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Music Makes the World Go Round

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By: Shea Harris

The end of 2016 and beginning of 2017 has really blessed me with some bomb music. I have really been able to breathe slowly and whoo-sah through some situations because of some talented artists. There may be a few songs that get me in my feelings but after I shake the words, I just listen to the soothing beat. Let me just go ahead and jump right into it.

H.E.R.-Vol 1

For the longest, I’d seen this silhouette circling the web and wasn’t really sure who or what it was. One day I randomly decided to give this project a listen and completely fell in love. From the first record to the last, H.E.R. had me hooked. She samples some of your favs and does it in such a smooth way. I can honestly say my favorite record is U. I know it’s easy to say “oh I relate with this song so much”, but I seriously do. It’s something about being a single Southern Belle in South Florida and seeing how different you are from everyone. The way you talk, walk, dress, think, etc. The line that says it all for me is I’m not like those other girls, I don’t be acting brand new. Like ma’am, what?! I’m really trying my hardest not to dissect this entire song and album so let me move on. Just go give her a listen.

Syd-Fin

So I actually came across this album through my Tidal app. Anytime a new album drops, it’s listed with the other albums that come one within the same day/week. I think I waited about two or three days before I pressed play, but of course my timeline was already supporting her so I had to see what the hype was about. I recognized Syd by her name and face from The Internet, but didn’t know that much about her. Her voice is honestly everything I need to hear whenever I’m getting annoyed or stressed about sitting in traffic. It’s kind of hard for me to describe the music genre though. It has an urban, neo-soul type of vibe to it. Every time I listen to this album I just want to dress up in my sexiest outfit, put on makeup and act like I’m in a music video. Syd literally gives me all the feels and confidence to be sexy with this album. My favorite song by far is Drown in It. Unfortunately it’s only 1:11 (she knows good and well she could’ve given us an extra 2 mins 😑), but it’s still perfect though.

Solange-A Seat at the Table

QUEEN. That’s the first thing that comes to my mind when I think of Solange and this album. As soon as her project dropped in 2016, I played it completely through. I will honestly play this album all the way through without any skips. I barely skip the interludes! This album was exactly what the culture needed, but most importantly Black Women. She paints this raw and uncomfortable picture of what it is to be Black in America, but helps you deal with micro-aggressions at the same time. When I listen to this album it’s usually to remind myself that I’m a strong, beautiful and purpose-filled Black woman. Don’t Touch My Hair. That’s all. I know it’s big, thick and different, but just don’t. It’s weird. 

Childish Gambino-Awaken, My Love!

This👏🏾Talented 👏🏾Young 👏🏾Black 👏🏾Man. What planet does he come from?! Does he have a cousin? A brother? A nephew my age? Just kidding! I’m honestly quite upset that I’ve missed out on this mans talent all these years. Childish Gambino’s most recent album is exactly what I needed. He dropped this project right on time. Just when things were getting rough and uncertain at the end of 2016, he dropped this album and I got my entire life. I hate that I had not listened to any of his music before this album, but he has my attention now. I’ve been able to connect with so many of my peers just because of this one album. His songs are so simple and unique on this album that it’s impossible to dislike it. I don’t think I can pick just one favorite song off this album though. It’s a tie between Me & Your Mama and Redbone.  

Sampha-Process

I first heard his angelic voice on Solange’s Don’t Touch My Hair. I didn’t know his name until I looked at the featured artist, but completely fell in love with his presence on the record. A few weeks after Solange dropped her album, Sampha proceeded to do the same. Funny thing is Sampha and Syd dropped (I believe) in the same week. Listening to this man’s voice brought me into a different space. I was ready to hurry and get home to light some candles, meditate and do some yoga. No joke. Each time I listen to his album, I get a different message each time. I’m reminded to breathe and live each time I take a listen. Sounds a bit deep but its the honest to God truth (from my perspective). His voice always gives me chills and makes my heart flutter. You’ve got to check him out!

I know this was an extensive post, but I definitely felt like it was necessary for me to share some of my favs with you all. Is there anything you listen to that puts you in a calming mood? Let me know below!

