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Notty Taylor: A Conversation About A Musical Journey

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After weeks of busy schedules between myself and Mr. Taylor, we finally got the chance to sit down and have a talk. Born Brandon Taylor, but known to his fans as Notty Taylor; this Knoxville, TN, native is just like any other young rapper trying to make it into the music industry. He was inspired by everyday life like relationships, conversations, adversity, even the fish platter from Stop N’ Go and musical inspirations like Drake, Andre 3000 which happen to be two of my favorite rappers and Kanye West. I got the chance to pick his brain and see what type of music is in his iPod, and who would he love to work with in the near future.

KhloeFromBrooklyn: So who is Notty Taylor?

Notty: A crazy talented kid from Knoxville, TN, that’s on a journey to find his way in life, while he documents the journey through his music.

KhloeFromBrooklyn: How was life growing up in Knoxville?

Notty: It was like navigating a minefield. Everyone doesn’t make it out, just like any other city. Life moved slow, country slang drenched our dialect, winter lasts for two months maybe… It’s nothing like the south.

KhloeFromBrooklyn: There’s nothing like the south. I’m a BROOKLYN girl, living in a Texas world. Lol

KhloeFromBrooklyn: How long have you been making music?

Notty: Seriously, since 2014. I put my first songs out on Myspace… way back, I wanna say 2005.

KhloeFromBrooklyn: Lol! I remember Myspace. Those were the good ole’ days.

Notty: For real, like being in somebody top 8 was everything.

KhloeFromBrooklyn: Where do you draw inspiration? What inspires you musically?

Notty: I draw inspiration from life. Whether that’s text messages, conversations, relationships, adversity. Anything can make me jot down bars in my notes on my phone. The fish platter from Stop N’ Go, my friends.

KhloeFromBrooklyn: Lol! The Fish platter from Stop  N’ Go, that’s funny.

KhloeFromBrooklyn: Who would you like to collaborate with in the near future?

Notty: Timbaland.

KhloeFromBrooklyn: Great artist, why Timbaland?

Notty: To pick his brain, share ideas and create. His sound and catalog speaks for itself.

KhloeFromBrooklyn: Deep. What artists are in your playlists? Who are some of your favorite artists?

Notty: Drake, Erykah, Ye and Andre 3000. My playlists change daily but the last song I played before this interview was All In By: Cudi.

KhloeFromBrooklyn: Great line up.

KhloeFromBrooklyn: Lets talk about your latest EP: Cutlass, what are your favorite tracks?

Notty: All of them are actually my favorite.

KhloeFromBrooklyn:IATI favorites from that EP are: St8$$$ and Martha. What are your current state of the music industry? Why do you think it’s difficult to break into the music business these days?

Notty: It depends on how you look at it, everybody’s journey is different.

KhloeFromBrooklyn: Indeed true. How’s your journey going this far?

Notty: I’m living it… we’re living it. Performed at SXSW for the first time this year. It’s about progression really and good music, giving back to my city one day, that’s all I want to achieve.

KhloeFromBrooklyn: What are your plans for the rest of 2016? What can fans expect from you in the near future?

Notty: Shows, music, good vibes and art.

KhloeFromBrooklyn: What will be different between your next EP? Are you working with different producers this time or the same ones from the previous EP?

Notty: I’d say the mood and the soundscape of the new stuff is the biggest difference. My engineer/producer t.ANT Executive Producer CUTLASS, and we’re a team so he’ll handle that role again this time around. We’ve got other producers we’re working with but I like to – the collabs reveal themselves. We keep most of it in house though so t.ANT and I will do most of the heavy lifting. t.ANT produced 13 of 15 songs on CUTLASS… of the 20 – whatever songs on my Soundcloud he’s done 17-18.

From the home of HipHop: The City That Never Sleeps Khloé Sierra, also known as KhloéFromBrooklyn has always had a passion for music and writing. Bi-racial; Puerto Rican and black and profiles herself as a logophile. Khloé remembers her siblings and herself waking up to their grandmother singing songs by the Four Tops, Temptations, Gladys Knight & The Pips, The O'Jays, Isley Brothers, Earth Wind & Fire, and singers like, Otis Redding, Betty Wright, Al Green, and Marvin Gaye. As she grew older Khloé developed a love for artist such as: Whitney Houston, Toni Braxton, Sadé, Lauryn Hill, Anita Baker, and Tevin Campbell. Khloé's grandmother would make her and her siblings read a chapter from the encyclopedia and then write an essay. By her grandmother doing that, Khloé developed the love for writing. At the age of 14 Khloé decided she wanted to to become a Music Journalist. What better way to enjoy two things you love the most... Writing and Music. She majored in English for two years, and minored in theater. Although she has no professional experience she doesn't let that discourage her. She's very passionate, driven, and ready to deliver. From The City That Never Sleeps, to The Lone Star State she's now received an opportunity to began her journey.

