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The best kept secret in music

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Vigilanteez, Knowledge, Skills & Abilities 2000
Make You Mine

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Performing Artist - Torrey Crowe, MC , published writer, Producer of Hip Hop and R&B
Full Name: Torrey Antonio Crowe
Birthday: July 1, 197?

Torrey Crowe Gets his start

Born and raised in Compton, CA, Torrey Crowe the youngest of four is also known as “The Blessing”. His mother and father never married so he stayed with his mother brother and sisters until his mother re-married. This marriage was a domestic wreck with harsh experiences from alcoholism to abuse, which led to many challenges for Torrey Crowe as a child and adult. Torrey Crowe had an anger streak that would out cast him at school and among his peers leading to many fights and several suspensions. His smile would charm the world, while inside there was a silent cry for help. During the period of his mothers marriage Torrey Crowe developed learning disabilities which he used as stepping stones to rise above his academic challenges. He thanks his older brother for stepping in and intervening on his deficient learning curve even tough many thought it was too late. Torrey’s praying mother worked really hard teaching him the many values of life and how he would have to experience patients, pain and strife in order to gain those things he desired. When Torrey’s life seemed difficult he sought an escape through writing poetry and lyrics to his own songs alone in his room. He would also write poems and give them to girls and women for he has always loved the ladies. In the midsts of these challenges Torrey Crowe was a dreamer and always thought he’d one day be a star. At an early age he was introduced to School Theater, violin, piano and drums and later began playing for his church. Torrey Crowe also joined a drum squad in a Park drill team with his nieces in Carson, Ca. called “Street Beat High Steppers”. Torrey was not the Captain of the squad but he was the best dancer of them all. The Street Beat Drum Squad won most every competition while Torrey was apart of the Drum Squad. Hip Hop, Drum Beats and R&B fascinated him and he would steal loose change from the house ash trays and sofas to get money to buy Eazy E, LL COOL J and Prince tapes, 45’s and 12 inches sometimes listening to the same songs for hours. In high school (Junipero Serra High School, Gardena, CA.) Torrey Crowe was a little calmer due to a better living environment and being partially involved with sports not to mention a church musician. Torrey was no a great athlete and one summer instead of doing varsity football camp Torrey Crowe was invited to attend Jane Fonda’s camp for the arts in the Santa Barbara Mountains. At “Camp Laurel Springs” Torrey Crowe was a drummer in a band with Etta James son Sometto a “bass player” which covered many songs including one from Torrey’s favorite artist of all time Stevie Wonder. He attended camp with many celebrity brats, aspiring artists, actors and the like including Jane Fonda’s son Troy Garity and recalls Troy’s love for Hip Hop. Torrey Crowe remembers Troy as a very sincere cool dude and was not surprised to see him shine in the movie Barbershop. Torrey Crowe’s father played a semi distant role in his life and the fact that he rarely saw him made their relationship difficult but workable. Not having a male figure at home Torrey looked to his Mother (Eunice Hall), brother (Mark Armstrong), Sisters (Sheena Hughes, Vanessa Wilcox), their boyfriends & husbands, Preachers, Deacons, Gangsters, Hustlers and Cool Cats in the streets for male role models to identify with as a young man. Compton was and is no easy town to grow up in, as a result of his mother being strict and his love for music he caught a pass on his street and his block from getting courted into one of the cities notorious Crip Gangs.

Torrey Crowe meets the Business

Torrey Crowe interned for a colleague of Mike Concepcion named Craig Nobles on a project then he met Mike Caren. Torrey Crowe began an college internship at Big Beat / Atlantic Records under Mike Caren working the records of Jr. Mafia, Artifacts, MadSkills, BOSKO (mega producer), Ray Luv, Threat and Po’ Broke and Lonely. Torrey Crowe was the “Hype Man” of “BOSKO” Kante during his BOMBAY project on BIG BEAT Atlantic Records. Although short lived that experience showed him what it was like to rock live on a hot record that was getting noted reviews. When the BIG BEAT / Atlantic experience ended, Torrey Crowe’s long friend Mike “Adequate” Harris introduced him to Hakeem Jaheemjamah at SONY / Columbia Records and was hired and a college intern working the records of Destiny Child, WYCLEF Jean, Mariah Carey, Maxwell, Psycho Realm, SO SO Def Bass All Stars, Love Jones Soundtrack, Men In Black soundtrack. He also worked for MEGA LARGE Entertainment working on many video sets from Queen Latifah’s video “It’s All Right” to artist unknown, paying dues as a “production assistant” for Stevie “Black” Lockett a mega film and video producer in Los Angeles / Hollywood. Torrey freelanced as a independent street and