Hailing from Hempstead, New York, part of the urbanized suburbs of Long Island, Phabian “S-Quire” Winfield rose onto the scene with his local hit “How We Do.” The classic feel-good hip-hop stylings of the track were enhanced by the smooth featured vocal of Marvin Moore, lead singer of Grammy Award-wining Product G&B (“Maria, Maria”). The infectious hook resonated with listeners when S-Quire inked a single distribution deal. With his debut album in the works, S-Quire plans on building on the momentum of his current singles to ride a wave to the head of hip-hop’s new class.
It was a fateful moment six years ago that led S-Quire to forge a career in music. He had been involved in a car accident, and unable to move about or leave his home, he sat down late one night and began to write. He released his thoughts and ideas onto paper, and they became the beginnings of his early composition for the project. Drawing inspiration from greats as diverse as LL Cool J, Marvin Gaye, and Keith Sweat, S-Quire realized how much time he had put into writing and listening to instrumentals and decided he was ready to turn music into his full time job.
In the age of studio rappers and ghostwriters, S-Quire makes a point to be involved in his creative direction, most notably by writing all of his own material and playing a key role in the development of his sound.
“I love to be involved in the making of the beat as well,” he says. “I consider myself an artist whose music paints a picture. I like to see it come together…I’m one with the art, and the lyrics that pour out create a song—something I think Hip-Hop has derailed from.”
S-Quire’s sound can be best described as upbeat East Coast Hip-Hop with pop sensibility and a dash of old-school rap influence. Representing Long Island, New York, he plans to bring his section of the city long-awaited recognition in today’s Hip-Hop game (beyond mixtapes or the underground). If his single “How We Do”—or his newest hit “The One I Love”—is any indication, this driven young talent has what it takes to make music for the people and take the charts at the same time.