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Background information
Birth nameAlvin Augustus Harris
OriginTampa, Florida, U.S.
Genreship hop, rap, R&B, Soul, funk, Electropop
Occupation(s)Rapper, producer
Years active2000–present
LabelsGrand Extravagant Entertainment
WebsiteThe World According to Funkghost

Funkghost (born Alvin Augustus Harris on June 26, 1972) is an American hip-hop artist/producer from Tampa, Florida.


Funkghost was born in Newport News, Virginia on June 26, 1972. In 1986, his family relocated to Tampa, Florida. After graduation from Bloomingdale High School in 1990, he began performing in and around Tampa's Ybor City commercial district with various bands/DJ's helping form the emerging hip hop scene in the Tampa Bay Area.


Funkghost began his career in the early 1990s as a studio apprentice under the tutelage of keyboard/organ player Edwin Birdsong, who had worked extensively in the 1970s and early 1980s with Jazz Musician Roy Ayers.

In the summer of 1999, Funkghost traveled to New York City and collaborated with Tampa Native Celph Titled who at the time was working as an in-house producer and A&R for the now-defunct BUDS International and Bronx Science Records. They would go on to release Funkghost's 1st 12' single "Instructions" b/w "Tampa International".

In 2000 Funkghost released his debut LP "Ultra Boogie Highlife".[1] The LP was well received by critics [4] but failed commercially. Only 20,000 copies were circulated. Ultra-Boogie Highlife is now considered a hard to find Cult Classic.[2][3] The album cover for Ultra-Boogie Highlife features a young and (at the time unknown) Real World alumna Melissa Howard. In early 2009 he formed his own independent imprint "Grand Extravagant Entertainment" and released the single and video "The Way I Rock My Clothes" in February 2009. The song was produced by Symbolyc One "S1" [4] who would go on to co-produce Kanye West's 2010 single "Power" a year later. "The Way I Rock My Clothes" was well received by critics[5][6] and has since garnered mix show airplay on FM stations across the United States.[7] On July 1, 2009, Funkghost released the single and video for "Vintage Futuristic". The song was produced by Australian hip hop producer M-Phazes.[8] "Vintage Futuristic" spawned several remixes[9] and again, was well received by critics.[10] On April 19, 2010, Funkghost released the single and music video for "I'm Your DJ". The song was produced, written, arranged and performed by Funkghost. Although a critical success,[11][12][13] "I'm Your DJ" was not a significant commercial sucess. On Sept. 5, 2010, Funkghost teamed up with music video director Jason Colvin (who directed his "I'm Your DJ" Music Video) and released a short film to his song "As Long As You Rock". The song "As Long As You Rock" again was produced, written, arranged and performed by Funkghost. On October 31, 2014 Funkghost released his second full- length studio album entitled Caviar Taste.

Personal life[edit]

Funkghost has two daughters. Lilani Zen Mendoza-Harris born on October 30th 2013 and Anastazia Isley Mendoza-Harris born July 10th 2018.



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  2. ^ "Fluid Friday". HiphoPolitico. April 24, 2009. Retrieved January 12, 2012.
  3. ^ Brought to you by Delasoulos (April 26, 2009). "Funkghost: The Grand Extravagant Update". HiphoPolitico. Retrieved January 12, 2012.
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  5. ^ [1] Archived April 15, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
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  7. ^ [2] Archived May 6, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
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  9. ^ "Laws – Vintage Futuristic 2 (feat. Funkghost) | on the vista". February 17, 2010. Retrieved January 12, 2012.
  10. ^ "New Funkghost video: 'Vintage Futuristic' | Tampa bands, Tampa concerts, Tampa Bay music scene: Soundcheck | & St. Petersburg Times". Retrieved January 12, 2012.
  11. ^ "Funkghost – I'm Your DJ (Official Music Video)". April 9, 2010. Retrieved January 12, 2012.
  12. ^ O'Shea, Rani (November 4, 2010). "a girl and her Hip Hop: Music Video: Funkghost "I'm Your DJ"". Retrieved January 12, 2012.
  13. ^ Random J (April 18, 2010). "Random J Pop | Where east meets west: Music video: Funkghost – I'm your DJ". Retrieved January 12, 2012.
St. Petersburg Times, published March 31, 2000 

Author: MICHAEL PATRICK WELCH Published Date: Dec 22, 1999

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