Land of 10 has embarked on a series of Next Generation articles, a project that aims to bring our readers greater insight into the class of 2017 signees. Michigan State reporter Luke Srodulski has hit the road to visit this year’s incoming class of freshmen and give you an inside look beyond Hudl highlights and head shots. Here’s a preview from Friday’s visit with Atlanta defensive back Tre Person.
ATLANTA — Curtis Daniel had a succinct message for Tre Person upon hearing his protege had committed to play football at Michigan State.
“Get some boots.”
Daniel comes from Los Angeles and played as a cornerback for Michigan State in the early 1990s. Now he owns Patchwerk Recording Studios in downtown Atlanta. And when Person, a 3-star cornerback for Westlake High, started picking up interest from Michigan State, his mother introduced him to Daniel, who took the now Spartans signee under his wing.
“He’s teaching me the business side of the music industry,” Person said. “He has people there who work with music who teach me new tricks with producing, stuff I need to know if I really want to do that.”
Person regularly drives to the studio to work with Daniel and others. His talks with Daniel have given him the idea of majoring in business management at Michigan State.
But his passion is music production. He has been making beats for two years on his Mac, and his mother gave him a keyboard for Christmas. His interest is a product of his environment.
“There’s so many people out here who rap,” Person said. “It’s just easy money. Every rapper needs beats. I feel like it’s a lot of producers, too, but I feel like I can separate myself with a different sound.”
What will that sound … sound like? He’s still trying to figure it out, influenced by the sounds of his favorite producer, Grammy Award-winner and Atlanta native Zaytoven.
Atlanta has a rich history of producing successful rappers, and Person wants to be behind the scenes, helping them make it big. He doesn’t care if his name doesn’t reach the spotlight. He does it for the joy of the producing. And once his football days are over, he’ll likely return to Atlanta for that craft.
“This is the place to be,” he said.
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