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A Conversation With Phre$h Prince

By Matt Harrison

Jayvaun Gabriel, or Phre$h Prince as he has come to be known on stage, is a Winnipeg rapper whose career first began in middle school with the motivation of a teacher. “My English teacher was proud of [the poems] I was working on and was trying to push me to do more,” he told me over a large coffee had on a small table. At the time poetry wasn’t the sort of thing Jayvaun would spend his time doing outside of school. After handing in an assignment his teacher was particularly fond of, Jayvaun was encouraged to read the piece in front of his class. It was this experience that inspired what would eventually become his music career.

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