on this topic were pretty broad, but work on "the greatest album I have ever made" is taking place "these next couple months." Read the rest of his thoughts on the year below.
From the Stophouse Group blog:
What it do Gampos, and drunks. Potheads and straight-edgers. Lovers and whales. Pornstars and pinecones.
Its your boy. Young Prof. Aka King Gampo. Aka Kaiser Von Powderhorn. Aka Yung Pookie.
The year is almost over, and I feel I need to write a letter directly to y'all to let you know how im doing and what im thankful for. 2013 seemed to go by super quick, but when I look back at all the shit that happened, it was a full year.
It started in a limo after the Cryphy new years party in Minneapolis. I was chasing a security guard from a fancy hotel around the limo, threatening to whoop his ass. Pour dude was just mad cuz I trashed the bathroom after telling the driver to pull over somewhere so I could piss.
I went on the longest tour of my life with Murs and Fashawn. We performed around the entire country for a few months, and those dudes became my brothers.
I returned to MPLS and TWO sold out back to back shows at 1st ave. I had knee surgery a couple days later.
Just over a month later I was eating a burger backstage at Soundset when some RSE higher ups walked up and asked me to perform in 15 minutes. I was off crutches, but still on a cane. "Ok, lets go." A few minutes later I was in front of 20,000 of y'all. My knee seemed to hold up.
A few weeks after that I re-aggravated a back injury at an outdoor show in Sioux Falls in front of a couple thousand people. Not trill. I ripped a hole in my spine, and shit exploded out and pressed into the largest nerve in my body. Same injury Tony Romo just had. Unlike his pussy ass, I PLAYED THROUGH THE FUCKING SEASON. I went on to perform at Rock the Bells, A3C, and plenty of other shows around the country.
In september, y'all made me the 2nd MPLS rapper to SELLOUT the Caboose outdoor plaza. Thats over 4,000 of you beautiful fucks. What a show. I will remember that forever.
I signed to Rhymesayers Entertainment. BANG. I didn't want to at first. It was a pride thing. STOPHOUSE BABY! But then I got to know the whole team, notably the good looking, model-like people behind the scenes, and it made way too much sense. Super happy to be with those dudes, and super happy to keep all the Stophouse workers, interns and street team with me in a management fashion. My set up is EXACTLY how I want it. Trill.
After all my shows of the year, I decided to have back surgery. I haven't mentioned or complained about it much because... idk... I aint no bitch. Haha, but I was performing in crazy pain. I think I came back from the knee surgery too quick, and my back payed the price. Anyways, we figured I should get some maintenance on it while I have this time off.
I had surgery December 17th. (Yes, thats TWO surgeries in a year- no rob gronkowski) Im already feeling better than I did before. These next couple months, Im going to make an album, and become a world class back athlete. FUCK W ME.
I have the start to the greatest album I have ever made, and Im having a grip of fun making it. Im going to keep writing the newest, most ground breaking shit I can think of. Cant wait to share it with y'all in 2014!!!!!!!
Im a super sarcastic asshole, and some how you put up with it to hear my music and come to my shows. I owe y'all my life. I cant thank you enough.
love me hard,