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From what I’ve seen, Kanye West new music is apparently a “poor attempt at rebellion against fame & a music industry that he happily partakes in”. Oh, and “it sounds like something Marilyn Manson did years ago”. Dear America, you don’t know what you want so please STFU.
I say America because it’s not just about Hip-Hop anymore. I challenge you to use the search tool on twitter to watch the opinions of thousands on current events. I find it interesting that everyone wants to see anarchy but no one wants to throw the first brick. It’s like you can only be against the system if you’re broke & sitting on your couch with everyone else.
I use Kanye as an example because his “attempt at rebellion” is exactly that but is being overlooked by personal feelings rather than focusing on the act. The fact that he’s rich & a few publicity stunts is why lyrics in his song “New Slaves” are taken as if they may not be genuine (Or true). As a fan, I can say that this new music from him doesn’t blow me away but the energy is inspiring. Essentially, I assume that the goal is to open eyes and ears & push the envelope creatively & socially.
What better (& creative way) to do that then to project your face on buildings across the world & recite lines like “The DEA teamed up with the CCA, they tryna lock n*ggas up, they tryna make new slaves”. Do your research on prisons and you’ll find that the numbers reflect more fact than opinion in a line like that. The last part is mildly based on what brand of conspiracy theory you’re into, but the idea is solid enough to…Continue
I met Tendal Mann & his little brother Royce back in 2011 at the 10,000 Hours EP release party. They were working on a few short films & working with some mutual colleagues in Macon. Well spoken, hard working & extremely talented at a young age. (Tendall is 13, Royce is 9 I think) They (including their mother Sheri which I'm sure is a big part of why these kids are the things I just mentioned) asked that G! & I be a part of the movie on the music side. Blown away by the fact that Tendal is doing a good amount of the work on the writing, directing & producing side, it was a great opportunity & a lot of fun for us to create "Without You".
It was my first time writing a song for a movie & I look forward to the chance coming around again. Thanks to Tendal, Royce, Sheri, the Bontrager Twins, Tyara, & of course G! Hope you guys enjoy the song. Trailer for the movie is below & if you're in Macon GA on May 17th, there will be a test screening for ZOMBIE CRUSH at The Cox Capitol Theatre. 7pm