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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Loaf Muzik – The Munchies

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In honor of the late J Dilla, Loaf Muzik dropped a free mixtape on February 7, which was the date of the legendary producer’s birth. With The Munchies, the quartet from the Big Apple add another body of work to their nostalgic boom bap arsenal. Check it out below.

[FRESH ARTIST FRIDAY] Shawn Cooley – Beast Mode

Tennessee rapper Shawn Cooley drops visuals to Beast Mode and this one will keep you at the edge of your seat, literally. Shawn wrote, produced, and of course, performed the track himself and the video serves as a sneak peak to his upcoming project entitled The Curse of a Dreamer. Convince yourself of the triple-thread abilities of this up- and coming emcee by peeping the video. Add Shawn Cooley on Facebook, check out his tracks on Soundcloud and subscribe to his Youtube channel. It’s worth it!

[FRESH ARTIST FRIDAY] Cristion D’or – Ice Cream (Freestyle)

If you’re looking for a new favorite rapper with witty wordplay and fresh flows, New York’s Cristion D’or may just be the guy for you. Cristion has just released this gem of freestyle and new listeners beware; after pressing play you will find yourself searching for more material from this wordsmith. We’ve made the hunt a little easier by providing you with a link to some of Cristion’s mixtapes. Following Cristion D’or on Facebook and Instagram is also highly encouraged!

Anderson .Paak – Malibu [Album]

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Anderson .Paak recently released his latest album Malibu, and this LP is already a great start to a promising year in R&B Music. The album can be streamed below and purchased on Google Play and on iTunes.

[FRESH ARTIST FRIDAY] Qbaby of TeamQ– Choosin (feat. Shaneo)

Cincinnati-born rapper Qbaby drops off visuals to his “Choosin cut and this one is set to get you moving. The multi-talented artist, who also performs as a dancer and a singer, delivers a melody-accompanying flow over a minimalist produced beat and Shaneo wraps the song up with a solid guest appearance. Altogether, “Choosin is a complete success and should be included in your next party’s playlist. Follow Qbaby on Facebook and Instagram.

[FRESH ARTIST FRIDAY] Kidd Called Quest – Put Your Headphones On 2

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Kidd Called Quest just dropped the second part of his Put Your Headphones On series and Hip Hop heads who hadn’t had a chance to lend an ear are truly missing out. With Put Your Headphones On 2, the Rochester, New York, producer provides a platform for some of the hottest indie artists to receive recognition. The seventeen track compilation album features artists such as Big Shug (Gang Starr Foundation), Terminology, Scotty ATL, Vic Spencer and many more; all of which mesh extraordinarily well over Kidd’s well-arranged instrumentation and punching percussion. Put Your Headphones On 2 is also available for purchase on iTunes. Follow this talented producer on Twitter and Instagram and be sure to like his Facebook account.

Logic – Tree of Life (feat. Slug & Killer Mike)

Logic’s newest single Tree of Life touches on the preferences in today’s music and how the Hip Hop genre continues to branch out. Slug and Killer Mike both contribute a verse to the topic at hand. Logic’s harmonic hook along with Tae Beast’s chill production instantly provokes listeners to nod their head. Tree of Life is Logic’s most recent release since his debut album, The Incredible True Story, had hit stores back in November 13th.