Sherif Mattar begin writing rhymes at the age of 10, a passion that originally stemmed out of his love for writing fiction at an early age; aspiring to become a novelist since the 4th grade. Originally from Cairo, Egypt, Sherif grew up in Virginia where he developed a love for the poetry and lyricism prevalent in East Coast Hip-Hop. Some of his greatest musical influences to date include Jay-Z, Nas, Raekwon, Big L, Kanye West, Lupe Fiasco and the Beatles. He also draws story-telling influences from the Great American writers Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald, as well as legendary filmmakers Stanley Kubrick and Martin Scorsese, with a desire to encompass all platforms of art including music, film and literature. In 2011, Sherif won the dope 16 contest hosted by City, placing 1st over fellow contestant Joey Bada$$. In 2013, he won his second dope 16 contest hosted by Missouri MC Prince Ea and DJ Twinny Twin. In 2014, Sherif released his first mixtape titled “Senioritis”, written, recorded and produced during his senior year of college at George Mason University. Later in the year he plans to release 3 different projects, a second mixtape titled “Sherifmatic”, an EP, as well as his first full-length album. He dubs his style of rapping as “Life Music”, in that he draws influence from any and every experience he absorbs while roaming the earth. With his music, he hopes to inspire individuals to follow dreams, be themselves, live freely, and most importantly enjoy life.
First Mixtape: http://www.datpiff.com/