New York Artist And Rapper Prince Harvey Secretly Recorded An Entire Album At An Apple Store

by GRIOT - Published on 27/07/2015
Foto ©Mattew Narvin

On a scale between one and ten, how many chances are there to secretly record an entire album on a display computer of an Apple store, managing to save all the tracks from nightly memory wipes? But above all, how many chances are there to befriend a couple of employees who help you accomplish your almost-impossible-mission?

Just one. And New York artist and rapper Prince Harvey jumped at it.

Prince Harvey, Bed-Stuy
Brooklyn | New York City
Prince Harvey and Musician/Model Gianni Onassis at New Balance party , Gansevoort Hotel, Chelsea, Manhattan | New York City

“It wasn’t my plan to record this at the Apple Store. First, my computer died. Then my external hard drive died,” he said to The Daily Beast. “New York is expensive. I couldn’t just buy another laptop.”

It took him 5 days a week for 4 months to finish recording the vocals and backing instrumental tracks, using the GarageBand app and an inbuilt microphone. Indeed, every track was created using his voice and that of a one ‘special guest’ who joined him in the store to help him out.

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Prince Harvey performs at Club Republic, Bushwick, Brooklyn | New York City

How did he manage to save the files from the memory wipes? Hiding them in the trash.

PHATASS – the name of the album – is the acronym for Prince Harvey At The Apple Store: Soho, is set to release today.

Check out Sometimes, one of the album’s tracks.

Prince Harvey’s website | via The Daily Beast |
Photos © Mattew Narvin

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