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Public Eye: Kendall Mallett, 21, '90s nostalgist

The dream of the '90s is alive in this college student


What are you up to?
I'm studying for my drama class. I've never been in a stage production in my life, so I'm wading in unfamiliar water. The idea of being on stage makes me nervous; I'm a shy person, always been quiet. Got it from my dad, who's quiet too. Jeez, the last time I even remember being angry was maybe three years ago.

What's your secret for staying even-keeled?
Just do stuff to keep your mind off of it. Usually I'll go home and make beats. I make stuff that's all over the place—dubstep, hip-hop, R&B. I try to do as many genres as I can. I call myself VisionaryTactic because, in school, I've always been a visual learner. So when I make music, there's always a visual playing in my mind as inspiration.

I love the high-top fade.
Cut it myself. Took a while. I was watching Fresh Prince one day and was inspired by Will's haircut.

Speaking of Fresh Prince—did you mourn the passing of Uncle Phil?
Yeah, I did feel sad. I felt the loss in my heart. He was everyone's uncle.

What's on your iPod right now?
CeCe Peniston's "Finally."

High-top fade, Fresh Prince, CeCe Peniston—you're really into the '90s.

Yeah, yeah. But my shoes, the Nike Air Flight 89, are actually from the '80s. Barely.

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