This song is written as a letter to the communities that I used to be a part of. I have been on a journey of self-discovery for many years, and as I’ve figured out who I am, unfortunately I have had to face environments that are close-minded and non-inclusive. I wrote this song during one of the lowest points of my life. I completed the demo in my basement on GarageBand and then brought it to the tech center to re-record it in the studio. I played all of the parts on piano and later added some bass and strings as additional production. I am so thankful that the tech center provided me with the opportunity to master my song and tell my story. I am sharing it in order to reach out to anyone who has ever felt hopeless like me and let them know that they are not alone. I want to encourage people to be themselves in the midst of difficult situations, and I want my music and its message to empower people to embrace who they really are and not be afraid to express themselves. I hope you enjoy the song. Thank you for listening.
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This is the Intro track of my first solo rap project as an artist called "Rookie Year". I recorded, mixed, and mastered all the songs on my own at the center. I also did the graphic design of the cover art. The project is just about me trying to break into the music scene as an artist, as well as just showcasing my skills as a performer and songwriter. This is something I'm really serious and passionate about. You can hear the rest of my album with the link below. It is streaming on all platforms. https://soundcloud.com/la_trello/albums
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Depression is a tale of the rigors of reaching adolescence, while feeling like the voice you've been given isn't being heard or has been taken for granted. This track is an ode to being vulnerable, while creating awareness to the numerous issues that take place in our youth's lives mentally and physically.
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In the mist of giving in to the pressures of growing up in a world of uncertainty, Romero looks to his mentor, Little, for guidance. In the conversation Romero talks being misunderstood causing him to breaking down and running out of patients. This was caused by the pressures of growing up in a city like Chicago where he sees so much poverty and constant injustice striking the heart of our urban communities. This is still hope. If given the opportunity to make an impact, Romero would choose the power of music to create a sound that will touch the masses and help the village. Little, his mentor, is always there for moral support helping Romero to see the light at the end of the tunnel. If we all do our part and build a bridge (connection with the young people) to on another, one day we will all prosper.
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This song is a collaborative piece between The movement city clubhouse and the Boys and girls club from Lawrence specifically for Re@ch media festival. Member from the MC music production workshop produced, engineered and mixed the song. Boys and girls club members came to movement city every Tuesday for 4 weeks in a row to collaborate and write/perform for the record as well. Participants include. Movement City -Jordan Escotto (Verse 1) [Mixing/Engineering/Producer] -Andry Surrun (HooK) -Keegan (Mixing/Producer) Boys and Girls Club Nathaniel Ramos (Verse 2) The song is about their musical ambition and their understanding that nothing is given and everything is earned.
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This is a song I wrote and recorded myself called "Time to Fight". I wrote this based off the crimes and hardships that happen to the people in my community which is North Minneapolis. At the time I wrote this, a lot of my friends were sad and grieving about recent deaths that happened to young people in our community due to violence. Throughout the song, i mention different alternatives to violence and crime. And when i say "Time 2 Fight" i mean it is time to fight for the right thing as opposed to the same old thing that continues to damage my community. Things like education, jobs, and careers. We should be helping to heal each other, not killing each other. I wrote the song at my house to a beat my bro showed me that i was very inspired by. I recorded it at the tech center by myself but got a little help from J.T. and some other students. I also wanted to use this song to showcase my rap skills. A lot of times i sing, but i wanted to prove i could really rap, and rap fast. Thanks for listening, I hope you like it.
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Joge's King Poetic is the most popular track from the larger project, Capability EP. The song uses Boombap style drums to catch the audience's attention by providing a familiar sound while lyrics take them into Joge's mind. The song covers topics such as cultural assimilation and oppression in the Americas that have been happening since the mid-1500s. However, Joge leaves some phrases intentionally unclear to allow his audience to think for themselves.
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