“I’m giving back to the community that me and my generation took so much from.”
3rd Twin, aka Roy Alexander Moore III, is a hip hop rapper and mentor to disadvantaged kids in Portland, Oregon. Named after his astrological sign of Gemini, the 3rd sign in the zodiac, 3rd Twin is a 20 year rap veteran who has done everything from winning rap battles all across the country, to being signed to a major label. After his raps were heard at an open mic night, 3rd Twin burst onto the Portland hip hop scene and quickly became known as the hottest young MC and best lyricist in the city. 3rd Twin started writing raps at the age of 12 and landed his first recording contract with DM Entertainment at the age of 14. His first group, Konflic, was formed with three other childhood friends who premiered at Po Hop as the youngest act on the bill.
In 1999, 3rd Twin joined forces with another local rap group Proz and Conz and went on to become Portland’s highest selling rap group, selling well over 20,000 units between two albums. Between 2000-2002 Proz and Conz traveled across the United States, and on to Mexico opening for Hip Hop greats, Wu Tang, Mac Dre, Souls of Mischief, Blackalicious and more. Roy soon broke off with two other members of Proz and Conz to form DNA (Denied Access) and was signed to Jermaine O’Neal’s Bogata Records label.
In 2005, 3rd Twin moved back to Portland and began working and recording his first solo project. The album was never released due to a burglary at the studio where he was recording. In 2008, 3rd Twin then relocated to Las Vegas with his two fellow DNA members where they formed the label Wall Street Records and began recording again. It was there that he would cross paths with his now producer/engineer, Grammy winner Tiger Roberts, who won a Grammy for producing the iconic Gladys Knight. This high level collaboration led to 3rd Twin creating a big buzz in Las Vegas for the next several years.
3rd Twin is now back with a vengeance in his home town of Portland and ready to make his solo artists statement in the Hip Hop industry with his latest single “Honesty” from the forthcoming solo album, “History in the Making”, due out in fall 2018. The music video for “Honesty” was produced by Gaddis Motion Productions, and directed by the award winning filmmaker team The Pander Brothers (Howie B., Jamal-Ski) who collaborated with L.A. based cinematographer, Kevin Pham (Vice TV) to bring 3rd Twin’s personal vision to life. The video had its world premiere in spring of 2018 at the Vidwest Film Festival and is currently in the festival circuit. It has already won the Gold Award at the Indie Film Awards in NYC and Diamond Award at the MindField Film Fest in LA. “Honesty” screened at the Hip Hop Film Fest NYC, at the National Black Theater in NYC and won Best Music Video at Motion Pictures International in Nigeria.
When he is not performing as 3rd Twin, Roy has also built a solid following in his community as a mentor, youth activity, and counselor with a focus on at-risk youth who have struggled with drugs and gangs. Roy also works with I AM Academy where he goes into the youth juvenile system and speaks with kids about recidivism and the transition process in returning back to society. Roy, who was a gang member in his youth and later struggled with opioid addiction has gone through his own recovery and now finds community outreach as a way to give back. “I find it so rewarding because I can try to prevent them from going down the same path that I went down.” Roy explains, “I’m giving back to the community that me and my generation took so much from.”
"I believe I was put in this position because I can identify and relate to these kids, cuz I used to be just like them but I made a change in my life and now I carry a message and not the mess."
3rd TWIN - MY STORY
Roy Alexander Moore III, aka 3rd TWIN, was born and raised in Portland, Oregon in the tumultuous 80’s and 90’s when the crack epidemic and gang violence was attacking the small Northwest river city, while the Hip Hop culture was taking over the world. For Roy, music provided an art form of raw expression. Portland was taking notes from the bigger city's like Seattle and Los Angeles while a young Roy Moore was coming of age and discovering his own voice that would explore his own struggle with addiction and personal tragedy in his young life and disadvantaged community.
Roy grew up with his mother, father and three siblings and for a time experienced traditional family structure where music was a big part of daily life. “I remember Sunday mornings my mom cleaning the house and blasting The Temptations and Rick James”, Roy recalls. But it was seeing Michael Jackson perform at the Motown Awards that would set Roy’s artistic path in motion. “my mind was blown and right then I knew I wanted to be a performer.”
Roy’s father left the family at a young age but Roy stayed focused on his interest in performing, taking dance classes and listening to MC Hammer for inspiration. Roy soon joined a dance crew that would perform all around the state at major events. In middle school Roy would Dj the dances and listened to Kris Kross where he realized that he had a natural ability to rap. “I told myself, “Hey I can do that" Roy recalls, “After that I wrote my first rap! and the rest is history.” Roy was soon part of a rap group called "Step 3" who performed at most of the assemblies and prep rallies and were designated the schools rap group.
As Roy developed into his teens, both his parents began to fall back into addiction and the struggles with Vicodin would soon afflict his older brother. Roy started experimenting with marijuana and alcohol around the age of 13 and prescription pills around 16 and 17 years of age. “By the age of fifteen I was smoking weed everyday and I was showing signs of being an addict” Roy reveals “…by the age of nineteen I was physically dependent on prescription pills and needed to take them to prevent getting sick.”
