Reuben ‘Prodezra’ Formey the man behind the beats…
All the blogs are connected lol … (excuse spelling & grammer)
Perfect timing as always with Divine Providence,
that the light of the Rebbe shines forth through
Want you all to know this Blog isn’t going to shock you!
The Bio is there’s , rather just a small step of Unity and
sharing the light a little more, so let’s make this BIG!
My first contact with Prodezra beats was when he sent me tons of CD’s from the USA.
He kindly allowed me to distribute his 1st C.D to many orphaned troubled youths. He made a difference and continues to do so!
A Chabad Baal T’shuva, Prodezra Beats – L’Shem Shamayim (Reuben Formey) hails from Savannah, GA where he started making beats as a hobby in early high school with just an old Casio board & computer. Being a member of school bands from a young age contributed to his knack for creating hard-hitting tracks early on. Time passed & he collaborated on a number of local projects. After high school, Formey left for college in Atlanta, GA. After making some bad decisions and being involved in things he now admits weren’t in his best interest, he made some positive moves in his life. Through being saved from situations in a fashion which he terms “little miracles”, he began to dig back into his Jewish roots. Formey decided to leave for yeshiva in NJ, followed by Jerusalem. After major changes took place for him rather quickly, he found himself on a totally new path. Crediting Chabad-Lubavitch teachings, he’s now using his G-d given talent for good, working on music with artists abroad, giving him proven success in the public arena.
Prodezra draws strength from his desire to make music that people do more than just listen to, but will actually feel within their soul. His music will make you think, dance, and cry. But he won’t take the credit for the music for himself…assuring that he is only blessed from G-d to be a vessel to deliver these powerful and positive sounds. Hence, he takes the “L’Shem Shamayim” (for the sake of Heaven) part of his name very seriously. While he is one of the only Jewish track makers coming from a foundation of Southern Bump that hits you hard & plays no games, Prodezra brings a love of all music that gives him versatility in creating Hip-Hop, “Country-Rap” Tunes, Pop, & Rock tracks, etc. Be sure to check out Prodezra’s highly acclaimed album “Until When”, his new “Proud To Be” EP (video coming soon), and two new singles “Where Are You (24-7)” (from his upcoming second album) & “Tree Of Life” with Nosson Zand. His music will grab your ears and hold them, and you won’t want it to let go.
Time To Recognize Positive Jewish Music From The South. ….
And Prodezra gets us all ready for the New Year to come, a year we are all talking about that we hope will only bring good from where ever it comes…
The second time we contacted each other, we reached out together and here we are with a request for a blog. You too can make a blog firstname.lastname@example.org
“I just released a new album called “Connection Revealed” and am trying to spread it around and grow this positive hiphop into something big. I’m actually moving to a new city which I pray will help. I would definitely love a write up on the new blog. Let me know what you need from me in general Rabbi. G-d bless!”
Heres another exclusive interview for you …
How did you come to being a religious Jew?
Very long story. Lol. In short, my father got linked with Judaism in college in Minnesota. We moved back down south where my sister and I were put into Hebrew Day School at a young age, even before conversion. After many years of study by my father and mother, and some very interesting stories, we converted when I was 12. I had a bar-mitzvah, learned in Sunday classes, etc. From there, I think it’s the same story as many baalei teshuvas. I switched schools and got more and more disconnected from things. I left to go off to college and just got involved in some things I shouldn’t have gotten into. But I guess that was the only way to wake me up, because I kept getting saved somehow from bad situations. I was just like, “How did I get out of this again!” Thank G-d I got the message…the kind only G-d can send, and started looking for answers. After looking here and there, I reconnected with what I had learned as a child. I studied on my own and eventually decided to go to yeshiva in NJ, and then in Israel. Everything came together, B”H.
How did you start making beats?
I always loved making a beat with anything. Still do…a table, wall, toys, glasses…whatever. One day in early high school, my cousin bought this Casio keyboard. He saw I was infatuated with it so he let me borrow it for a long time. First, I started trying to remake songs on it and then tried to do my own stuff. People around the way actually dug what I was doing and were free-styling over it. All of my early beats were with that Casio…me playing every note and sound by hand on a 5 minute song, lol. You can imagine how off beat some of it was, but I just got addicted to the process of it all.
What do you use to make beats? what gear..?
I use a Roland Fantom X-Series, Kontakt, Screwlab, and occasionally some nice sounds I find from various internet sound banks.
How do you feel Judaism plays a role in your music and message?
Back in the day, it didn’t play a role at all. Now, it’s the main focus and inspiration for all my music. Learning has taught me that if a person is blessed with a talent, he shouldn’t just sit on it. G-d gave it to somehow be used for His ultimate purpose. The Alter Rebbe (first Chabad Rebbe) said that music is the quill of the soul. Therefore even an instrumental can convey a deep message. Sometimes it can touch a place that your words might not. So my beliefs are a big drive behind that effort. It’s the reason I’ve got to keep doing it.
Do you feel that there is a market for Jewish hip hop?
Absolutely. And the other artists in the genre I’m sure will tell you the same. Look at the positive response. It disappoints me when people say that HipHop can’t play a role in Jewish music, or that its treif, or no good can come from it…or that the quality can’t compete with other HipHop. If these people walked in our shoes or gave the music a listen, they’d be less likely to say that. Anyway, the facts have proved otherwise. “Freedom” from Nosson Zand, and all the other positive music that’s spreading like wildfire. And at the same time, our songs are just as Jewish, and just as soul-shaking as any of the great traditional music. It just depends on who you ask. I know, because I even hear from people in their 50’s who love it too! Like it or not, when you talk about Jewish music, now you’re going to have to start mentioning hip hop.
One more vid and tune from my holy bro’s new album…
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The website for my holy bro is www.prodezrabeats.com