Alphonso Gibson Jr. or “Facts” doesn’t sing about the hard times in the ghetto. He doesn’t compose songs about growing up poor. Instead, the Fishers-native raps about his adventures of growing up in suburbia and he’s gaining a following.
Three years ago, you might have seen Facts turning his thoughts into poems at the bar. Now, he’s transforming his rhymes into rap in a studio at Azmyth Recording on the northeast side.
“As soon as I get home, I would write. I’d just be writing to any beats off YouTube,” he said. “I could write about inspiration, the marriage between me and alcohol back then, or just whatever came to my mind.”
Alongside his high school buddy, music producer and engineer, Adam “Zig” Zeigler, the two have written 300 songs together in the last three years. Their first album, “Suburban Misfits”, was released online just last month.
Both implants to the north suburbs of Indianapolis, the two grew up in a culture where house parties and high school sports reigned high; while racism, drugs and teenage crime were hush-hush. Tired of the rap music out there today, Facts says those experiences are his inspiration.
“I think I created an Indiana style, personally, because I’ve got the groove, the swing of the Midwest and I’ve got a little slow West,” said Facts. “You have farmers, people driving tractors, right next to people driving Lamborghinis. It was like a melting pot.”
The two have even created their own Android app to track downloads and fan followings. They’re also taking on social media to spread their music.
“You could send him a beat or a track or instrumental and he’d have it written in 10-15 minutes,” said Zig. “We’re not talking about gangsters. We’re not talking about stuff we don’t know anything about. We’re talking about house parties. We’re talking about stuff that we’ve done growing up.”
They’ve put Naptown on the map. Their music has already spread to 32 states.
“Every time I got a paycheck, I would come in here for three, four hours every day, all day,” said Facts.
Despite their hard work, these Hoosiers are humble about their success. They call it a method to their madness.
“I’m just running with it and I’m not going to quit,” said Facts. “I’m never going to stop. This is my life, my love, my everything.”
You can purchase Facts’ album online on iTunes, Amazon, Rhapsody, and Spotify. You can also download their Android app, ‘Facts Music’.