Damn, from VA to NYC, multi-talented hip hop musician and artist (see here), Will Porter quietly released a dope a$$ 8-track solid hip hop project in 2016 titled Mansa Muse. Literally every track made the head bop with stank face and all that. Straight fire. Beats dope (ohh especially Finger Painting), voice right, lyrics and flow right, with each track having an overal chill, soul grungy, hip hop vibe.
Before releasing this project however, this man has been working. Within the span of only a few months releasing a few projects back to back, also containing straight - for instance 'Back to Basics'. I think those 17.9k listeners agree as well.
Will Porter is a multidimensional visual and performance artist. His strong knowledge of color, form and movement allow him to create moments that transcend the physical piece itself. His acrylic and oil pastel works both exhibit an overstanding of line manipulation that suggests movement, allowing the observer to navigate throughout them and experience something new in each direction. Building such a solid foundation in art allowed for these same attributes to permeate into his music and poetry. He has an innate storytelling ability, directly reflective of his ability to paint such vivid imagery, driven by a cadence reminiscent of his brush strokes. Ranging from sporadic to disciplined, as to create a controlled chaos.
Will was born and raised in Flint, MI. Being a sponge in such a vibrant and dynamic city as Flint in the 1990's, it's no wonder that his passion for art sprouted at such a young age. Will, affectionately known as Junior by family, began drawing at the age of 4. He was under the study of his older brother, Jeremy Cooper. Jeremy being very skilled in pencil and graphite, would instruct Will to recreate many different video game and cartoon characters. including, but not limited to, Mortal Kombat, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Super Mario Bros. This addition of technical drawing to his infinitely creative mind birthed a black and white framework that he was eager to fill with color. He took every art class available in school from first grade to freshman year in college.
In 2001, Will and his family moved to Stafford, VA. The significant contrast in scenery and aesthetic was yet another catalyst of growth for Will's creativity. His medium of choice shifted from tempura paint, to the more robust oil pastels, and oil and acrylic paints. He was able to transform his formerly flat, and one dimensional paintings into pieces that showed great promise of form and depth. Will worked tirelessly on projects both in and outside the classroom so that he could sharpen his talents.
In 2009, with encouragement and a letter of recommendation from his high school art teacher, Stephanie Athanasaw, Will was accepted into the VCU School of Arts program. He was quickly humbled by the advanced and ambitious work of the students there.Being forced to adapt, Will met the challenge head on. Excelling at times, while failing with confidence at others. His time at VCU would be short lived due to financial woes, but even after returning home to work, what he'd learned on that campus, remained in him.
He continued the path of self improvement, pushing the limits of his gift with each new piece he created. Creating works that were more personal and without parameters allowed for Will to extend his total body of works to upward of 500. He has been quoted as stating "...art became so fluid for me, to the point where it's easier most times to communicate through paintings than through words." This surgence of work catapulted Will to becoming a standard in the culture of art and not just a student. Needing a larger platform to showcase his large catalog of work, Will made the transition from Virginia to New York in December of 2015.
Since being in the big city, Will has landed full time employment as a dog walker while juggling art, music and poetry into all the time in between. He has worked alongside musician/curator Steff Reed in shining a light on police brutality and systematic oppression, collaborated with actress/vocalist and cinematographer Angelica Jackson in the creation of her groundbreaking docuseries "The Grind BK", while also making his presence known in multiple venues throughout New York; either by opening up the space with his artwork, or commanding an audience with his music and poetry.
One of those spots being Brooklyn's own Backdrop. A venue that focuses on providing the space and a welcoming environment for creatives to come inspire and be inspired. Will is only just getting started, so to avoid missing his amazing journey of self exploration, be sure to use the links available on this site to familiarize yourself with his social media, soundcloud, art gallery and more. Since I've caught you up to speed with the artist, I'd like to introduce myself. Hi, I'm Will Porter :) welcome to my page. Explore it with open senses. - Will Porter
Not only does April Oneill have an amazing voice, that can pretty much go over any style of music which you can here on her Soundcloud, after winning the Hip Hop Music Producter Battle at the 2017 ASCAP #ICreateMusic EXPO, folks are now hip that her music production is also PURE FIRE. With a really good solid project already on iTunes, stay tuned for more work by April Oneill. Listen below.
instagram : @apriloneill__
Bio: Nick Deutsch (born December 8th, 1986) is a New York based piano playing indie pop Singer/Songwriter originally from Wilmette Illinois. Jazz arranging and Harmony brought Nick to New York University where he met and became friends with Tina Shafer, CEO of the New York Songwriter’s Circle (has worked with Avril Lavigne, Taylor Swift, Vanessa Carlton, Gavin Degraw, Norah Jones). Her support and guidance led Nick to booking shows at CBGB’s, The Bitter End, Rockwood Music Hall, Café Vivaldi, Ella Lounge and working with producer Joey Auch. He has shared the stage with established singer-songwriters Ian Axle, (Great Big World) Rob Mathes, Lizanne Knott, Andrew Fortier, Ari Zizzo and Jillette Johnson as well as recorded with American Idol’s finalist Marissa Pontecorvo.
