South Carolina artist Quell Keith drops some new music this weekend titled "You Ain't Real" featuring Mr Redbank. Quell is still preparing to release his forthcoming project, "Mellow Tonin" later this year.
Newcomer Q Guyton releases the visual for his latest single, "Beamer Life". The track is featured on his latest project, "Reduction" out now.
It is often said that there is nothing better a writer can do than to read widely, and nothing better a painter can do than to study lots of examples of other people’s work. The same is true for a musician. Formal education can only take musicians so far, the best (with and without it) are those whose diligence or passion persuades them to explore music on their own, especially across diverse cultures. Western music, even when one looks back across centuries, has only ever covered a small amount of what’s possible. Bringing in the influences of world music can help in creating a really different sound.
Increasing creative potential Where does creativity come from? There are deliberate approaches that can be taken to it, adjusting structure and form, and these can be useful at times when one feels blocked and lacking in inspiration. True creativity, however, is usually a subconscious process, which requires filling the brain with new ideas. Listening to diverse music isn’t all about deliberately seeking out ideas it’s about feeding the imagination, then sitting back and letting ideas flow on their own. Exploring music like this is an excellent way to find hidden inspiration.
Fusing sound In recent years there has been a great craze for fusion cooking, bringing together elements of different cuisines to create dishes that are original and unique. The same can be done with music, because there are so many very different styles from around the world that it’s always possible to find elements no one has tried mingling before. Bringing together traditional instrumental styles with modern audio effects, even things as simple as slowing them down or upping the bass, can also create really striking sounds.
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Atlanta artist Cam Major drops another new record titled "Forever Days", produced by P.O.P. Cam is prepping to release a new untitled project soon as well as a collaborative project with his collective Guru Treaty titled Gold Caskets.
Fresh off the release of his ‘I Cant Rap Vol 1? mixtape, Waka Flocka Flame returns with some more new music today. This one is called ‘Get Money’ and features Kobe. ‘I Cant Rap Vol 2? is on the way.
South Carolina artist Continental GT drops his new single, "FaceTime", produced by DJay Cas. The upbeat, summertime single is featured on SheBloggin.com's upcoming project, "The Arrival 3" which is scheduled to be released August 20th.
Harrisburg, PA native Mazon premieres another visual from his critically acclaimed mixtape “Moxy” called “She Good”. Produced by Brooklyn, NYC team The Stuyvesants, She Good is an ode to Mazon’s ideal lady friend, one who can cook and take care of her responsibilities as a woman. I know that's right. Take care of home, ladies.
Charlotte, North Carolina native King Carter is back at it and along with many others, seems to be inspired by the recent drama surrounding the murder of Michael Brown. So today we get a new track from him titled "Protect and Serve", produced by 9 Mil.
Kentucky emcee Allen Poe is back with some new music today titled "Don't Delay It", produced by Cookin' Soul. This serves as the second single from his upcoming album "How Gardens Grow" set to drop this fall. Shoutout to the crib, I adore seeing emerging Kentucky talent.
Like most of us, J Cole is disheartened about what's going in Ferguson, and the murder of Michael Brown, and felt inspired to give us some new music. He also had this to say:
There was a time in my life when I gave a fuck. Every chance I got I was screaming about it. I was younger. It’s so easy to try to save the world when you’re in college. You got nothing but time and no responsibility. But soon life hits you. No more dorms, no more meal plan, no more refund check. Nigga need a job. Nigga got rent. Got car note. Cable bill. Girlfriend moves in and becomes wife. Baby on the way. Career advances. Instagram is poppin. Lebron leaves Miami. LIFE HITS. We become distracted. We become numb. I became numb. But not anymore. That coulda been me, easily. It could have been my best friend. I’m tired of being desensitized to the murder of black men. I don’t give a fuck if it’s by police or peers. This shit is not normal. I made a song. This is how we feel.
Rest in Peace to Michael Brown and to every young black man murdered in America, whether by the hands of white or black. I pray that one day the world will be filled with peace and rid of injustice. Only then will we all Be Free