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.

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.

The Unspoken Connection of Music in Aero’s Going Away Party.



Aero is going back to the US. It is time. After writing, publishing and performing original music, he is going to take a hiatus from the local culture. But he mentioned that music will always be a big part of his life. The change of venue is also probably beneficial to his music since he will continue  networking with other creative minds.

Like any cultural observer, I would not let the opportunity pass me by. It’s like being in the cusp of something remarkable or transforming. When Newry asked me to come over  to the initial venue they booked I said yes. I hopped on my new Louis Garneau commuter to park and be with the cool guys. The atmosphere was electric. I mean that because when I got there, they told me there’s a change of venue. That means riding through traffic on a humid evening. Oh no! My traffic anxiety was strong. Aero was wearing all white, calling to mind the minimalism of a Japanese samurai master. He also bleached his hair while.

It was also a bike party consisting of Bacolod Fixed Gear and Pedal Community. Gaspar was there to ease my traffic anxiety. We zipped through motorists who were trying to beat the rush hour. All was fine until we passed by a road depression. RJ, our champion fixed racer pedaled trough the great downhill and uphill with the ease of a racer. My heart sank  when I realized the rest were a kilometer away from us. Roland pointed this to me and we could not stop laughing through the climb. We could not stop laughing at ourselves and it was great not to take ourselves seriously.


We arrived at Munchies drenched in sweat. Cold beers await us. The atmosphere was festive. Everyone was bumping fists, laughing and locking arms. Aero was already there with his DJ equipment. His rap partner was playing slow jams but we knew there would be live performance. Already tipsy from the drinks, I was just walking and rocking my body to the sound. Then it was time for the live performance.

There is something about a musical performance that is not staged for the big crowd. After all, the spirit of Hip Hop is in the streets, the ordinary people like you and me; the passion for what’s raw and real above the ego. And Aero delivered these sentiments right there! It was not just about him performing crowd favorites like Love  or Cold Beers. It is also about drinking from the moment. He was performing with us-not to us. There is that unspoken communion of music, feelings and also needs across human complexities.

We knew we needed that moment. In our times of great darkness, we knew we will need a crutch to carry us through peaks and valleys of the human condition. And we can look back to that night for inspiration. That’s why as an introvert, I can miss the good events and the company of amazing people. But the scarcity of the meeting makes it all precious to me.


Hip Hop artist Aero talks about his new song Love and the rise of Indieka Bacolod.



Rapper Aero

Aero took the stage in top form during the Indieka Bacolod gig. He delivered his tunes with candor that can only come from someone who is passionate about his craft and knows that his audience love it. He rapped about the street culture and the beauty of Sugarlandia. Surely, everyone who ever tried living outside of this place knows that sense of nostalgia and also experienced a kind of reverence from strangers when they know where you came from.

I was with my two friends Hannah and Jess. The guys of Bacolod Fixed gear were there as well. It was a great night of music and Aero worked the crowd up with his familiar songs. One of them was Cold Beers which is my favorite. I was tipsy but still aware of every band that performed that night. And they’re all good! Indieka started something that’s really exciting because it’s been a while since I last witnessed a musical event like that.

So I did a Q & A with the man whose real name is Albert Temporosa Peñafuerte. So much respect for the guy who can make those who don’t like hip hop music love the genre. He is not telling you. He is showing you why his music is so good.

You always feature Bacolod street culture both in songs and music videos. What started all this love?

Hip-Hop culture started in the streets. I was fascinated with the four elements — MCing, DJing, B-Boying and Graffiti Writing as early as I remember watching Breakin’. Biking, like what you guys do, is also done on the streets.

You used to be a DJ right? Is it still part of your hobbies or work on the side?

I worked at a local radio station while I was in college, and I even had my own urban music show every Saturday. Currently, I’m learning how to DJ like the ones you see at parties and festivals so I may be able to use the skills in the future. It can be another way to earn through my passion.

A new music video is in the works. It involved our local cyclists (Bacolod Fixed Gear, Munchies Riders, BMX riders etc). What took you to that direction?

LOVE is the name of the brand new music video. Christer Isulat, the director, envisioned a scene with my son and I riding bikes in the sunset. After I posted an inquiry about a bike on Facebook, I was directed to all of you wonderful people, and yeah, big thanks to Newry.

Can you tell us more about your latest album?

As a solo artist, I’m just working on singles right now. I’m in a duo, Drinking Man’s Hip-Hop, with my producer CHRiZO and we recently released The Year Of The Drunken Monkey on Spotify. Aquarius Sessions II and Son Of Eve Sessions III are on the way, also.

You are involved with Indieka Bacolod. What are the things that we can expect from this music project?

I’m proud to say I was part of the very first meeting when we created this brainchild. We have 7 core groups: The Gutfeel, Rust Pocket, Frac/tions, Katumbal, Cali Island, Scroll Down and I, but we’re open to artists who play original compositions. As a music collective, we plan to play plenty of shows in the city and tour other cities with a do-it-yourself mindset to show and prove we have what it takes to be heard by a bigger audience.

Message to your friends and listeners?

Say hello at a show!


Stay tuned for the next Indieka Bacolod gig.

Aero-Weekend Adventures in Rap Music and Cycling.


I started this blog probably around 2009 or 10, not sure exactly when but I never imagined I would find Bikes and Music in the same title.  But when you go with the flow(or against it) strange things can happen. Yesterday, I found myself riding my fixed gear bike with other cyclists. We were serving as extras in a music video by Pinoy rapper Aero ( real name Albert Temporosa Peñafuerte).

He already released original songs and a number of music videos via YouTube. My favorite is Cold Beers because I love the vibe and it literally describes what it’s like to live in Bacolod city. We southerners do know how to chill. We may have personal problems but when it comes to entertaining friends and having a good time, man I tell you; we are sooo good at them! His common theme celebrates the local street culture and songs are worth checking out if you happen to live from outside of the country and you want to visit Bacolod. It is a good way to know the colorful culture of our city.

So how did the video shoot happen? The story goes like this. I met Newry a few weeks ago during a ride he organized. He meant to unite all types of riders in our city. Newry is a chill kind of guy. He wears his dreads proudly and listens to music-a lot. He always brings his style whenever he rides his bike and he is good in doing these creative things involving music and cycling.

I met Ivan the same time through our Facebook Fixed Gear community. He’s the site admin and he is also very passionate when it comes to track cycling. Ivan and Newry are mutual friends so that’s how we fixed riders ended up in the shoot. It was a cloudy day with bouts of rain but the shoot happened. Cyclists from different parts of the city joined. The word travels fast- especially when an event involves a hip hop artist and bikes. Check out the photos below.