3rd Twin | Honesty EP

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Honesty EP

by 3rd Twin

A brutally honest, heartfelt and powerful compelling work of art!
Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap: Hip Hop
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1. My Story
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2. Had to Do
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3. Honesty
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4. Rebel
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Roy Alexander Moore III, aka 3rd TWIN, was born and raised in Portland, Oregon in the tumultuous 80’s and 90’s when the crack epidemic and gang violence was attacking the small Northwest river city, while the Hip Hop culture was taking over the world. For Roy, music provided an art form of raw expression. Portland was taking notes from the bigger city's like Seattle and Los Angeles while a young Roy Moore was coming of age and discovering his own voice that would explore his own struggle with addiction and personal tragedy in his young life and disadvantaged community.

Roy grew up with his mother, father and three siblings and for a time experienced traditional family structure where music was a big part of daily life. “I remember Sunday mornings my mom cleaning the house and blasting The Temptations and Rick James”, Roy recalls. But it was seeing Michael Jackson perform at the Motown Awards that would set Roy’s artistic path in motion. “my mind was blown and right then I knew I wanted to be a performer.”

Roy’s father left the family at a young age but Roy stayed focused on his interest in performing, taking dance classes and listening to MC Hammer for inspiration. Roy soon joined a dance crew that would perform all around the state at major events. In middle school Roy would Dj the dances and listened to Kris Kross where he realized that he had a natural ability to rap. “I told myself, “Hey I can do that" Roy recalls, “After that I wrote my first rap! and the rest is history.” Roy was soon part of a rap group called "Step 3" who performed at most of the assemblies and prep rallies and were designated the schools rap group.

As Roy developed into his teens, both his parents began to fall back into addiction and the struggles with Vicodin would soon afflict his older brother. Roy started experimenting with marijuana and alcohol around the age of 13 and prescription pills around 16 and 17 years of age. “By the age of fifteen I was smoking weed everyday and I was showing signs of being an addict” Roy reveals “…by the age of nineteen I was physically dependent on prescription pills and needed to take them to prevent getting sick.”

But Roy persevered with his dreams, having mentors like family friend and Hip Hop MC Sandman who encouraged Roy to stay focused on his rap skills that were advancing at a rapid pace where he would commit entire songs to memory without writing down one lyric. It was at a house party where there was an open mic that the Dj invited rappers to come up and rap. “It had never even crossed my mind to get up there…” Roy recalls. “…but I got in that line and when I grabbed that mic and started spitting my raps the crowd went crazy.” There was a well-known local rapper in the building that night and afterwards he approached Roy and later he took him to the studio where they made a song that was played for a local record label in town and shortly after that Roy was signed to DM entertainment at the age of 14. His first group, Konflic was formed with three other childhood friends who premiered at Po Hop as the youngest act on the bill.

In 1999, 3rd Twin joined forces with another local rap group Proz and Conz and went on to become Portland’s highest selling rap group, selling well over 20,000 units between two albums. Between 2000-2002 Proz and Conz traveled across the United States and on to Mexico and opened for Hip Hop greats, Wu Tang, Mac Dre, Souls of Mischief, Blackalicious and more. Roy soon broke off with two other members of Proz and Conz to form DNA (Denied Access) and was signed to Jermaine O’Neal’s Bogata Records label. He met with super producer Swizz Beatz for the negotiation of the purchase of 3 songs. Later on that year Roy attended the Hard Knock Life Tour and was given the opportunity to meet one of his favorite MC's of all time, Jay Z.

As Roy’s momentum grew so did his dependence on drugs, impacting his focus and performances. “My opioid addiction took away a lot of my motivation. If I was sick and didn't have any pills I wouldn't show up for studio time or performance dates. “Roy admits.”At times I was too loaded or intoxicated and performed poorly or sloppy. I went from taking them for a euphoric high to needing the to not be sick.”

Roy’s first attempt at rehab was in 2006 but didn’t last but on April 6th 2012 his brother died from an overdose on prescription pills and Roy went back into treatment and has been clean since April 27th 2017. “With recovery is freedom.” Roy describes, “At first you're uncomfortable and scared and then angry. As your mind begins to quiet, that feeling of freedom strengthens…I felt like the new me. I felt like I was given a second chance.”

3rd Twin is now back with a vengeance in his home town of Portland and ready to make his solo artists statement in the Hip Hop industry with his Latest Single “Honesty” from the forthcoming solo album, “History in the Making” due out Fall 2018. The music video for “Honesty” was produced by Gaddis Motion Productions, and had its world premiere in spring of 2018 at the Vidwest Film Festival and was directed by the award winning filmmaker team The Pander Brothers (Howie B., Jamal-Ski) who collaborated with L.A. based cinematographer, Kevin Pham (Vice TV) to bring 3rd Twin’s personal vision to life. The video, currently in the festival circuit, has already won the Gold award at the Indie Film Awards in NYC and Diamond award at the MindField Film Fest in LA. “Honesty” screens at the Hip Hop Film Fest August 2nd 2018 at the National Black Theater in NYC.

Since then Roy has been active in street - level gang outreach programs working all around the streets of Portland, Oregon with at risk and gang impacted youth for the age of 12-25. Wherever there's a potential for gang activity i'm usually there. Roy also works with work with I AM Academy where he goes into the youth juvenile system and speaks with kids about recidivism and the transition process in returning back to society. He also told his recovery story at a summit for the mayor and the mayors office in Portland Oregon about being an ex-gang member and how he made it through that difficult period and now works with disadvantaged and at-risk youth to prevent gang violence. and spoken in front of the Multnomah County Commissioners Council on behalf of a young man in recovery.

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