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.

 

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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.

  

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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!

www.aeroWithADot.com

www.facebook.com/aeroWithADot

www.youtube.com/aeroWithADot

www.soundcloud.com/aeroWithADot

www.twitter.com/aeroWithADot

www.instagram.com/aeroWithADot

 

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.

 

 

 

 

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Liquid Vibes: Interview with Rory K

Yes, he’s one of the most exciting thing to come out of Hip Hop

Rory K works in front of the computer most of the day. But there is this side of him that is a natural entertainer. It’s in his genes. His father is no other than Larry Kirwan, the lead artist of the legendary Irish rock group Black 47. This is his first official interview. I am stoked to be part of his blooming career. But hey, I can say he made an awesome debut. His single “Miami” is available for download via iTunes. He’s one of the most exciting thing to come out of Hip Hop. Rants on Reckless Youth is also available via Soundcloud. He has a show today and that’s in NYC! Check out our conversation below:

Screen capture from Rory K's latest music video.

Screen capture from Rory K’s latest music video.

1.  How are you ?

A: Very well, thank you for reaching out. This is my first official interview so help make me say some crazy shit that I’ll probably regret.

2. Are your songs autobiographical or are they inspired by people you meet every day?

A: My thoughts are my thoughts. It’s something I take pride in because it took me a while to feel fully comfortable in my own skin musically. I always thought there was a certain mold I had to fit.

I realized that it’s way cooler to be yourself and makes for much more entertaining and interesting music as well. If you live it own it, or get lost in the shuffle.

I really do live out my verses, like in “Liquor Store Girl” I really was making trips to visit the cashier daily, she was gorgeous and got me into IPAs and I never looked back.

In “Miami” I am really in Miami meeting girls and killing the whole baggie…and I can definitely name a handful of boyfriends out there that can’t stand me (laughs).

3. Who are your major musical influences?

My main musical influence is just being outside living my life to be honest. I love leaving my phone at home, channeling out everything, and just taking a walk with my headphones and a beat.

Scenery is big to me in developing a theme or associating a feeling with a song. Miami for example I wrote in my head during a 2 hour walk down a beach – people like being able to picture themselves in the scenario you create musically so I rarely sit down and write…

As far as musicians, obviously Drake. I think it’s awesome how he made it cool to showcase your insecurities. It definitely helped me explore themes on my album (“Rants On Reckless Youth” https://soundcloud.com/roryk212/sets/rory-rants-on-reckless-youth-rk ) like feeling alone in a new city, heartbreak, even a period of my life when I fell really ill and was stuck in the hospital for an entire summer  yada yada yada.

Other than that I love battle rap and I was raised on Southern Hip Hop.

4. Do you get reactions regarding the explicit and oftentimes sexual nature of your songs?

I’ve only gotten good reactions. My lyrics are what people are saying either in their head or in a private setting. I just created a platform for myself to say it publically and I put myself out there.

It’s important to not take yourself too seriously and if other people do, that’s their issue to deal with.

Anyone who knows me knows I’m a comical dude and shock value is important. I play all my songs to women first, because they’ll let me know if I’m going too far. My mom is a big fan of my lyrics…for the most part (laughs)

5. Can you tell us about your new single which is out in iTunes?

Hell yeah.  “Miami” is one of my favorite tracks. The beat is fire, I linked up with a producer down in Houston, Kade Fresco, after we reposted a few of each other’s tracks on Soundcloud. He sent me the beat and I knew I had to have it.

Miami is dope because it’s completely narrative. I love story-telling and you basically get the walk through of a weekend I had down there with a girl this Winter. I blinked my eyes and I was back in the office with a wicked hangover, dude hitting my cell like he’s going to kill me, and a dope ass concept for a song.

6. Is there a Music Video? 

Yes! I shot it back in August in Brooklyn – and it’s great because at my next show during CMJ Festival – Friday October 16th 8:00 at the Drom (85 Avenue A) down in LES – I’m going to premiere it on a big projector screen before the performance. I don’t wanna give away too much because I want you to come to the show. Dress nicely because it’s classy and I’m about to fuck shit up haha.

7. How do you balance your day job and music?

It’s easy. I rarely sit down and write anymore just out of time constraints. Music is my life so there’s never a moment in my life I’m not working on it, whether that be recording, writing, or just going through the everyday grind.

I work in Sales , which requires a lot of quick thinking on the phone. You have to display a good amount of personality and trustworthiness in my job and I think overall it’s helped me get my lyrics across in a more efficient believable way too.

8. Where can listeners download or buy your songs apart from iTunes?

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/roryk212

You can download my whole album there for free

9. So what’s coming next for Rory K?

The “Miami” music video premiere party Friday October 16th! Also looking to put out a new EP sometime before the end of year….

 Thanks for your time Rory!

It was my pleasure, I appreciate you having me.