Bangarang is back with a new visual. We had the chance to pick their brain about upcoming music, audio tripping, & more.
Check out our interview with Hip hop songwriter and poet, Travis Lavoe. He discussed the impact of music on his life as a adolescence and some secret old inspirations.
His word play abilities probably shine best when compressed into 16 bar flow, weaving stories in and out of his life into yours, this is Travis Lavoe Unplugged.
Over the span of 19 days, creatives Ameen Spade, Mari So Dope, and Ari Chi, embarked on a new adventure based on old connections and pure talent. That embargo led to an ep titled Passion, Color, Money.
We want to hear what your favorite tracks are but first check out what Ameen, Mari & Ari had to say about Passion, Color, Money below.
Is it weird that all the songs you should be bumping this week come from the same EP?
Get to know YOURHOMIEPONDER with us.
He is a rapper and producer from Tampa, Florida. He has been honing his skills as both for nearly a decade, reinventing himself as an artist multiple times along the way. At this point it appears as though he has found himself exactly where he belongs.
SCB: How did you come up with the name?
YOURHOMIEPONDER: The name YOURHOMIEPONDER doesn’t really have any super deep meaning to it, my friends at the time I created it just called me Ponder because it’s my last name and I started using that, then it just became YOURHOMIEPONDER at some point because it sounded better to me and I didn’t want to have some generic “lil” or “young” name.
SCB: What inspires your music?
YHP: My music comes from a very dark place, and expresses the world I see around me and some of my own experiences and struggles through content containing extremely graphic depictions of violence, sex, drug use, mental illness, and suicide. I’m influenced by artist such as Nine Inch Nails, Father, Marilyn Manson, and of course my contemporaries in Florida lyrically. The music I make is a mix of horrorcore, trap, and industrial music.
SCB: Future plans for creative endeavors?
YHP: I plan on just continuing down this path of artistry I’ve started on always looking for growth. I just love art, I always wanted to just become art myself, like everything I do.
Breaking Down the EP.
Rip Young Ghoul
PONDER seems to take pleasure in being exactly what you hate, maybe that why the lyrics seems so playful on this track. Sensitive off-to-the side melodies, mixed with hip hop drums and conventional trap flows to offset the moving atmosphere are all the elements the making “Rip Young Ghoul” such an interesting track.
Check out “Rip Young Ghoul” below
Regardless of what level of the holy trinity you are currently ranked at, “Blaspheme” raises the listener to a god like level. Ironically enough, the rigid and aggressive tone of the track moves with a presences similar to Kayne West’s slow and skin crawling Yeezy album. The rapper claims “Blaspheme” speaks to his belief that everyone is their own individual god and yet the lowest form of life to everyone else.
Check out “Blaspheme” now
Stressing the notion that evil and good is ultimately subjective, is the slow and rewinding track entitled “Antichrist Messiah”.
The song, structurally, is a bit offsetting. PONDER’s verses sway from descriptively violent thoughts that swerve on the path less travel just to return to a buoyant chorus in the nick of time. “It’s all about this idea that ‘evil exist,’ what’s evil to you isn’t to me and what is to me isn’t to someone else,” said Ponder.
Check out Antichrist Messiah below
Cult of Maggots
Compared to the rest of the EP, “Cult of Maggots” stands out as the climax of decay, pain, violence, and the benevolent actions we take to rectify those feelings. Right down to the duality of the vocals, and upbeat drum pattern clapping against the waning synths, PONDER directs the listener towards embracing that diminishing guilt and feeling the emptiness that is replaced by pleasures. “Cult of Maggots” is hands down our favorite track with Blaspheme trailing closely behind.
Check out Cult of Maggots now
Recently, we got the chance to sit down with one of the most requested creatives in the Tampa bay area. Vern Sr. has worked with singers, rapper, and has even dipped his toes into some modeling waters. Many have praised him from his smooth and sultry sounds, while others are more privy to his stylistic wordplay.
Whether it’s just a feature or his productions, Vern’s sound is so heavily influenced by the essence of the west coast it’s easy to forget he lives closer to the Atlantic than the Pacific ocean.
As reclusive as Vern Sr. may seem we got him to open up about writing, producing, the west coast, dream collaborations and what he has got up his sleeves for 2018.
Check out our Head to Head with Vern Sr.
You can also check Vern’s MF Doom Top 5 Tracks.
Deep Fried Frenz
This is what we’re talking about when we say we need more of that Tampa love, 813 love, St. pete love, and all that.
Gat$ is a man of the people.
He likes to talk about the real issues.
Most importantly November is when he comes Alive.
So what are you missing? The other pieces to the puzzle.
Like we said, Gat$ like to talk about the real issues, real life situations. Maybe that’s what makes his music relatable to homegrown hustlers and hip-hop heads alike.
Over that past year he has gone through a series of life changes that would’ve proablaby held the average rapper down. But there’s a none verbal understanding that Gat$ isn’t you average 16 spitter.
In the past month he has
Released a new project which you can check out here.
Released some new merch.
Destroyed his Hiphopalooza 5 Set.
With even more to come we’re sure. Catch up with Gat$ now as we go Head to Head.