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Compton Native Young Lawless Teams Up With Yn Jay for “Coochie Hoochie”

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Young Lawless is definitely keeping audiences on their toes this year. With the release of his newest track “Coochie Hoochie” ft. Yn Jay, Lawless (aka FatBoyLaw) is not letting up any time soon and keeps it coming hit-after-hit. The upbeat anthem is an impressive effort from the independent, Compton-based artist, and shows how he is capable of switching things up when needed.
The new track “Coochie Hoochie” follows the release of his previously released album titled This Is Not A Real Album. Through that project and others that he has under his belt, it’s clear to see how FatBoyLaw is making a name for himself and setting himself apart from the rest. His witty storytelling technique is unmatched and absolutely distinguishes him from all other West Coast artists.
When asked about when he decided to ultimately pursue a career in music, Lawless said that “Knowing that I have real talent made me ultimately decide to do music. It would be a waste of a gift if I didn’t do music. It’s something that makes me feel good and I believe I have a story to tell. Hopefully I can reach people that’s in a dark place and help bring them out of it into some light.”
As far as what’s next for the rapper, he says that he’s working on a new EP that fans can be on the lookout for called Psychoactive. Some notable features will appear on this project, including Sukihana, Steven G, Compton Menace, and Kevin McCall.
“My goal is to go platinum while being an independent artist,” Young Lawless says of his goals. “I’m not signed to a major label. I don’t have any management or an agency so that’s a big goal for me. Music and the fashion culture coincide together so I would also like to partner up with a few fashion brands as a creative director in the future. I got a few ideas and I’m all about innovation.”
Lawless is the example of an artist who creates his own lane in the music industry.
Listen to Young Lawless’ latest track “Coochie Hoochie” ft. Yn Jay below.

Keep up with Young Lawless on social media!
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Bangathemenace Drops Very First EP ‘Big Bang Theory’

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Bangathemenace is someone you need to add to your playlist immediately! With the release of his debut EP, he’s on FIRE and is showing audiences what he’s truly capable of. He has an extremely unique voice that’s deep and personable — something that is rare and unheard in most music today. The Houston-based artist is just getting started, but he knows that he’s ready to take over the music game.
Prior to releasing his debut album ‘Big Bang Theory,’ Bangathemenace released two singles. “Etuk’s Interlude” and “Can’t Be A Menace” were two tracks that spoke for themselves in terms of introducing his sound as an artist. Both very versatile and distinctive, the two singles set the tone for what audiences could expect from him in the future.
We had the chance to interview with Bangathemenace to learn more about how he got his start in music.

What city are you from/ Where are you based now?
I am born and raised in Houston, Texas but also branched off and lived in Denver, Colorado for three years.
 
What is your artist name? What is your real name? How did you get your artist name?
I go by Bangathemenace, due to my government name being Abanga Etuk. And I am of course a menace to society.
 
At what point in your life did you decide to pursue a career in music?
I began with poetry in middle school, and attempted to orchestrate a rap by 7th grade, and continued from there.
 
Has your upbringing played a role in shaping who you are and defining your sound today? If so, how?
Most definitely. I grew up in Acres home as a middle child of six. I’ve always had a balanced vibe entirely. I received knowledge and kicked it with my older siblings, and passed that same love and knowledge down to my younger ones.
 
How would you describe your sound to readers who may not be familiar with you?
A serious energy form created with a parent from New York and another from Texas in the ’80s. Very old school with an accessorized new school sound.

Who are some of your main musical influences?

Nicki Minaj, Foxy Brown, Queen Latifah, Mc Lyte, Nas, Tupac, Lil Wayne, Kendrick Lamar, Drake, UGK, Houston’s entire music scene old & new school. Andre 3K, Busta Rhymes.

You can follow him on social media @bangathemenace and stream his latest EP Big Bang Theory below.
https://open.spotify.com/album/0K0FqS2hht81LeHbvssBsS?si=nhZlTSqjQt6Y1rbVcDWkuw

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