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Carter Wilson – !!!!! @thacarterwilson

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Carter Wilson’s debut masterwork “!!!!!” demonstrates how the cliched celebration of juvenile ignorance is carefully woven into an urgent, yet subtle, reflection of one’s personal and generational journey towards disillusionment. Thirteen minutes in and the listener encounters a voice sample reminding us that “when you live in an illusion, you remain in a state of perpetual infantilism, childishness. . . you never grow up!” This is the conceptual backdrop of the entire album; in fact, one word that was thrown around during the creation process was neoteny, a term which is defined as “the retention of juvenile features in the adult animal”. The album is an exposition of this phenomenon in the context of human psychology, an auditory illustration of neoteny on loop.

Carter Wilson (born March 7th, 1994) is an American artist from Oakland, CA. He creates heady music, blending vivid lyrical imagery with intricate rhyme schemes and colorful melodies. His early musical influences include Lil Wayne, Kendrick Lamar, and Andre 3000.

Raised by two university trained sociologists, Carter operates with a sense of urgency. He understands the power of expression and the role that it plays in the liberation of consciousness. This understanding is the foundation of his creative intention.

His smoke-stained voice is delicately jagged, slapping across the walls of his small bedroom studio. He’s wearing a burgundy KOMPANY hoodie featuring a logo he designed himself. His low eyes are green and glossy. The energy is peaceful and deliberate, dipped in the reddish glow of the multi-colored lights strung up around the window.

Having spent considerable time in a variety of stifling contexts, Carter learned from an early age that the only safe space was his own mind. At age 15 he began actively manifesting his development as an artist under the moniker CAPTAINCY which helped him identify with his creative autonomy. In 2017 he decided to create under his given name, an act he describes as “living as the artist that I am”.

His desk is covered in cannabis containers, various colored bus transfers, a cup of pens, empty Yerba Mate bottles, a Pax vaporizer, a box of pastels, a hand-carved wooden mushroom, and a thick book titled The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind by Julian Jaynes.

He doesn’t seem to mind the mess as he stares at the ceiling like he’s watching clouds. An instrumental loops loud in the background. His left foot’s been softly tapping on beat this whole time.

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Meet Rising Toronto Musician Natalie Reign

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Natalie Reign is a musician from Toronto, Canada, who is passionate about her profession and wants to use it to make a difference in people’s lives. Natalie Monchis is her real name, but she uses the stage name “Natalie Reign” to remind herself and others of the necessity of starting with the right mindset in order to succeed in life.

“I had been struggling for quite some time to find an artist name that represented me, my music, and the message I wanted to portray to my audience,” explains Natalie about how she landed with her pen name. “By fluke, the word Reign, which symbolizes royalty, power, and strength, came to me. The name is a reminder for myself and my listeners to believe in ourselves and to push through life to help us build confidence and resilience.”

Natalie is most known for her last hit, “Royal,” now she’s back with “Lose Your Mind,” her new single. The latter was created in collaboration with TVGUCCI, a renowned musical artist and OVO affiliate, and has begun to acquire traction on different music platforms. It’s an energetic tune that demonstrates Reign’s versatility as an artist by demonstrating her ability to create a variety of sounds.

Natalie Reign has always loved music and dancing since she was a child. Her Russian background simply added to her ability to sing and twirl wherever she went. The artist’s family recollections include a lot of singing because Russian-style celebrations always included live music and dancing. She also grew up listening to ABBA, Boney M, and other musical giants from the 1980s. “Overall, I feel my upbringing has impacted my view on life, my open-mindedness, pushed me to experiment with new sounds, and given me a tremendous respect for arts in general,” Natalie adds.

Natalie Reign did not begin her musical career until 2017. She began as an artist brand under her own name, but subsequently added the term “Reign,” which has proven to be a significant addition. Her music is mostly influenced by afro, rap, hip hop, and R&B. Despite having a fear of public speaking as a child, Natalie has learnt to embrace the spotlight and shine, as seen by her current single, “Lose Your Mind,” featuring TVGUCCI.

Natalie Reign tells how the collaboration occurred unexpectedly but has turned into an amazing gem of a track when discussing about her current hit. TVGUCCI happened to be the next in line to record while working on “Lose Your Mind” with her sound engineer at Abstract Studios. The music celebrity took the next spot, but surprised everyone by asking to perform Natalie’s song and even adding a full verse of his own. Natalie Reign remembers, “I was in utter astonishment and was shocked that he had loved the song so much that he wanted to jump on it.” “As a last thought, anticipate the unexpected.”

Natalie hopes to create more music that appeals to individuals from all walks of life. She presently works in the criminal justice system during the day and writes music on the side. On Instagram and Spotify, you can follow Natalie Reign and her music to keep up with her journey.

Stream “Lose Your Mind” ft. TVGUCCI below.

 

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(Album) Casket D. – “HEALER” @CASKET_MGB

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For his 3rd solo studio effort Casket D gifts us with “HEALER”. A poignant concept album filled with honesty, inspiration and tutelage. Casket delivers his expertise of life over soulful instrumentals flooded with heavy drums. The production flows beautifully throughout. The features are precise. His lyrics are sharp and crisp, confidence apparent, deliberately vulnerable yet wise beyond years and determined. At just under an hour (54 minutes) of listening time “HEALER” makes a strong case for not only the best to come from Casket D thus far, but arguably the absolute best in Hip-Hop this year.

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