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Friday July 17, 2015 • Issue 183
At 27, Joshua C. Joseph is already living
a legacy as well as creating his own. Son of
renowned leather craftsman, cap maker
and Rastafarian Opio Chung, Joshua
moved to the states at 16 and spent a lot
of time in his dad's shop learning the trade.
With a legend as a dad, Josh essentially
gained knowledge from the master him-
self. Chung's hats are legendary and have
graced many a head, including Nicki
Minaj's during her American Idol stint in
"My dad is the man who created the foun-
dation. When I moved from Trinidad, I didn't
have anything else but that. He already had
a brand out there and he wanted me to learn
the trade. I started doing hats, bags, belts
and eventually branched off into clothing"
With his line Rebels to Dons heating up,
it's hard not to give the clothing the atten-
tion it demands. We agree the name is no
doubt attention grabbing but the style is
probably even more head turning. Locally his
pieces were once available at the Hideout
Clothing store, but sold out almost immedi-
ately (yep, the demand is that high). His
first collection "Birth of The Rebel" was re-
leased only last year but already it is clear,
his clothing is not just something to wear
but a means to make a clear statement of
self identity. With mesh marinas, embroi-
dered tunics and defiantly rebellious hood-
ies, the line has been blazing a trail.
Celebrities like Omar Epps, Marlon Wayans
and A$ap Rocky have already jumped on
the brand and sported Rebels to Dons cloth-
ing on a few media carpets. And of course,
there are the hats. Leather and lambskin
five point hand crafted hats to be exact...
"Rebels to Dons' is me. It's what I have. It
started with a clothing line but that's not all
it is. It's a doorway to a creative platform for
young individuals. The clothing starts to
pave the way but eventually we want to
build the foundation to a point where we
can give other people the opportunity to be
creative using the platform we've built."
His newest collection plans to play more
on the idea of the 'Don' and though yet to
be released, Joshua already has press beat-
ing down his door to get the inside scoop.
"The SS15 (Spring/Summer 2015) collec-
tion was featured in Harpers Bazaar 2015
May issue. For our new collection, SS16
we're heading straight for GQ magazine."
Joshua speaks passionately about his
brand but also links it to a level of social con-
sciousness and education often lacking
from artists working in fields deemed more
or less commercial. Growing up in Brooklyn
and hailing from Trinidad, he experienced
both street and suburban life. All through,
one thing remained with him- an intense
drive to make it to move forward and take
as many as he could with him along that
journey from the rebelliousness of youth,
represented by his more street-type wear
to the ascension into adulthood and self re-
alization, the realm of the Don. And don't
think that for Josh, rebel is only about being
a street kid. Rebel itself is also synonymous
with warriors and the desire other cultural
stereotypes not afraid to face the harshest
of realities and fight their way to the top,
whatever their chosen artistic weapon.
It's Art, music, clothing, anything that
deals with creativity. As of right now we're
playing around with dope ideas and nice
clothes. Doing some research in anthropol-
ogy and history. Sending messages through
our clothing. Not just Black history and cul-
ture but everything. That's what it will rep-
resent in the long run.
With a sense of style and history, Joshua
Joseph seems to be working out a formula
for success that merges with the idea of
creating a movement which understands
social responsibility. The son of a legend cre-
ating his own legacy. This is Joshua Joseph
While some people struggle with
their life's goals well into adulthood -
Marq Pierre had his future all
mapped out at just four-and-a-half-
"I fell in love with music at that age
and since then I knew that music was
what I wanted to do," he tells Metro.
Today, at 18, Pierre's life is going ac-
cording to his plan.
The talented entertainer was barely
five when he sang on stage for the
first time at his elementary school's
graduation where he delivered a spec-
tacular performance of Tanty Say, a
tune which called on the nation's youth
to obey their elders. Since then, he has
won the Sangre Grande Junior Calypso
monarch title for three consecutive
years, from 2007 to 2009. At ten-
years-old, he got the rare opportunity
to perform alongside one of his musi-
cal inspirations, soca star, Bunji Garlin,
at the Brass Festival. In 2011, Pierre
copped the National Junior Soca
Monarch crown and two years later, he
walked away with the coveted Junior
Calypso Monarch title.
When it comes to music, Pierre says,
"I can do it all." Not one to put himself
in a box, the outspoken artiste experi-
ments with all music genres and says
he loves them equally.
"I sing all types of music from soca
to calypso to reggae to R&B. I sing
everything. I really can't choose one
because I just love music."
Ready to take his craft to the next
level, Pierre recently released his brand
new single called Main Squeeze -- a
reggae/dancehall crossover written by
Silver Curtain Entertainment and pro-
duced by Kevin "Stadic" Charles. The
feedback, he notes, has been encour-
"The song has been playing on all
the radio stations and it's been putting
me in the spotlight. People are calling
and requesting it. The response has
been really positive. We're also work-
ing on bringing out a music video
soon," he states.
One of Pierre's dreams came true re-
cently when he teamed up with Bunji
Garlin for a song titled, Alarm, which is
featured on the US music group, Bad
Royale's, new album called Move Like.
"The song was released on June 25
and it's a really powerful track. I'm
humbled that I got an opportunity to
work with Bunji. It's an honour because
I always wanted to do a song with
him," he asserts. "He taught me about
efficiency and that you have to try to
get it right the first time."
And now that he can cross that col-
laboration off his bucket list, he wants
to follow in Bunji's footsteps and have
his music heard world-wide. Pierre also
hopes to one day work with some of
his other music icons including soca
songstress Destra Gracia, dancehall
superstar Popcaan and Trini-born rap-
per, Nicki Minaj.
"I'm just happy to have this talent
and have the chance to explore all the
possibilities," he says.
Pierre acknowledges though that
there is a competitive and "dark side"
to the music industry, but vows not to
get caught up in it. His focus, he says,
is to deliver quality music to his fans.
"I have already gotten a dose of
what goes on behind the scenes as I
have been competing for many years.
Things can get ugly but I just stay out
of the controversy and focus on music.
A lot of negative things are happening
the people who can put the country on
the map for something positive again."
And while music is his first love,
when it comes to education, Pierre
doesn't mix matters. The ambitious
singer is a full time student at the Uni-
versity of Trinidad and Tobago pursu-
ing a degree in civil engineering.
"School is priority. I have no problem
juggling music and studies because
music comes naturally to me. My
mother manages my music career and
she also helps me to manage my time
and makes sure that I get enough
sleep so I always have things under
What's his secret to success? Pierre
says it's simple.
"You just have to be disciplined and
put God first. I want to tell young peo-
ple to focus on getting a sound educa-
tion. Be obedient and go to church.
Having a relationship with God is very
important. Stay grounded and help
other people in your community."
With unmistakable talent and stead-
fast determination, big things are
surely on the horizon for Marq Pierre.
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