Mixing It Up: Haines City Football Player Shows Passion, Talent for Hip-Hop
Tue. October 02, 2012 at 12:03 a.m. | By Solange Reyner
Haines City football player Lanoris Parker stands in the recording booth where he records his music. (Photo by RICK RUNION | THE LEDGER )
By SOLANGE REYNER
HAINES CITY | Lanoris Parker is a pretty decent football player.
But his true passion is creating hip-hop music, and one of his latest songs — "Dream Team" — is on full audio display on the stadium loud speakers every time Haines City's football team is about to take the field at home at Joe Stangry Stadium.
"It gets us pretty hyped," said Dacorius Law, the team's starting running back.
Parker's catchy song was made for his teammates, but the junior cornerback has been using music for bigger things: Making money and promoting his future mix-tape.
Parker, 16, started his musical endeavors before high school. At 11, he played in a steel drum band in the annual Haines City Martin Luther King Jr. Parade. He's also performed at Sweet 16 parties and at local Haines City clubs. His dad, also named Lanoris, showed him how to mix music on ProTools, a music-editing program, when he was a seventh-grader. Lanoris, the son, now produces music for talent out of Haines City and Central Florida.
"He's doing so many numbers because he's really talented with his mixing and recording style," said his father, who owns the recording studio that Parker uses. "And he's got a pretty good ear. I'm supposed to be way more experienced than he is, but some people have chosen to work with him over some of the veterans because they like his style."
Parker's endeavors have made him somewhat of a savvy young businessman. His father said he's produced music for Snapdog from the OHD Boyz, and the Real Big Dre, C Slaughter and the Beat President from Haines City. He also works sometimes under Clay Cut Records, a record label based in Polk County.
"On a good week, I'll bring in $400," the younger Parker said. "But that's just on the side. I use the money to help promote my music."
His tune, "Dream Team," is pretty catchy, and even players on opposing teams sway back and forth to it when it's being aired prior to games.
Parker raps on one line: "Kick it out to DJ, and it's a bad dream," referencing Law, a junior who has 401 yards rushing in four games.
"I like that song a lot. The beat was good, and it stuck in my head," Genesis Vanriel, a sophomore at Haines City, said.
Football coach Pete Barber doesn't particularly dig hip-hop, but he said he thinks it's a good tune.
"I know Lanoris put a lot of hard work into it and the kids really like it," Barber said. "They dig it."