Rightfully named the birthplace of hip-hop, the Bronx has bred some of the most talented
individuals in entertainment. Alberto Daniels, better known as Albe Back, is one of them.
While most recognize him from his role as Brooklyn in the hit movie ATL, Back’s talent
goes well beyond the movie screen. From poetry to hip-hop, this artist is no stranger to
the mic and the spotlight.
Back’s father is the founder of The Lost Poets, so the art of poetry and rhyme has always
been a part of his life. Sharing the stage with some of this generation’s finest poets on
HBO’s popular series Def Jam Poetry, Back has been able to perfect his craft.
One song that has helped push Back’s career is “Mira Mira Ven Aqui” featuring rapper
Fabolous. After the success and feedback he received from his music, Back took on
the role of entrepreneur as well. JusBe is a multimedia company that Back created that
dabbles in the arts, including music film, videography and creativity. Fans can even
watch Back’s very own web series, One Minute Show online, which is released under
JusBe. Through his multimedia company, viewers can expect quality short films, songs
and music videos.
As far as he has come, one thing Back will never forget or leave behind is his beloved
Bronx. In an interview with the Inferno, Back discusses his hometown, inspiration and
the current state of music.
Inferno: Why hip-hop?
Albe Back: I didn’t choose hip-hop, my mom IS hip-hop. I was born and raised in the
birthplace of hip-hop, the Bronx, so it’s only natural.
Inferno: What is your opinion on the current state of music?
Back: I think music, the selling/marketing/product side of it, is suffering, but the art of
music isn’t. As a music fan, you just gotta know where to find the art you like. There’s
music for everybody; you just gotta know where to look. With that being said, the current
state of music is exciting because it’s like we’re on this never-ending search for great art,
Inferno: Who or what inspires you?
Back: The “wow factor” inspires me; I thrive off feedback from others. When somebody
reacts to something I’ve said, done or created with a “Wow! Did he just say that?”
or “Wow! Did he make that?,” it inspires and motivates me to continue what I’m doing
and become better at it.
Inferno: Favorite music collaborations you’ve done?
Back: DMC, MC Lyte, KRS-One, Dead Prez, Mos Def, Kanye West, Goapele, Whosane,
Fabolous and Kidz in the Hall, just to name a few.
Inferno: What is a random fact that people don’t know about you?
Back: I’ve never kissed an asian girl.
Inferno: What can we expect from you in 2011?
Back: Releases of movie & short films we at JusBe shot this past year, and just more
Inferno: What advice would you give to college students?
Back: Lie to yourself until you become what you are saying. I say that in a good sense.
It’s an amazing way to get through things in life. If a professor gives you a 5-page paper
to write, tell yourself “I’m gonna do 6 pages!” You might not be able to, but if you lie and
say it, it just might happen. In a way, it motivates you.
From his extroverted personality, his lyrical abilities to his entrepreneurship, fans can
only anticipate more from this talented artist who left home to pursue his dreams. No
worries though, Albert says “Albe Back.”