Did You Catch It: D.R.A.M 1 Year

Did you catch it when it first dropped? D.R.A.M “1 Year” produced by Gabe Niles.

D.R.A.M, a rapper from Virginia who is the true creator of hit song “Cha Cha” that was later altered by Drake for “Hotline Bling”.  Although that maybe the thing you remember D.R.A.M by he is more than “Cha Cha”. He however did go on record about the situation. On “1 Year”he vents, “CTRL +C copying me won’t work too many people knew about mines first. Cha Cha.” he continues ” Ain’t no beef but nigga that shxt hurt to the point where I feel covered in that dirt!” This record serves as a full reflection of his last year. D.R.A.M expresses his feelings from his satisfaction to his disappointments. The production is on “1 Year” is insane! Producer Gabe Niles completely catches D.R.A.M’s style; his production complements the rapper inevitably.  The song is dope, the message serves as motivation to me personally. A clear message that all it takes is one year of consistency and you could be living your dreams. D.R.A.M is one of a kind… his style of rap has it’s own lane.  Check out “1 Year”, catch the wave and become inspired to bust your ass for the lifestyle you want.

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To Be Inspired: Meet Sir Taylor

Being able to be an artist and lend yourself to a craft is truly a gift. Being able to realize that gift and use it to benefit the world is a blessing. Painting has always interested me… I just never took the time to see if it was something I could personally exceed at. However, my love for art has truly grown and my appreciation for painters and multimedia artist has grown as well. It always interests me what inspired the artist to create. I know that there is always a story behind each line and stroke. I am interested in that story.

Sir Taylor is his name, an upcoming multi media artist from Chicago who uses inspiration to guide his artistry.

KM: What inspired you to begin painting?

Sir Taylor: I grew up watching , a lot of cartoons. That then transpired to drawing as a kid on and off. I was introduced to painting at an young age at a after school program. It wasn’t until I was pretty much grown that I really got into painting. It’s really weird how it took off after that , it felt really natural . Even when I struggled with it , it just felt right. Then I got inspired to figure out what I wanted to say versus mimicking what I saw.

“God Bless Us All” Oil on canvas | 2015|
I really loved this piece because of what it stands for. It’s based off of Inspiration from an N.E.R.D song , which also the title is “God Bless us All”. Basically the song is for a young black male. Pharrell is speaking in the words of an older brother. Basically encouraging this young man. Telling him he was born to bring change , you are brown in a world that’s black and white . But regardless, hold your head… you’re not dead. You can be just as successful as him. This piece speaks on the freedoms as a black male. It also speaks on fighting for those same freedoms. It questions the idea of freedom and what it means. Everyday is a battle, within yourself, against others, institutions, spirituality, etc. but still you push through. Even though you way feel defeated at times… you don’t have to look like it . In the end you’ll make it , just gotta hold your head up and persevere . -Sir Taylor
KM: What would you call your style of art?

Sir Taylor: My style of art, it varies.  I consider myself an multi-media artist . Meaning that I paint with different mediums occasionally . Hyper realism could appear but I really don’t know. I just put what I see and add what I feel.

KM: What inspires you most in life?

Sir Taylor: Life itself . What can be more inspiring to know that you can’t end up where you started if you really tried. The ability to see, hear, feel or even love. I’m inspired by a lot it’s hard to pick what’s most inspiring. It could be a song, words from my peers, other creatives, my family etc. My little cousin once told me he looked up to me, that may have been the most inspiring thing I have ever heard . Who’d think being accountable for another person could be inspiring . It’s crazy.

KM: What is your goal for your art?

Sir Taylor: My goal is to let my art say something and inspire people. When I was younger it would’ve been great to know an artist that came from where I come from. I feel that my life would have been different if that was the case. Although I have no regrets, I believe you go through things a certain way for a reason . I want my art to speak volumes and be more of a testimony. Letting kids like my younger cousin, know it’s OK the chase your passion. Hold on to that thing you love because it will make life that much rewarding .

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“For the Free”  Oil on canvas |2015| 
This piece is dedicated to the black woman. Based off the premise of freedom. It’s this idea of release. The idea of letting go and being you. I find at times women aren’t credited enough or that they wear so many hats they forget to breathe and let go just for a moment and embrace how great they are. I chose the image of an ballerina because I think they embody what I wanted to say. Showing the ability to be graceful , while enduring pain and being under so much pressure at the same time . I think that speaks value to our women, so I just want them to dance and be free, even if only for a moment. -Sir Taylor

Thank you Sir Taylor for allowing me the opportunity to feature your thoughts and art. KMSupports.

