5am (Spoken Word Version)

Check out the spoken word version of my song 5am.

Took out the guitar part and just delivered it a bit slower to make sure everyone gets each line. Kinda similar to my Room in Here video a couple months back. I pride myself on being a poet with these lyrics translated through melody and bars so, it’s great to see the words slowed down with no music… Gets people listening more…

Check for yourselves:

 

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Room in Here (Poem)

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Whats goodie yall. It’s been a minute. Instead of boring you guys with the reasons of my recent hiatus, I thought I’d break the ice with something really important to me.

Last year me and some lads covered one of the dopest songs ever from one of the dopest artists ever. I’m of course talking about Anderson Paak and his record “Room in Here”.  We performed it live at a bar/music venue on the Upper West Side called Prohibition. My boy Shane (IG: @shanezenmusic) was on the guitar and my bestie Robin (IG: @funkmogul_) was rocking the vocals. Check out this snippet if interested… and this one too.

Aside from playing keys, I had a verse at the end. Knowing how The Game bodied his verse in Paak’s song, I knew I had to come correct. Which is what brings me here today. This wonderful video. Standing as one of my best/favorite prose I’ve ever written, this hip hop verse is delivered in spoken-word style, paying tribute to it’s poetic lines. While writing, I knew I had to spit BARS but still deliver metaphorical poetic lines, sprinkled with wit/charm to fully accomplish the goal (which I personally feel like I did).

At the end of the video, you’ll notice me promoting two awesome events that I have planned. First up Art Saves Mother Earth. I’ve recently joined a group called A New Black Arts Movement, and I’m proud to announce that I’ve been orchestrating my first event (Soul Session) with them. This soul session will be about tackling different issues of the environment and overall social injustice in our communities. Various performances from singers to dancers to spoken word artists will embody this theme. Also there will be live visual artists drawing/painting up some dope art. I know I have some followers abroad but if you’re in NYC, definitely, check this out. You wouldn’t want to miss it.

Secondly, on April 23rd I will be having a concert titled “Live @ Brian’s Apt.”, viewing on both Facebook and Instagram live. So even my peeps abroad could witness what I know is going to be one of my proudest moments. Brian is my dope cousin and I will be performing in front of a packed, raging crowd in his living room lol. I planned this to be very intimate, as you can tell. I will share most, if not all, of my talents ranging from being an instrumentalist to rapping. I will also bring some dope featured artists. More details on the way 🙂

But as of now… Ladies and Gents, I present… Room in Here:

One Time for the Love Child…

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I would just like to take a second out of the usual and review something quite personal to me. Last night was amazing, to say the least. Friends, family, and loved ones of mine gathered at the famous Nuyorican Poet’s Cafe to lay eyes on me and friends, Stephen M. James (SteV Maverick) and Luis Rivera, perform our first creation…our first love child(…pause).

As rapper/singer SteV Maverick stated before the performance “This is a song with no name… from a band.. with no name”. One night I was randomly inspired and created a chord progression with a singing melody and sent it to Stephen for a performance idea; something that would involve me singing the hook and Stephen performing a rap/spoken-word poetry over the jazzy guitar. He wrote the first part of the chorus and I wrote the second, he had words already written for the verses, Luis created a poppin-ass bassline, and the rest was history. Love child was made with the thematic intentions of universal love. Meaning, even though life constantly gives you struggle, you must ironically find beauty within the madness and always respond with love.

In the words of Kendrick “My knees gettin weak and my gun might blow but we gon be alright”.

Our goal was simply to bring the weekly Friday afternoon jamming sessions to the Nuyorican stage. And that exactly what we did, the soft and intimate vibe of the song mingled with the intimate setting of the Nuyorican as all eyes were locked on the trio.

Due to the 5 minute time frame at the Nuyorican, however, we had to cut some things out. There was a beautiful transition and melodic bridge that complimented the song very well. And not to mention, a great verse by bassist Luis Rivera was also in the works. Although edited out, he still made up for its absence in his solo performance of “Cada dia” right after we took the stage. But even though we performed with the edits, we can always make a studio recorded version. Besides, what says pop hit single more than a 8 minute song “love song”.

Without further blabbering, ladies and gents, I present to ya’ll…Love Child.