Bruce Parker: Journey of Music

Bruce Parker PicIt was a mildly frigid Friday night in January when I decided to attend an indie Hip-Hop event in North Texas. I was among a diverse set of patrons; some came to support local artists, others came for the drink specials and a good night out, and a few attendants underdressed for a cool January evening may have come for different purposes altogether. But unlike others that had waited in line with me, I did not come to drink, nor dance. I came for one particular reason: Bruce Parker.

Tevin Rogers, better known by his stage name Bruce Parker, performed later that evening along with the Channel X collective. I had been anxious to see Parker take command of the stage. Just weeks prior to the performance, I was handed a pressed copy of his demo, which stayed in heavy rotation of my vehicle’s sound system until well after that show. There was just so much that drew me into his music; that creative, rhythmic flow, the multi-syllabic lyricism and, Bruce Parker’s ability to get his listeners in tune with the vibe that is set within each track. All of these qualities were present during his performance as well. But it didn’t stop there – Parker’s stage presence, the engagement with the audience, shifting in and out of various spots on stage while performing alongside the Channel X posse; all this observable skill hinted that Bruce Parker was far beyond your average local rapper.

blindsideMore than fifteen months have passed since that mildly frigid January performance and my ability to recount the event reveals how captivating Bruce Parker’s set truly was. During the elapsed time Parker has been networking and strategizing, working hard on perfecting his craft. He has just released a new single titled Blindside, and will deliver a debut performance of the song at the Crown & Harp in Dallas on June 6th. In between his studio sessions and meetings with promoters and event coordinators, I had the opportunity catch up with the promising Parker for a brief Q and A.

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Ta-ku & Wafia – Meet In The Middle

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Australian artists Ta-Ku and Wafia come together for an smooth and soulful R&B jam. This is the first single off their (m)edian EP, scheduled to release on June 24. In the meantime stream “Meet In The Middle” below.

Kanye West – 1997 Demo Beats [Mixtape]

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After listening to this throwback demo mixtape of Kanye instrumentals, the phrase “I Love The Old Kanye” definitely holds true. Consisting of eight unreleased beats, the tape was originally owned by a Miami record exec who passed in the early 2000’s and has been auctioned off twice since. The new owner and Soundcloud user Trilly Madison decided to be a true hero, and upload the whole tape for streaming.

The soulful, sample heavy, laid back instrumentals are works of simplistic beauty that showcase a sound far removed from Kanye’s more recent productions. Yet this tape is a true representation of the sound which made Kanye one of the most sought out producers in his early career.

Stream the entire project below, and pray to the hip-hop gods that more tapes like these get unearthed.

 

Mike Dean – Perle de Gris

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Mike Dean has helped build sounds for many of our favorite artists; most notably Kanye, Jay-Z, 2Pac, Selena, and Travis Scott. Now the Houston born producer is making waves of his own with a string of releases on Soundcloud. His latest one is a synth heavy trap instrumental, reminiscent of the vibe we got from Yeezus. Stream “Perle de Gris” below as well another recent release, “Grande Faucon”.

Cam’ron feat. Juelz Santana – Oh Yeah

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The dynamic duo, Cam’ron and Juelz Santana, bring back that classic Dipset sound on their new track “Oh Yeah”. Stream it below and be on catch Cam on The Smoker’s Club Tour this summer.

Clams Casino – Blast

One of hip-hop’s most consistent producers has to be Clams Casino. So we could not be more amped for his new album, 32 Levels, to drop on July 15. Here is the first single off the project titled “Blast”. Take a listen above and dive into the man’s Soundcloud discography.

Marshmello – Alone

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Haven’t been paying much attention to a lot of EDM that has been coming out recently, but I’m really happy I came across this track from Marshmello. “Alone” combines happy K-Pop sounds with a bouncy hardstyle beat and it turns out to be an absolute banger. Stream the track below and listen to more by Marshmello on Soundcloud.

Fargo – The LI Times Ep. 2 [Mix]

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When it comes to getting the vibe right Fargo is the dude with the right tracks to do it. His newest mix series, The LI Times, shows us how versatile of a DJ he really is, and this second episode primarily focuses in on smooth electronic and hip hop sounds. This is the perfect mix to wind down to on on this cloudy Sunday afternoon. Listen to The LI Times Episode 2 below and find the upbeat Episode 1 on Soundcloud.