I noticed two things about M16 when I met him. One was how tall he is. And two was his fly locs. After seeing a couple recent pics of his hair (he was rockin’ a dope braid-out on his locs), I asked M16 if I could feature him on HGK. He’s a busy man but he made it happen.
Check him out below:
Tell us a little about yourself.
I go by M16. I’m a music producer, born and raised in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
Where might we know you from?
The most [well-known] songs I’ve produced are Playa Circle’s “Duffle Bag Boys” featuring Lil Wayne and Young Jeezy’s “I Do” featuring Drake, Andre 3000 and Jay-Z. I was also the winner of the Scion King of the Beats Battle for the South region.
How long have you had locs?
4 years and 8 months, at this point.
What made you want to get locs?
I just felt it would be convenient for me as far as getting a hair cut every 5 seconds and I like the look.
Do you maintain your locs on your own or do you have a stylist you go to?
Yes, I have someone do them for me.
At least every 3 weeks at the latest…about a month.
Are there any products you use to maintain them?
I’m not sure what they use at the shop–I just relax in the chair lol
Do you ever get them styled or do you just wear them down?
I wear them down for the most part. I tried the braids once.
Would you ever cut your locs off? Why or why not?
I dont think I will. Instead of cutting them, I actually want to attempt to take them down in the future, but if not, i will keep them.
When you started your locs, did your friends and family support you? Was it “in” to have locs at the time?
Couple of supporters, couple of haters…but it was in at the time.
Did you have long hair before you got locs or did you start from scratch?
I had braids then i cut them off. I waited a few months for my hair to grow back enough to get [my locs] started.
Are locs popular for men where you’re from?
Not where I’m from but definitely where I live at now, which is ATL.
Do you think the presence of men in the music industry with locs has influenced the number of men that have decided to get locs? Who influenced you?
I think in a way it does. My cousin had [locs] and i told him I was thinking about doing it–he stayed on me about them.
Do you think having locs is just a trend for men right now? Or that it is a style that will be around for a while?
I think it’s a style that would never die.
A few years ago, guys were all wearing cornrows. Several male artists cut their hair off and many men followed their lead. Do you think that could happen with locs?
I’m not too sure..it’s way more comfortable for me to have dreads in general because i don’t have to get it done every week.
Any advice for a hopeful artist or music producer?
Work hard on perfecting your craft. Have patience. Work hard on having a stand out style to call your own. And never get ahead of yourself.
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