Whatever you do, don’t call Prince Michael of Love and Hip Hop: Miami fame a promoter. Even though, as he makes clear on both the show and on his social media, that that’s precisely what he does — throughout various hotspots in Miami, no less — the 28-year-old recoils from the association that most have in their minds about the position.

“It kinda sucks that they have such a negative connotation,” he said from the MTV Video Music Awards red carpet, “because every bar, and every club, I’ve worked with has been very legitimate, very about the business, very on point. I mean, of course there are sleazeballs in the business — because many of them have access that others don’t have. But insofar as being shady — that’s more for smaller cities. Not for someone like me.”

Prince Michael’s “good business practices” may not only be rooted in his personal code of ethics. Aside from the Miami club community being very small, thus minimalizing the possibility for any “shady” business practices that would screw over one party or another, any good promoter knows that when he partakes in creative ventures of his own, he would want the same professional courtesy that he once extended to others.

And now that he’s starting a musical career of his own, he’ll need all the support he can get from the community that catapulted him to a spot on a hit VH1 show.

But according to him, the Mona Scott production didn’t necessarily help him when it came to his work. “It gave me notoriety — a lot of people know my name and my face now — but it didn’t bring more clients to me. It didn’t bring more girls that wanted to come to the clubs. If anything, it actually alienated me as an artist — because it made people feel some type of way. Which is unfortunate, because I’m very open and very down to earth, and very easy to work with,” he said.

Perhaps, then, Prince Michael is hoping for better luck when it comes to his music. Though he has a bit of the aforementioned “notoriety” when it comes to his music — thanks in no small part to a viral dance called “Papi SHAM Poo,” so named for the Dominican slang term for a sharp-dressed man whose hair is on point — he’d prefer to be known as a serious artist.

What’s more, Prince Michael says he has the musical chops to prove his mettle. “It’s gonna be really dope,” he said. “The best way I can describe it is that it’s got an old-school vibe — a little bit of 1980s, a little bit of 1990s.”

With features from such heavy hitters as Kent Jones, Prince Michael didn’t make it clear when, precisely, the project would drop. However, he hopes that this is the project that capitulates him to the stardom that he’s worked for nearly all his life.

“Being in the club and hearing Future is dope,” he said. “But I can do all of that…and more.”

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