But Roy persevered with his dreams, having mentors like family friend and Hip Hop MC Sandman who encouraged Roy to stay focused on his rap skills that were advancing at a rapid pace where he would commit entire songs to memory without writing down one lyric. It was at a house party where there was an open mic that the Dj invited rappers to come up and rap. “It had never even crossed my mind to get up there…” Roy recalls. “…but I got in that line and when I grabbed that mic and started spitting my raps the crowd went crazy.” There was a well-known local rapper in the building that night and afterwards he approached Roy and later he took him to the studio where they made a song that was played for a local record label in town and shortly after that Roy was signed to DM entertainment at the age of 14. His first group, Konflic was formed with three other childhood friends who premiered at Po Hop as the youngest act on the bill.
In 1999, 3rd Twin joined forces with another local rap group Proz and Conz and went on to become Portland’s highest selling rap group, selling well over 20,000 units between two albums. Between 2000-2002 Proz and Conz traveled across the United States and on to Mexico and opened for Hip Hop greats, Wu Tang, Mac Dre, Souls of Mischief, Blackalicious and more. Roy soon broke off with two other members of Proz and Conz to form DNA (Denied Access) and was signed to Jermaine O’Neal’s Bogata Records label. He met with super producer Swizz Beatz for the negotiation of the purchase of 3 songs. Later on that year Roy attended the Hard Knock Life Tour and was given the opportunity to meet one of his favorite MC's of all time, Jay Z.
As Roy’s momentum grew so did his dependence on drugs, impacting his focus and performances. “My opioid addiction took away a lot of my motivation. If I was sick and didn't have any pills I wouldn't show up for studio time or performance dates. “Roy admits.”At times I was too loaded or intoxicated and performed poorly or sloppy. I went from taking them for a euphoric high to needing the to not be sick.”
Roy’s first attempt at rehab was in 2006 but didn’t last but on April 6th 2012 his brother died from an overdose on prescription pills and Roy went back into treatment and has been clean since April 27th 2017.
“With recovery is freedom.” Roy describes, “At first you're uncomfortable and scared and then angry. As your mind begins to quiet, that feeling of freedom strengthens…I felt like the new me. I felt like I was given a second chance.”
3rd Twin is now back with a vengeance in his home town of Portland and ready to make his solo artists statement in the Hip Hop industry with his Latest Single “Honesty” from the forthcoming solo album, “History in the Making” due out Fall 2018. The music video for “Honesty” was produced by Gaddis Motion Productions, and had its world premiere in spring of 2018 at the Vidwest Film Festival and was directed by the award winning filmmaker team The Pander Brothers (Howie B., Jamal-Ski) who collaborated with L.A. based cinematographer, Kevin Pham (Vice TV) to bring 3rd Twin’s personal vision to life. The video, currently in the festival circuit, has already won the Gold award at the Indie Film Awards in NYC and Diamond award at the MindField Film Fest in LA. “Honesty” screens at the Hip Hop Film Fest August 2nd 2018 at the National Black Theater in NYC.
Since then Roy has been active in street - level gang outreach programs working all around the streets of Portland, Oregon with at risk and gang impacted youth for the age of 12-25. Wherever there's a potential for gang activity i'm usually there. Roy also works with work with I AM Academy where he goes into the youth juvenile system and speaks with kids about recidivism and the transition process in returning back to society. He also told his recovery story at a summit for the mayor and the mayors office in Portland Oregon about being an ex-gang member and how he made it through that difficult period and now works with disadvantaged and at-risk youth to prevent gang violence. and spoken in front of the Multnomah County Commissioners Council on behalf of a young man in recovery.
3rd Twin performs in the award winning music video "Honesty" dropping everywhere Fall 2018!
The Music Video - “Honesty”
Roy describes the single single “Honesty” as “a searching and fearless moral inventory of myself.” It also is the first time Roy addressed the tragic memory of his friend being shot in the back seat of the car where he was mere inches away in the front seat. “I was never the same after the night my friend was killed in front of me.”Roy explains, ”Before then I was innocent and I looked at life as just a wonderful adventure but that night showed me the dark side of life and I’ve suffered from post-traumamatic stress disorder because of what happened that night ever since.
In 2017 Roy with his Management, Thorn City Syndicate and Producer Juston Gaddis enlisted Portland Filmmakers, The Pander Brothers to realize Roy and Juston’s vision of a music video that would capture Roy’s story and the painful events that fed into his addiction. Told from the perspective of a man who commits suicide and finds himself in a purgatory between life and death, reliving the conditions and events that led to his addiction and tragic end. In telling his story from a limbo state, his soul seeks salvation.
The early redemptive music had its world premiere at the Midwest film fest and was an award winner at the 2018 NYC Indie film Fest and The 2018 Mindfield Film Festival in Los Angeles. Honesty is also an Official Selection at the 2018 Thunderdance Film Festival in London, England. “Honesty” also screens at the Hip Hop Film Fest August,2nd 2018 at the National Black Theater in NYC.
The Full Length Album - ‘History in the Making’
3rd Twin has recorded a full length album that will drop titled “History In The Making” in The in Fall of 2018. It explores the full range of emotions of Roy’s journey to the dark side of addiction and back. “It’s my history and my story.” Roy explains, “It’s me hitting rock bottom and climbing out of that pit shining through all the dark moments, showing that I’m a force to be reckoned with when everyone counted me out! It's me giving hope to anyone who is hopeless and shown them that it's possible through hard work and perseverance... not to mention me rapping my ass off throughout the whole album.”
Currently a 3rd Twin Documentary Produced by Gaddis Motion Productions and Hullabaloo FilmWorks and is nearing completion due to be released in conjunction with “History in The Making” and will delve into the 3rd Twin story of recovery and his second chance at his dream of touching people with his unique lyricism and personal story of overcoming the odds.