Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Gabrielle Kratsas Personality Portrait Assignment

Mike Santini, a junior American studies and Spanish double major at the University of Maryland approaches the mic as he prepares for a recording session of his new rap song, "Self-coaching" on March 25, 2012. This song is part of the fourth mix tape he has recorded after rapping for three years.

With his arm outstretched and his face almost touching the mic, Santini's emotion comes out through his lyrics as he raps "Self-coaching". Rarely is his head still enough for such a clear photo.

Santini stands with Brett Tozzi, a junior graphic design major, as he shares the frustration of yet another botched recording with his longtime friend and recording partner.

Feeling silly after finally completing a successful recording of "Self-coaching", Santini lets his true colors show in the middle of this homemade studio. Many recordings have been made in Tozzi's dimly lit room within the College Park Towers on Knox Road.

The Red Bull Santini drank in between recording attempts is countered by this pre-rap practice.