With his focus on communicating with people through his music, Inky stands out tall among many of his peers. His sight is set on the bigger picture, which is to make an impact, turn lives around, be a role model, and show the world what creating success from scratch looks like. Inky, born Sharn Forrest, is a rapper, songwriter, and record producer from the Caribbean. He started his musical journey at the age of 14. More than a decade later, a change of name from “Young S” to “Inky,” and the establishment of his record label, Ink Gang, he has shifted his focus to music that can stand the test of time while ministering directly into his fans’ lives.
Inky believes strongly in the power of music, and this takes center stage each time he’s creating music. “I often think about people going through different things and how much uplifting words can make them feel better, give them hope and make them keep going. So I do that through my music while hoping they can find all the succor and rejuvenation they need in the lyrics,” Inky said. The 31-year-old musician has collaborated with various musicians based on the Island of St. Maarten and New York City. He releases music under his record label, Inky Gang, with plans to grow the label and give more artists a platform to thrive.
Inky’s music is targeted towards people from all walks of life trying to get their lives together or dealing with one life issue or the other. “I often refer to my music as a potent stress reliever. Once you plug your earphones in, it takes you to another world entirely and helps you forget about your hardships of the day. It places you in my zone and creative space where I take control of your wandering mind through my lyrics,” Inky said. He wants to pass across his message to everyone going through one struggle or the other, thinking there’s no way out. Through his music, he sends them hope and positivity, showing them they are not alone
Inky has said many times that making music isn’t about the money for him. While he wants to be successful enough to take care of himself and his family, his biggest goal is to impact many people’s lives significantly. This goal also primarily motivated his dreams. He spent years watching music idols like Jay-Z, Kanye West, and Dame Dash build their brands from music before expanding into other areas like fashion, business, and even the corporate world. Inky wants to do the same and, in a few years, be seen as a worthy role model for many young people coming behind.
With his music still in the take-off stages, Inky has his plans well thought out. In five years, he expects to be an established artist and brand in hip-hop. He also intends to focus more on the business aspect of music, which primarily involves developing other artists and projecting them to commercial success. Building the Inky brand remains the one he has dedicated his entire life to, and he hopes the process inspires someone out there never to give up. He believes that his success story is right around the corner and will be the perfect climax for a long, winding journey to musical success. Learn more about Inky on his official Instagram page.