An ode to Hip Hop.

An ode to Hip Hop.

 It was sometime around the beginning of this year that I realised I had fallen in love with a genre, the art form that we call Hip Hop. 
It started off as mere infatuation, a childhood crush, but this year I really caught da feelings

During my infatuation period, I remember Kendrick Lamar took me on a sonic journey to Compton, Biggie brought out my inner thug and his feud with Tupac? That was my first step into the History of what was to become my future. 

  It's funny, I'd only just scratched the surface, I had a hell of a lot more to learn. Having read and understood all there was to know about the East Coast vs West Coast feud, the essence of the culture and where it really began.

I discovered that contrary to popular belief, Hip Hop did not begin with Biggie, Pac, Wu-Tang or any of the other names generically associated with the genre. It was conceived before the 90's, the 1970's to to be precise, and rap/emceeing didn't even exist at that time.


This shall be continued in my next post, of which will be the first of a series I am starting on this here blog.
An introduction to this series was the purpose of this post. I am going to take all of you onto a journey of discovery with me.

It's free, expenses will be covered and life insurance won't be needed so you have no reason to say no.

The discovery we're making is - The history of Hip Hop.
I hope to educate you as I educate myself.
I hope to share a passion of mine with you.
I hope you grasp what it is that inspires me;
what it is that made me fall in love.
I hope you see the beauty in the crud.
The sensuality in the rhymes.
The arousal in the flows.
The climax in the beat drop.
The stimulation in the lyricism.
The vulnerability of the story.
 More than anything, I hope you enjoy it.

Peww pewwww.

Side note: If you enjoyed Erykah Badu's - Love Of My Life; her ode to Hip Hop.
I seriously recommend you listen to Canadian Producer - KAYTRANADA's rendition.
Vibe with it.
When I say he is one of the masters of feel-good beats...
Anyway, that's for another post.


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Mixed Reviews.

Mixed Reviews.

Everything in life is subject to critical evaluation and conflicting opinions. Some opinions educated, some subjective. So what would you expect from an EP titled 'Mixed Reviews'?
Controversy? Versatility? Eclecticism?

Indianapolis' 'Melody Reyne' has laid her foundations for the skyscraper that is the music industry, utilizing the broad body of work that is 'Mixed Reviews'. An introduction as to who Melody Reyne is and a platform for her to introspectively establish herself. Listening to this EP took me back to the R&B of the 2000's. Men grazing their baggy jeans in the presence of dramatic rainfall; a bid to get their girl back. Synchronized dance moves paired with strong vocals; performed in Spy Kids-esque music video sets and costumes.

My favourite tracks on this EP are 'Marley Love' and 'You and I'. Melody herself has answered a few questions for you all, I hope from this you can get a better understanding of who she is an individual. Enjoy!

Musical inspirations/influences?
I would say my biggest music influences are Lauryn Hill & Erykah Badu . They inspire me because they both are awesome musicians and writers and put so much real emotion into their music no matter what the subject. 

What was the overall concept behind 'Mixed Reviews'?
The EP didn't really have a concept, the project itself was just a collection of songs I wrote to try to learn more about myself as an artist and see what my sound would be like. I titled the project "mixed reviews" because I knew the project would be somewhat eclectic, so I knew different people would have a different take on how they felt about it. This was just a little something to show what I'm about and to give a sample of what's to come. It was just me owning my sound despite how it would be received.

Plans for the future? 
I plan to keep writing and building up my catalog of songs . I also plan on performing more so I can build a fan base from the ground up. Possibly a tour?

The most played song on your iTunes right now? 
I would have to say.  Jhene Aiko - Stay Ready ft.Kendrick Lamar 

Your favourite artist and why? 
Lauryn Hill would be my all time favorite artist.  She's the best to have ever incorporated the art of spoken word with a soothing voice and great message.  

What are your beliefs on originality?
I feel like originality is always the best way to go.  No one can be a better you than you.  I would rather fail while being original, than to try to succeed in being someone I'm not.  At the end of the day music is self expression for me as a writer, so I always aim to stay as true to myself as possible.