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The Creatives Network

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By: Shea Harris

It’s the first event of 2017 that I’ve attended and I’m completely overwhelmed. My drive to the venue was filled with laughter, serious tones and a bit of frustration. I was getting caught by every stop light and of course typed in the incorrect city in my GPS. After a bit of craziness on my part, I finally made it to the event. As soon as I walked in the doors of the venue, art was thrown into my face and music was blasting through my ears. I felt like I was right at home with company. Everything that interests me was right in my face at that very moment. I was able to speak with a few of the artists, and here’s what caught my attention:

Lukeem

This particular artist wasn’t just unique to me because of his youth, but because of his story. His name originates from being diagnosed with Leukemia at birth (if that’s not a testimony, I don’t know what is)! His passion is music and he used it as a coping mechanism during his battle with Leukemia. Lukeem began writing raps in the 10th grade and picked up the artistry in the 11th. Once he graduated from high school, he decided to fully invest in himself and craft by buying studio equipment. He usually gets his beats from YouTube, but has worked on Logic Pro X. His performance reminded me of some of the performances I’ve seen back in the Carolinas: hungry, humble, appreciative and passionate. I loved that he brought his own flavor to the event and gave so much energy as the first to perform.

Daniel Ben Israel

My passion is to enlighten spirits. Music is a projection of my reality. Daniel was particularly different from any of the other artist because he understood my obsession with Bojangles. No. Seriously. This man understood what I meant by Southern Hospitality and why I need a chicken supreme dinner with french fries, a sweet tea and barbecue sauce. But besides bo-berry biscuits, his music was something a little different than what I’m used to. In order to speak with his audience and introduce spirituality, he uses biblical references throughout his raps and has a gritty tone to it. There may be a bit of profanity throughout his set, but profanity is used towards expression or an opinion. Although his music may not be for everyone, he makes sure that he’s fulfilling his purpose and sending out messages for the Kingdom.

Nadirah Naima 

What an amazing spirit. What an amazing soul. This young woman uses her passion through music and media and is pushing for her goals no matter what. As the only poet to speak throughout the night, she hit us right in the chest with the truth, reality and pain. To sit through her set was absolutely necessary for myself and many others in the room. She spoke about love, sex, STD’s/STI’s and many other issues women face in their lifetime. Her poetry is only one aspect of her many talents though! She is a radio personality, journalist and soon to be T.V. personality. A few of her short term goals include launching her radio show on Da Gr8 FM and curating events. Since many messages are often misconstrued, she wants to balance out how we as Black people are viewed in the media.

Onist Liquids

First off, can I just say that as soon as Onist stepped up for her set she demanded attention! I’m not talking about with words y’all, I’m talking about her presence and the tone of her voice. She owned the moment with her body language and you pretty much didn’t have a choice but to pay attention to her. Her style, flow and voice grabbed the entire room. Although she’s always been an introvert, she expresses everything that she goes through in her writing. In order to expand her audience, she attends open mic nights and networks with people through social media. Now during her set she rapped and had everybody rocking, but I was most amazed by her freestyle. This woman did not fumble, stutter and barely gasped for any breath. She was freestyling for so long and caught us by a storm that I felt bad for anyone who went after her.

As many of y’all know, I absolutely love underground events. If y’all come across any in South Florida, PLEASE let me know! I always try to support and do it for the culture. Until next time! 😘

A.R.T. Live

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By: Shea Harris

I didn’t realize how many gems I left in North Carolina until I got into the flow of things in Florida. I was used to attending open mic nights and seeing flyers on social media advertising talent in the surrounding areas. When I moved to Miami, unfortunately I didn’t get the same. I knew talent existed here, but it was like searching through a haystack for a needle. The only time I could look forward to seeing local artist was during Art Walk. It’s such a tease to sit and wait for the second Saturday of each month to come around just to spot artists in the midst of the turn up.

On Sunday, March 13th I was honored to attend A.R.T. Live presents Soul Night and please believe I got my entire life. While I was driving to the venue, I was calming my nerves so I would be able to arrive with confidence and show my purpose. I was scheduled to interview three performers and let’s be honest I felt like my life was in shambles. For some reason all these nerves were flowing through my body. I didn’t know if I was dressed appropriately, I didn’t know if the artists would be open to speaking freely. All in all, I just didn’t know what to expect.