Songs off his EP's Crazy Ride and Heart Saver have led to nominations for Best Pop Male Vocal (2013 IMEA Awards), The Great American Song (2013 POP Category) and featured interviews with Pop Vulture Magazine, Apple Inc., the Huffington Post and Buzzfeed. Nick was also the recipient of a 2011 Philadelphia Songwriter's Project Award, a 2011 New York Songwriter's Circle Award, a 2014 American Songwriter’s Award Nomination, a 2014 International Songwriter’s Contest award, 5 UK songwriting semi-finalist nominations, a 2014 ISC award, and an International Vocalist Runner Up Nomination. His lyrics (Crazy Ride) have also won nominations and been printed in the nationally published American Songwriter magazine in May of 2014. Additionally his music has been featured on Nickelodeon and more.
Straight outta L.A, Cody Jay a talented singer, songwriter, and music producer blends his rhythm and soul well with Urban Pop/R&B styled beats. Think the soulful sound from Robin Thicke meets the dance upbeat vibes of Justin Timberlake mixed in with modern smooth R&B vibes similar to Trey Songz. His sound ranges from neo-soul to dance to R&B and back, some with addicting and catchy hooks. Hear below, and follow him to stay tuned for more.
If you attended the #ASCAP 2017 #ICREATEMUSIC Expo, you may have ran into Bobby Nefzger & Nate Brown, who go by the name of Roscoe Rowe. From the music city of New Orleans, Lousiana, not only do they do EDM, but you can also hear some hip hop flavor and influence in their sound, added in with some dance, pop, and just some other electronic vibes that fuggen mesh well. Roscoe Rowe have coined their style/genre as 'Wonderhop'. #Wonderhop. Listen below
Artist: Roscoe Rowe
Origin: New Orleans, Lousiana
Members: Bobby Nefzger & Nate Brown
Genre: EDM / Dance / Wonderhop
Apart of his project, Q makes us appreciate who we can all agree is the greatest woman in this universe, our momma. Listen to "Momma"
Indianapolis native Quinn Barney has had a lifelong evolution into becoming the soul and R&B artist, Q. He’s been a student of music for years, until a re-evaluation made Q realize how making music is the core of who he truly is, his passion in life. In response...(read more from press release by AMW GROUP)
While Tupac Shakur, Da Brat and Left Eye became heavy influences as a child, Taylor Vanae remembers growing up with a book in her hand at all times. She was required to read a book everyday and report to her mother all about what she had read. Needless to say, Taylor Vanae mastered reading and rapping at the same time. By the age of 10, Taylor Vanae walked into a music studio, boldly stood in front of a microphone and spit a dope lyrical rhyme that shook her whole family. It was then, that her mother realized her baby girl's electrifiying gift. Taylor would evolve her artistry throughout the years performing at open mic's and showcases throughout the southeast from Georgia to Florida. Taylor Vanae released her first mixtape “Black Card Street Credit, Mixtape Volume I” in 2013 which she wrote and produced. Since then, having shared the same stage with local big name arists she had admired growing up like Big Tigger, Da Brat and Jonica ‘Blu’, Biz Markie, Ying Yang Twins and more, Taylor Vanae continues to aspire to her legacy as an artist one hit after another...Read More
Enrique Infante, a Peruvian singer and songwriter now based out of Houston, Texas, plays guitar, drums, percussion and bass guitar. He has co-written music for a Children's theater Play titled "The Tree of the lost Orchard" in 1995 and a year later, went on tour to Europe with Los Mojarras; a famous Peruvian fusion band that recorded the soundtrack for a movie, "Anda Corre Y Vuela" ("Go, Run, Fly") that won first prize for a German Film Festival in 1996. He went on to play with a folk-Andean-fusion band named Puka Kuntur ("Red Condor" in the native Incan language of Quechua) for a few years, until establishing Dejavu Latin Fusion Rhythms in 2004 and touring the world ever since.
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