The life and lyrics of a hip-hop artist


The clock reads 2:35 a.m. In a makeshift Tucson studio, Isaac Horenblas puts the finishing touches on his latest music.

Spending hours to create a three-minute track is just a normal night for a kid who has spent his entire life around music.

“I started playing piano since before I can remember, picked up guitar and drums soon after and played in some bands,” he said.

“I fell in love with hip-hop and started to write, produce, master and perform my music.”

All of his work is original, he said.

“No one else is in the studio editing my work. I make the ideas in my head that I put onto paper, and that turns into the music that comes out at the end of the process.”

Horenblas, a Pima Community College sophomore majoring in business, knows the road ahead is rigorous but said he is ready for the challenge.

“I’m not going to let anyone say that I can’t make it,” he said. “I’m putting my heart and soul into this. Becoming an artist is not a joke. I will do everything to accomplish my dream.”

Music provides a way for Horenblas to tell his life story, which has had its ups and downs. He uses personalized up-tempo beats.

“This is a new style that hopefully will catch on with this generation of music lovers,” he said with a smile.

Horenblas uses a stage name, MBforKING. The name doesn’t mean anything special, but he thinks people hearing it will want to know more about the artist.

His latest project, titled “High Class,” is already creating buzz in his home city of Portland, Ore. Nightclubs in Portland have contacted him.

He keeps fans up to date and gets his name out by dropping a new single once a week.

“The more I have out, the better chance someone outside of Portland will hear it and take notice of what I am doing,” he said.

Horenblas also plays his music at PCC campuses. When students approach to ask who is singing, he gives them headphones to listen.

“It works,” he said. “I was nervous at first to do this but if I want people to hear my music, why not hear it from the source?”

On a recent afternoon, several students took a listen. “Dope style,” said one. “I want to hear more of this.”

Horenblas takes inspiration from young musicians such as Wiz Khalifa, Mac Miller and Chris Webby.

“These guys are all around my age and to see them making it big helps push me to keep striving forward,” he said.

His goal is to record a track with artists he admires.

“Just being in the same studio as them would be a dream come true,” he said.

To hear Horenblas’ music, type MBforKing in the search bar on or

Where does Horenblas want his music career to end up?

“The top,” he said with confidence and swagger.

“My time to shine is coming and when it comes, I will be ready. I just hope everyone is ready for what I have in store for the world.”

Photo by Eric Klump.


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