As I walked into the venue, I finally just gained a sense of confidence and said “well girl you been poppin thus far”. After the tour of the beautifully laid out venue I was escorted to my seat to interview the first artist, Ari Safari. She was a triple threat: the first to perform, the only poet and the only female artist. She started writing poetry to practice her English when she moved from Puerto Rico to California. Alongside practicing English, she used her poetry to help her through various trials.

At her lowest points she has been able to come up with some of her best ideas. Ari hasn’t always stepped on stage in front of a room full of people though. She started with Facebook videos and as peers began to share them, people began to notice her talent. She has written for others, booked multiple events and only turns them down if there is a conflict with prior engagements. Let’s just say you need to check her out for yourself if you want to hear some brutally honest and raw content.

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After the first interview I was blessed with the presence of Reginald Ellison, the smooth and fearless saxophone player. At a young age Reginald took an interest in playing jazz music, but as he grew into this amazing musician he began shifting towards neo soul, R&B and Hip Hop. Reginald began playing the sax in middle school and has been playing for about 21 years. Not only is he a bomb sax player, but he is a firm believer that he has made it this far through the grace of God. Throughout our interview we shared stories of how far God has brought us, but that’s another story for another day.

Reginald has gone through the journey of being a starving musician with only music on his phone and a harman speaker. Through out his music career, he continued to showcase his talent and remained faithful to God. Over time he began to make relationships with people within the music industry for exposure. Sometimes without uttering a word, these same people would give him the equipment he needed in order to entertain various crowds. I’m still amazed he’s been playing the saxophone full time for a year and marketing himself during this time as well. I don’t even know what else to say about him except, GO CHECK HIM OUT!

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I’m not sure if you can tell by now, but I absolutely love listening to talented individuals. Once I was invited to this event I waited anxiously for the day to arrive. The same excited I felt while driving to the venue was still present when I interviewed Frederick. The Fort Lauderdale native began rapping at 15 years old and always knew he wanted to. His experiences and various sources of inspiration made him want to write. As much as he wanted to showcase his talent, it was difficult for him to do so with little to no open mic events in his city.

In order to gain exposure, he took a different approach instead of waiting for opportunities to come to him. Frederick searched through social media, google and found out about events through word of mouth. He has traveled as far as Orlando to attend events in order for people to understand why he should be the next South Florida artist to blow up. When it comes to his music, he makes it for himself and continues to practice his craft to live up to his full potential. Throughout his performance he spoke on topics such as love and injustice in the black community. His performance left me speechless and I will most definitely be keeping up with him as he continues to wow everyone.

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For those who know me pretty well, y’all know I can talk. I was only supposed to interview artist for 20 minutes but when I connect with people I just keep running my mouth. Unfortunately, I didn’t get a whole 20 minutes with the last artist but I learned so much about him through our brief conversation. HMTWN is from Tampa and Sunday was his first time performing in Miami. He has been rapping for 6 years and surprisingly this isn’t his first love. He picked up music to escape from various circumstances, as well as strengthening his communication with others. It took him 3 years to put out his album Without a Cape, which is dedicated to his deceased father.

In our brief interview I was able to see his genuine spirit and humbleness. He is very adamant about giving back to the community, especially to the youth. HMTWN’s dream is to incorporate sports and music together in order to keep children on the right track as well as living up to their full potential. I couldn’t help but realize how passionate he is about his stage presence and those surrounding him. HMTWN and his live band closed out the evening with their beautiful voices and unforgettable individuality.

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As you probably can tell, I thoroughly enjoyed myself and wish you all were there to join me. Special thanks to Lola Chél, Jordan Catering Co., the artists who performed and all the beautiful souls who filled the venue. I can not wait to see what everyone has coming up next!

March 2016

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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.

“What inspired me to start my own line was to create my own idea of what I believe fashion should be, my desire to create products that will speak for the non-speakers , give a voice to the voiceless. The name RIGHT UNDER NOTHING has attitude within itself , stands for above all and that’s the mindset I hope to give my  consumers.”
Owner of Run Clothing
Be sure to check out Run Clothing for apparel!

 

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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!