Torrey Paul aka “Mastamynd” grew up in one of the toughest neighborhoods in New Orleans; Cut Throat City on Benton Street in the 9th ward. Life here was a constant struggle with drugs flowing through the hood and violent shootings creating an incomprehensible sense of normalcy.
At age 11, Torrey used his rhymes to express life as he knew it and began freestyling in many of New Orleans talent shows. A local label, Triple Trey Records, ran by Cyril Melancon aka “Big Duttie” was growing and creating a buzz in the city. Torrey, at age 10, would purposely run into Big Duttie reminding him “I can rap.” He was always told he was too young and to stay in school. Until one day Big Duttie heard him spit.
Mastamynd was officially born.
While working with Triple Trey Records, Mastamynd teamed up with his long-time friend Ryan Hale who formed the group the N.O Chasers. They recorded several songs but never had a chance to release their mixtape titled, “Worth the Wait” with a second mixtape titled “Blocc Grind” following the release. Unfortunately, neither were released as Big Duttie was incarcerated for 5 years.
After leaving Triple Trey Records, Mastamynd was approached by Tracy Bridges, owner of Off the Hook Records. At the age of 17, Trey liked Mastamynd’s sound and signed him to his label. He performed shows, opening for Mystikal, Weebie of Trill Ent., and Hot Boy Turk and his career was starting to move forward, until 2005.
A day before hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans, Mastamynd and Trey were moving studio equipment out of the studio to avoid the storm. When outside the studio, Trey was targeted by two unknown men, shot and killed. Hurricane Katrina blew through New Orleans the next day causing most of the population to relocate to Houston Texas, including Mastamynd.
Just as life was starting to resume some normalcy after the storm and music became a priority again, Mastamynd was struck with yet another tragedy. After getting off from work, Mastamynd’s brother was carjacked and killed a few days before Thanksgiving. After living in Houston for 7 years and consumed with anger and pain, Mastamynd decided to move back to New Orleans where he met Big Ace of Boss Entertainment at his brother’s funeral. Ace started talking about his label and shortly after Mastamynd began recording in his studio. While working under Boss Entertainment, he recorded numerous mixtapes and opened for artists such as Juvenile, Colonel Loud, S-Eighty, Big Freedia, Partners-N-Crime and UNLV. As his success grew, Mastamynd began collaborating with Flight Boy of No Limit Forever and multi-platinum artist Mr. Serv of No Limit Forever.
With his career gaining momentum and new projects in the works, Mastamynd wasn’t in the mind-frame for what was to happen to him next. In January of 2014, while cradling his mother in his arms, he witnessed her passing from cancer. As one of the lowest, pain-filled times of his life, Mastamynd was ready to give up music. That is until his mother came to him in a dream and told him to “make her proud.”
Diving back into the studio with renewed strength and purpose, Mastamynd began creating new music and branching off into new directions to brand himself. His entrepreneurial spirit for more has driven his passion for creating his line of clothing aptly named “WDFO” We Don’t Fall Off in 2014. Sales started increasing and he was shown love from many places including countries like Scotland, London and Sweden.
But he wanted more.
Creating music under Boss Entertainment wasn’t going in the direction he had hoped. His best friend, and Phreedom Records LLC artist Butta Bezzy, kept telling him about this new label he was signed to. How his CEO, CO’Baby was doing business with producers like Jay Da Menace, Nave Monjo and KC Da Producer. Mastamynd listened, ran into CO’Baby at venues such as the Red Velvet where both labels had performances, but wasn’t ready to make a label change.
Several months later Butta Bezzy would no longer be around to talk business, share a joke, or make anyone smile again. Butta became a victim of jealousy, envy and money from a close cousin and was taken from our lives to soon. His passing brought several of Mastamynd’s label mates in contact with CO’Baby where it became known that Mastamynd wanted a new label. CO’Baby met with Mastamynd and was signed in May of 2018.
Mastamynd, under Phreedom Records, now has new music, is part of a group called Tha Team with label mates G.o Dixon and K.g, he is dropping a single on July 4th, 2018 called “U Ain’t No Rapper” featuring platinum selling artist Krazy of 504Boyz and Tec9 of UNLV, released a new single “I’m On One” as a tribute to the creator of the song, Butta Bezzy, featuring Tha Team already available on all music sites, increasing his brand “WDFO” sales, and working on a solo project. 2018 is Mastamynd’s year and he’s wasting no time in building his empire. And Phreedom Records is proud to have him on their team.