Cypher Avenue has written a great Article about an Up & Coming HipHop Artist/Producer Called EarthTone, and the first thing that jumped out to me was the Title; G.O.A.T! really….?I mean i have only just got to hear of EarthTone’s music and i can ensure you he has every potential to be the G.O.A.T of “GayHipHop” (in my opinion), however he has only just stepped onto the Scene (Openly Out) and i just think this is a lil premature to make such a Bold statement? however i totally understand where Ocky Williams is coming from…Well lets just start off with some of the article and at the end you can click onto a direct link to read the FULL Article and be sure to come back and let us know your views..
The Palette of EarthTone
We got a tweet from Inpaq over at The LGBT Update with a link to EarthTone’s To Whom It May Concern teaser (see below; directed by Victoria Ng). It was past my bedtime as I was going through my Twitter notifications but I still managed to form a smirk on my face as I clicked the link expecting fuckery…and then the sample from Chance The Rapper/Jack One’s Acid Raindrops…hmm okay. Next the visuals peak my interests and at .25 seconds, the flow and voice tone begins. Wow, I’m digging it. Then at .45 seconds, EarthTone raps “Homo’s the sexuality, masculine is the presence, there I said it”. Okay, so a gay rapper is unapologetically representing and professing his masculinity on a track? As a consumer of music, a connection was established but I must say I was pissed this was only 2 minutes long.
To Whom It May Concern is not attempting to be typical mainstream rap music, which is being mimicked to the point of over saturation by the up-and-comers and wannabe’s. I feel like EarthTone is channeling Pete Rock and CL Smooth, Black Star, Jeru The Damaja, Digable Planets, Common, The Roots and Pharaoh Monch among other artists from 20 years ago. Technically not new, it’s still refreshing to hear this type of style from a gay artist.
From East Orange NJ, EarthTone has been in the underground rap scene for years. From videos on his Youtube channel it appears EarthTone may have been a part of a group called Jersey Journal back in 2011. Now riding solo, the rapper/producer is gearing up to drop his EP GMale in July 2014. In the buildup he has released tracks titled The Sound, Fuck Is You? and the aforementioned To Whom It May Concern.
The Sound doesn’t jump out and grab you like the other two tracks but that doesn’t make the song or video (directed by Gregory Addison) any less dope. I feel like this video could have easily been on BET’s Rap City back in the day between Black Moon’s How Many MCs and Gang Starr’s Mass Appeal. As you can hear and see in the video below, EarthTone pays homage to many rappers and presumably some of his influences.
With an introduction featuring an interview with Ebro Darden of Hot 97, Fuck Is You? is FIRE!
Recently Posted Earthtone Music
Read EarthTone’s Press Release Below:
EARTHTONE DA PRODUCERRELEASES SEVEN TRACK EP ENTITLED
“GMALE: THE EP” ON EARTHTONE PRODUCTIONS ON JULY 8, 2014
TRACKLISTING: 1. To Whom It May Concern 2. Turning 30 3. The Sound 4. Fuckin Awesome Guy 5. Blue Collar Beefcake feat. WILL 6. The Best feat. Keef 7. Bible Pages Feat S. Black
Tuesday July 29th 2014 – Faces In the Crowd Artist Show Case, SOB’s, 204 Varick St. New York, NY
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