“I’m in the friend zone because I don’t put in effort to let them know I’m interested. Again, it’s a confidence thing and I make it seem like I’m okay with just being friends when I would like more. I settle for friendship.”
By: Shea Harris
I always have a special place in my heart for creatives who continue to perfect their craft and believe in themselves. As a new creative, I have nothing but respect for these individuals. These people encourage me. These people inspire me. Frederick the Great is a part of these people. We first met at A.R.T. Live Soul Night back in March and it was great vibes immediately. Y’all know I don’t like gassing people but, this young man is absolutely talented. At A.R.T. Live, Frederick performed The One featuring Colin Ansby and I immediately fell in love with the song. The beat was smooth and the lyrics were truthful. Frederick and Colin have known each other since middle school, but recently have had a chance to get together to create this beautiful song.
The song wasn’t even supposed to be made.
The beat was introduced to Frederick by Colin and he immediately fell in love with it. Frederick expressed to me that the first verse was already written and the second verse was supposed to be a poem. During the first verse he expresses his frustrations of someone who told him his music wouldn’t be good enough. The second verse expresses his feelings for a young lady he loved and lost. He chose to make a video for the song because it was very personal and he wanted to show people a visual story.
Use your art as your tool.
The production of this video is so natural and beautiful, I almost forget I’m not watching a movie. Frederick met the the videographer, IAmKevvn, through Colin Ansby. Their initial meeting was on set of another video, Friends by Rey King Ft. Colin Ansby, Andy Rey & Ash Lake. Once ideas were exchanged about the vision for the music video, magic was made. The video was shot in South Beach in order to make it more lively. During the recording of the first verse, Frederick was unaware that IAmKevvn was recording. This was completed within one shot without rehearsing. The whole video took about 2-3 hours to wrap up. From beginning to end, everything and everyone was natural and on point. When it comes to art, he’s somewhat of a perfectionist, hates bad vibes and needs everything to be balanced.
We don’t create songs, we take our time with music and share stories.
I can’t tell you all how many times I’ve watched this video. I can’t express how much I’m in love with this song and the visuals. Thankfully there will be more music and videos to come from Frederick. He loves creating music and generating ideas for videos. His new project is now out though: She Always Seems Heartless Afterwards. This project touches on his past relationship: how he felt and how he didn’t feel like he ever got his point across to her. The piece of art has a hidden message to it and there will more art released following this project.
I have been able to meet and come across various types of creatives since I started blogging. In a city full of talented people, its hard to come across unique individuals. The creatives who grasp my attention are those who set themselves apart. I was introduced to Run Clothing about a month ago and clicking on the website caught my eyes. It’s not often you head over to a site and hear music to put you in a serene mood. Run Clothing is for men and women looking for high quality hoodies, t-shirts and hats. The catchy phrases and vibrant colors express the exact sentiments of millennials today.
Raleigh/Durham is the home of many underground artists in North Carolina. During my short time living in the area I was able to attend underground events featuring poets, rappers, singers and producers. It’s not difficult to come across talent in RDU and its impossible to forget those talents, such as theDeeepEnd. I’ve been listening to this artist since he was spitting poetry via FaceBook and slowly making his way to a microphone.
I’m not the most knowledgeable when it comes to music, but I can spot talent from a mile away. He has the charisma, voice and message that many music heads look forward to once the auxiliary cord is plugged in. I’ll stop right here before I get ahead of myself and let his music speak for itself.
Check out his new song Prosperity and the rest of his catalogue on SoundCloud!