The Emergence of Butterfly Ali

Jo-Carolyn Goode | 3/6/2020, 4:01 a.m.
Butterflies are some of nature’s most beautiful creatures mainly for their various phases of life that allow them to transform ...

Butterflies are some of nature’s most beautiful creatures mainly for their various phases of life that allow them to transform through a process called metamorphosis. Humans are like butterflies too constantly changing to reinvent themselves.

Titus Makin is a name that we are all coming to know from his acting repertoire. He has had roles on “Glee,” “Star-Crossed,” “Pretty Little Liars,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” and “The Path.” Now we can catch Makin on-screen in his new starring role on ABC’s “The Rookie.” He plays legacy rookie by the book officer Jackson West. The show has been picked up for a second season. Makin has said to expect a lot of drama, romance, and guest appearances as the squad gets a bit of a shake up. Although we tried to squeeze more information out of Makin all we could get was that his character Jackson may loosen up a slightly in this new season with the help of a new flame. Alright now Jackson!

From his on-screen love to his personal #1 love; Makin is making time for his personal passion, music. Ladies and gentlemen meet Butterfly Ali.

Who has not heard of the infamous quote from award winning boxer Muhammad Ali, “Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee. The hands can't hit what the eyes can't see.” It has been the inspiration for so many things including one of Butterfly Ali’s early songs. “I just literally felled in love with it,” he said as he told of why he favored it so much that he also chooses to use the quote as a muse for his alter ego. “It is an artistic expression. I took the strength of the butterfly that Muhammad Ali would quote about in his training where you can be a beautiful thing and assuming but very strong and powerful and I gave the props to Muhammad Ali for saying it,” said Butterfly Ali.

Butterfly Ali’s music can be characterized in a similar manner that it is strong and powerful and assuming all at the same time. The singer/songwriter has a very soulful background with music influences like Marvin Gaye, Pharell, Andre 3000, and Celo Green. He blames that vibe on his parents who had this type of music on repeat when he was growing up. It’s the combination of his musical interests coupled with his world travel as a military kid that has shaped the artistry of musical genre. “I have always been kind of a respectful rebel. I have always been drawn to the edgier things in life. It is always cool for me to draw outside of the lines.” He continued speaking about how his travels and interests equaled the “creative bug” that he is.

Drawn to the soulful corkier styles of music, Butterfly Ali is introducing himself with two newly released singles, “Rose” and “Righteous.”

Rose is a plea to a former relationship where he questioned if he had just let “the one” slipped through his fingers. Where “Righteous” takes a different approach that calls for one to look at their own flaws and faults before judging others on that same criteria. “It's like why are you acting so self-righteous. Don’t forget we are all just as screwed up.” Both songs are very personal for Butterfly Ali as they are based on real life circumstances. He hopes others can learn from his experiences.