Contact Sir Taylor:

thesirtaylor@gmail.com

www.thesirtaylor.com

http://thesirtaylor.com/contact-the-sir-

Search The Crates: Janine “Hold Me”

We all know the phrase “better late than never” that’s exactly how I feel about this feature. Janine and the Mixtape, a songstress from New Zeland with hit single “Hold Me.” After some research I learned this song was actually released back in 2013. I know, super late but since it’s release the song has over 6.4 million hits. As I said it’s better late than never. Janine is truly talented with such a soft voice. “Hold Me” a very emotional record. “Baby don’t let me down, got a lot going on right now, and I need you to hold me.” This would be one of those songs when you’re feeling down and out that you turn on just to really feel your emotions; as if you’re already not an emotional wreck. Nevertheless KMThinks it’s great.. and I want those of you who haven’t heard of her to catch on. Again, as always.. you’re welcome.

Not Just Another Feature: GXXD Stress “FREE”

This isn’t your regular feature. Usually, I feature vocal artist this time I’m lucky enough to feature an upcoming producer. GXXD Stress is his name and he has a recently released EP entitled “FREE.”I was pleasantly surprised when I clicked the link because I automatically assumed that he was a rapper. You have no clue how refreshed I was to hear beats instead of vocals. I have a respect for producers because in most cases its the beat the either makes you love or hate a song. GXXD Stress channels what most would call “house” or maybe even “EDM” on the EP. I thoroughly enjoyed every track. Four eclectic beats with a feel that I mostly hear from overseas, “FREE” is an amazing introduction to the vibe of the upcoming producer. Click above and get familiar with GXXD Stress. #vibezzzz

G.O.O.D Monday: Kanye West ft Kendrick Lamar “No More Parties in LA”

After  a series of apologizing tweets over the weekend from Kim Kardashian about a skipped G.O.O.D Friday; Kanye West delivers today. So KM has declared today G.O.O.D Monday! “No More Parties in LA” featuring Kendrick Lamar was teased on the last G.O.O.D Friday and although I wasn’t all that excited for the release of the song I knew it would be great for the culture. I’ve listened to the track at least five times this morning trying to catch everything that K.Dot is saying and for you Kendrick fans let me know if you’re pleased with the verse. I think he did his thing… threw a couple shots at the Instagram models and delivered with his flow. I’m not a big Kendrick Lamar fan but I do respect his artistry and believe that he is one of the greats within our time of hip hop. Now Kanye on the other hand, I’m all here for Kanye! He has proclaimed that the writer block is over and I’m not sure about you but I believe him. It’s not an opinion anymore its more so a fact that Kanye is getting back to his old ways! I can appreciate “No More Parties in LA”. I honestly do like the track. Kanye flexes a bit on it and Kendrick throws a little shade as well. Let me know what you think of it. Is it what you thought you would get from a Kanye West and Kendrick Lamar feature? Do you think its a good record? Let me know what you think. @KMThinks_ on Twitter.

Trappin’ Ain’t Dead!: 21 Savage “Skirtt Skirtt”

Real trap! Real griddy! Real savage! “Skirtt! Skirtt!” by 21 Savage could possibly be your worse nightmare. From him stating that “stray bullets hitting little kids while they playing hopscotch” or “I fu-k on your bitch then I skirtt, we pull up and murder and skirtt” you can pick which one is your worse reality. 21 Savage representing Salugher Gang raised in Decatur/Atlanta isn’t in it for the for the theatrics, he made that clear in a previous interview that what he raps is 100% real. So maybe in fact the rapper himself could possibly be your worse nightmare. “Skirtt Skirtt”,  is merely his story from the trap. In detail he explains everything from the come up, hood stories, to the very rules that he lives by. Although the track could be deemed very dark… it’s still a hit. Embodying everything that makes trap music. If you’re a fan of trap music and have yet to get intune with 21 Savage do yourself a favor a press play. Skirtt Skirtt!

KMPicks: AprilFoolChild “Mangos”

“Hide and seek, come and find me.. I got the mangos for you. Usually so shy.. but not tonight, you can get all of this juice.” Introducing AprilFoolChild (Brielle) from Philadelphia. A beautiful songstress with an even more beautiful voice. Running into this talent on a daily makes me so happy and you can’t imagine how excited I was to hear something new. “Mangos,” a song where AprilFoolChild escapes her fantasy and is ready for interaction. She expresses it ever so delicately through her subtle lyrics and hums. Enjoy the vibes that she sends through this record. KMLoves and KMSupports.