Trek Manifest - Destined

There are so many things about Trek Manifest that don’t fit into the stereotypical clubbing and Cristal gangster-rap persona. The Trek part of his name is in relation to Star Trek, a nickname given to him growing up because of his love for all things sci-fi. Instead of 40s, he drinks Ventes at Starbucks, a second home while going to Capital University. The only thing he has in common with the best of the gangster rap ying to his yang, are the catchy beats, the formidable rhymes and the possibility he might have a slight addiction to sneakers.

“I think I have like over 100 pairs of sneakers lining the walls of my room and in my closet,” says Trek. “Some people might say it’s a slight addiction.”

Trek has been rapping since he was five, putting on performances for his family and showing off with his best MC Hammer impersonations. It wasn’t until high school that he started putting things together with production and original lyrics. He uploaded a mixtape to the Internet and it spread like a virus all over the country, allowing him to play other cities outside of Ohio.

Unlike most lyricists, especially in the rap game, Trek separates himself by rapping honestly about who he is. From talking about how he doesn’t want to go club hopping to dealing with more serious personal matters, like growing up without a dad around, he doesn’t try to be someone else. The name of his newest album “Sneakers x Starbucks” is as much a microcosm of his style as it is of who he is.

“I look at sneakers as my swagger, but the coffee is kind of a tie-in to intelligence, too,” says Trek. “I just didn’t want to make the same formulaic album with the club banger song, and the jam. I wanted to do something new.”

After getting a degree in the arts at Capital, Trek got a job with the Youth to Youth organization traveling across the country speaking and rapping to teens about being drug free. Even though he pushes a message with his job as a speaker, he insists he doesn’t want to be the preachy positive rapper.

“I just want to make good music that everyone can listen to,” says Trek. “I don’t want Mom or Dad to say ‘turn that trash down.’ I want to them to say, ‘turn that music up!’”

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