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 36)
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.[1] he is a brand ambassador for TOMS shoe and eye wear and has been featured in [2], and with the founder of TOMS Blake Mycoskie. Forrest has also been quoted by FOX News.[3][4][5]

Forrest has released four studio albums and two EP's. The Concept [6] album released in Fall of 2009 has received over 100,000 digital downloads worldwide.

In 2011 Forrest released the rap album titled The Great Awakening which was released digitally worldwide. Allen Forrest is the executive producer of "The Great Awakening" and the first single from the album was titled "Written In Da Starz (Back Streetz)" featuring Lou Lou Malibu.

In 2013 Forrest and his label Mrepublik Music Group partnered with Clear Channel Communications under the "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. Allen Forrest launched Mrepublik Music Group in 2014. Since Mrepublik Music Group initial launch in 2014 Mrepublik has had 15 singles nationally featured on iHeart Media radio [7]

Allen Forrest released his 4th album "Forrest Fire" which in included 18 tracks and a guest appearance from the Island/Def Jam recording artist KAPTN [8][9]

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]

He was featured in Billboard magazine[11] and on's The New Now.[12] Matchstik was the first rapper to make front page headlines in Dothan, AL in the Dothan Eagle newspaper.[13] Matchstik's song Give Back (ft Whitney Phillips) was featured in the Sony movie Stomp the Yard 2: Homecoming movie soundtrack.[14] He severed as a panelist on the 2009 SESAC[15] annual Music Boot Camp. His 2013 single "Nothing Is Free" is produced by The Black Eyed Peas's hit-maker Jean Baptiste.[16][17][18][19] Allen Forrest released an acoustic EP titled The Allen Forrest Project[20] which includes "That's What I Say" and "Yo Raps", featuring Jennifer Åkerman.[21] Senator Cory Booker once publicly expressed his love for Allen's acoustic single That's What I Say on Twitter.[22]

Forrest started M. Republik Music Group in Los Angeles, California, in 2005. On October 31, 2014 Allen Forrest released his anticipated short film music video titled "Possessed" [23] His single "Playa Shhh"[24][25][26][27] was featured nationally as a featured artist on iHeart Radio for the month of January 2014[not in citation given][28][29] his second single from the album "Forrest Fire" titled "Possessed" was also featured nationally on iHeart Radio as featured single for the month of June 2014.

Allen Forrest co starred as the role of rap star 2 Chainz alongside the internet phoneme Jesse Wellens in his 2013 viral hit song Cookie Dance [30][31][32] which achieved over 9 million views on youtube. Rapper Que [33] ft Allen Forrest"Rich Problems" remix was featured on several music websites in 2014 [34][35]

Mrepublik Music Group released the Chicago native hip hop rapper Black Tha Don's "Anti Haters" ft 2 Chainz which was featured on the front page of iTunes "New and Noteworthy" music section.[36][37] Forrest also released "Black Tha Don ft Rocko the atlanta rap star under his all digital label Mrepublik Music Group in 2014.[38][39][40][41]

Allen Forrest single "Possessed" peaked at #68 on the Radio Wave Music Rhythmic Charts on June 21, 2014 [42] In 2014 American rapper Rich Boy and Allen Forrest collaborated on the single titled "Alabama Kingz" [43] Allen Forrest single "Kin Folk" was featured on the 2011 independent film "BLACKHEART" which won the 2011 ACTION ON FILM INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL AWARD, USA for BEST GUERRILLA FILM.[44][45]

Forrest graduated UCLA's Music Business program on September 11, 2014


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.[46]



  • My Life Story/Previously Recorded (2008)
  • The Concept (2009)
  • The Great Awakening (2011)
  • Forrest Fire (2014)


  • 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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