Allen Forrest

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Allen Forrest
Allen Forrest and Secretay Of State Hillary Clinton.jpg
Allen Forrest and Secretary Of State Hillary R. Clinton at The 65 Decade Of A Difference Birthday Party For The 42nd President Bill Clinton
Background information
Birth name Allen David Forrest Jr.
Born (1981-02-04) February 4, 1981 (age 33)
Fort Campbell, KY, raised in Dothan, AL
Genres Hip Hop, Acoustic, Pop, Rap, R&B
Occupation(s) CEO and Founder of M. Republik Music Group - Recording Artist, Actor
Instruments Vocals, Acoustic Guitar
Years active 2005–present
Labels M. Republik Music Group (2005 - Present)
Associated acts The Black Eyed Peas, Derek Bramble, Phonix, Beta Control

Allen David Forrest Jr. (born February 4, 1981) also known by the stage name Matchstik or Match, is an American recording artist, rapper, singer/songwriter, music producer, and actor. He is also the founder and CEO of M. Republik Music Group.

Forrest has released three studio albums and one EP. The Concept album released in Fall of 2009 has over 100,000 digital downloads worldwide. He was featured in Billboard magazine[1] and on's The New Now.[2] Matchstik was the first rapper to make front page headlines in Dothan, AL in the Dothan Eagle newspaper.[3] Matchstik's song Give Back (ft Whitney Phillips) was featured in the Sony movie Stomp the Yard 2: Homecoming movie soundtrack. He also was a social media expert on the 2009 SESAC[4] annual Music Boot Camp. His latest[when?] single "Nothing Is Free" is produced by The Black Eyed Peas's hit-maker Jean Baptiste. He ha finished his anticipated acoustic EP titled The Allen Forrest Project which includes "That's What I Say", which has over 107,000 plays on Europe's #1 Urban Magazine, "Yo Raps" featuring Jennifer Åkerman, a singer/model/actress who is the younger sister of the actress Malin Åkerman.[5]

Forrest completed his latest rap album titled The Great Awakening digitally released worldwide on November 11, 2011 (11.11.11), of which he is the executive producer. The first single from the album is titled "Written In Da Starz (Back Streetz)" featuring Lou Lou Malibu.

In 2012 Forrest reached nearly 100,000,000 people through various social media outlets and websites. On U.S. election day, November 7, 2012 pop singer Katy Perry tweeted Allen's photo to President Barack Obama and media mogul Oprah Winfrey and to her 29,000,000 followers.[6] Mayor Cory Booker also publicly expressed his love for Allen's acoustic single That's What I Say.[7]

Forrest is a brand ambassador for TOMS shoe and eye wear and has been featured in [8], LA Confidential Magazine [9] and with the founder of TOMS Blake Mycoskie.

February 19, 2013 Forrest and his label partnered with Clear Channel Communications with their "Artist Integration Program" The new Integrated Marketing and Promotional Program Leverages Clear Channel’s Multimedia Platforms To Support Music Projects for Established and Developing Artists. Notable act such as Paul McCartney, Carrie Underwood, Taylor Swift, Usher, The Wanted, Swedish House Mafia and more.

In the fall of 2013 Forrest will release[clarification needed] his new EP titled Supanova from which the first single, "I told her", can be heard on terrestrial radio throughout the south/southeast region of the United States.

Early life[edit]

Matchstik's near death car crash 2003

Matchstik was raised in Dothan, Alabama. At age nine, his parents separated and a few months later his father attempted suicide.

Allen's father, who had been a soldier in the United States Army Reserves, abandoned Allen's family, leaving his mother to raise him and his siblings on her own. Without a father figure in his life, Allen found a home in the streets and soon began selling drugs.

After his third arrest at age 16 Matchstik left the street life behind, dropped out of high school and obtained his G.E.D. He also went on to attend college, and subsequently joined the Navy at age 20.

During his journey across the country, Allen had a near-fatal car crash when his best friend tried to kill himself and Matchstik by grabbing the steering wheel and hitting a tractor-trailer as he and Allen were traveling to San Diego.

Naval career[edit]

Petty Officer Forrest and Shipmates in Tampa, FL

Forrest attended boot camp at The Naval Station, Great Lakes, IL, starting in 2001. After completing boot camp, he attended cryptologic technician school at Corry Station in Pensacola, FL. Later, he crossed over to an Operation Specialist to be stationed on the USS Pinckney DDG 91.[10] Upon completing four years of service in the Navy and receiving an honorable discharge and several commendations —including a Good Conduct Medal — he decided to leave the Navy and follow his musical aspirations on the West Coast.

Music career[edit]

Single from The Allen Forrest Project Presents.

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Forrest started M. Republik Music Group in Los Angeles, California, in 2005. Match has shared the stage with pop reggae artist Sean Paul, Joe Budden, and several other acts.

Matchstik has worked with notable music producers such as Jean Baptiste (The Black Eyed Peas), Derek Bramble (Faith Hill, Bowie, Whitney, Will Smith, American Idol), and Phonix (The Game).

He has also worked with celebrity photographers such as Hamesh Shahani (Credits: Sir Richard Branson, Beyonc'e' Kanye West, Common) Oleg Kud (Rich Boi, Lupe Fiasco, Wailers) Brad Christopher (Jay Rock, Kendrick Lamar and Taryn Southern).


Forrest is the founder of The Good Music And A Good Cause movement which has 378 members, and is a social media advocacy mission to create awareness for charities through social networking. The Good Music And A Good Cause movement was mentioned in Billboard Magazine.[11]



  • The Concept (2009)
  • The Great Awakening (2011)


  • The Allen Forrest Project (2012)
  • Supanova (2013)


Allen Forrest Gallery
Allen Forrest with Bill Clinton
Allen Forrest with The 42nd President Bill Clinton discussing World Peace And Ending World Hunger at The 65th Decade Of A Difference Birthday Party. 
Matchstik I'm famous
Matchstik - In Billboard Magazine 2009 from the Matchstik, "I'm Famous." Photoshoot with Photographer Brad Christopher. 
Matchstik and General Powell
Allen Forrest and The 65th United States Secretary of State General Colin Powell At The 42nd Annual NAACP Images Awards. In Los Angeles, CA. 
Good Music Good Cause
2009 Points of Light Institute National Conference On Volunteering & Service at the Moscone center San Francisco, CA


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