Freestyling with Lane Allen: An Interview

Photo courtesy of Lane Allen’s Instagram

One of the good things writing about young talents is that you can learn what motivates them. I think it is challenging to make it big in this world of constant distraction. It is pretty challenging to be an artist today because there’s a lot of competition out there. At the end of the day, it’s all about finding a way to express yourself and also make a living out of it. I give hip-hop artist Lane Allen a lot of credit for being gutsy with what he does and also how he approached his music on the business side of things. You will never know until you consciously stir your career in the direction where you want it to go. This is something that applies to all types of careers. You have to take the opportunity when it presents itself and also give 100% of yourself to your passion.
Freestyle, for the uninitiated, is a hip-hop style of improvisation with or without the presence of instrumental beats. This is where lyrics are recited with no particular subject or structure. More like the stream of consciousness for those who are into beat poetry. It is like other styles found in jazz, where a lead player does the improvising while the band backs the player with beats and other instruments.

“My old roommate D.lee motivated me to start freestyling because he was already good at it when I was 15,” Allen responded when asked how he got into music, especially freestyling. When asked about the first album he bought, he was quick to say “Blue Side Park by Mac Miller. “
By the way, Miller passed away in 2018. He was a huge and influential singer, songwriter, and record producer from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He launched his successful career at the age of fifteen.

His single New Whip(with $teve Cannon) is now out and it’s gathering a lot of views via YouTube. This song is also available via Spotify and other music services for your pleasure. ” It was a lot of fun and easy-going (the video shoots)and nothing was forced at all. (The director) we were having fun in LA.”
I was also curious about the artists who he currently credit s as his biggest influences. “Mac Miller and MF Doom.” Doom is a British rapper, songwriter, and record producer raised in Long Island, New York. His music is also associated with artists like LIL Wayne, Drake, and Eminem.
“I’ve got 5 releases coming with a label I’ve partner with, one being a new single featuring D.Lee, our first track since 2016.”
It looks like the future is hectic and exciting for Lane Allen. Be sure to check him out and share his songs. They can provide a great boost to your day the way a brewed hot coffee does. And I think he’s got his heart in the right place.

Fledge: Poetry Reading and Open Mic @ AAB Gallery & Cafe

Other photos by Revo Yanson and Rukmini Yanson

When you served art at one time in your life, art will make a way to find you. Call it subconscious longing, infinite intelligence, or fate. But you will always find yourself in the same situation and people in those rare instances. And it’s a kind of a wake-up call when these instances happen. You will find yourself looking at the mirror. You will be looking at yourself and you will ask yourself “ Did I sell out? Did I stay true to my true nature?” the answer is either yes or no. But it doesn’t matter. There will always be those rare instances where you will be caught off guard. These rare situations with a lump in your throat, unable to know what to do. And it is a great thing. I will tell you later why.

Tonight was one of those rare nights when the weather and also situation create this inspiration for creative events. One such event is Fledge which is a poetry reading session. For someone who had gone through this, it’s like a renaissance. And something important was happening. This event was about the love for words through poetry. Words are powerful as tools in shaping civilizations, social changes, and as a way of expressing what is human in us all. Words can be weaponized to deceive and destroy-in their darkest forms. But words are also used to heal, nurture, and inspire. And these are what words are supposed to be. It kind of makes you mindful of how you use words right?

Those involved in creating this event are visual artists, photographers, singer-songwriters, musicians, painters, etc. They add their originality to the mix. It’s interesting how everyone has evolved through the years to tackle issues like alienation, work, societal problems, change of career or hobbies, and even parenthood. Happiness can change you, but in hindsight, it’s always for the better. Trust me, being physically, mentally, and spiritually healthy is good for you!

In such a situation, there are moments when you find yourself speechless. Attending Fledge is like being young and fresh out of college again. You are overwhelmed. It could be the crowd. It could be a feeling like fitting into your old clothes. Somehow time has made you different. No, you don’t change. You add layers. And you’re looking a little bit tired and somehow defeated(Thank you, Kenneth, for the insight). But it is ok. It proves that we all want to find that familiar path that we can experience in visual art and poetry. It is good to feel that sense of uncertainty. Why? It’s because it makes you want to catch up. It makes you look forward to the next time. It makes you hungry. And hunger is a great thing. It is what art is all about. So yes, art will find you. And when it does, you better hang around it for the rest of your life.

Looking for Cycling Playlist for 2020? Check this out!

If you are looking for the best cycling playlist via Spotify, then you might want to stream Cycling Music Playlist. It has all the hot artists like Billie Ellish, Marshmallow, The Chainsmokers, and many more. My personal favorite is Bad Guy by Billie Ellish. Yet, that song might be buried within almost 5 hours pf If you are looking for the best cycling playlist via Spotify, then you might want to stream Cycling Music Playlist. It has all the hot artists like Billie Ellish, Marshmallow, The Chainsmokers and many more. My personal favorite is Bad Guy by Billie Ellish. Yet, that song might be buried within almost 5 hours of adrenaline enducing songs.

I got into this after having to choose between albums or songs while in the middle of a long ride. By the way I always strap my Bose soundlink micro because I don’t support cycling with headphones. Having a portable bluetooth speaker can give you the ability to hear incoming or outgoing vehicles. You can still hear the music while paying attention the road and your surroundings. Another reason why I like this playlist is the consistency of the mood all the way. The songs are all upbeat and suited for pedaling.

If you want to discover new music and also fuse it with your love for cycling, then this playlist is something you should follow.

New Whip : The State Of Rap with Lane Allen

I discovered Lane Allen via Instagram. It is a solid place to discover fascinating musicians. This includes artists who are new and are carving their niche in the world of Pop, Rap, Rock, or any genre you can imagine. So, after discovering Lane Allen via Instagram, I headed straight into his Spotify profile to listen to his tunes.

When I listen to hip hop, I pay heed to both the lyrics and the production quality. I see that Allen has put a great deal of finesse in his overall sound. I note the clean and slick bass and his emphasis on mid-tempo beats. The fashion he raps is original, with a sense of spontaneity and honesty. He is from Lexington Kentucky. The blend of local music culture coupled with his global music instinct is perfect. He has forged a distinct style that will gratify all rap music fans.

His popular single is New Whip with Steven Cannon. It is a frenzy salad of pure street attitude, slick verses, and pumping bass. These two artists are great together. It is a tune that will pump any crowd. Allen’s Instagram profile shows his day to day pursuits like recording, rapping, and even riding a helicopter. Lane is young, vibrant, talented, and he is heading for a life of a superstar.

He has released a few EPs and hopefully, we will get a taste of a full-length album.

Listen to Born Ready by Council Now Out!

council band

The big drums and symphonic sounds could only mean one thing. You are in the realm of Council. The New-York based band consists of three brothers. They have just released their newest single Born Ready a few days ago. This is a celebratory time to commemorate their previous triumph Rust to Gold, which got them more than four million plays via Spotify. That hit was also featured in the 2018 Winter Olympics. At this point, they have already crafted their own kind of sound or style. It is a big sound with sweeping soundscapes and great melodies.

Pat, Doug, and Andy are hoping to trade farming for music. I am sure they will get far because of their sound. They already played with All American Rejects and the Kooks. Born Ready was produced and mixed by Matt Squire who also worked with Panic at the Disco and Ariana Grande. As of the moment, they will be promoting the new single in events like the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup, and a busking tour sponsored by BOSE.

Born Ready Link:
Spotify Link

Also, check out their Rust to Gold Music Video below:

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