Posts Tagged ‘Lyricist’

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Kendrick ‘K-Dot’ Lamar!

With 11 nominations, it was inevitable. But it’s no secret; Kendrick’s journey to this prestigious moment has been long, steady, and consistent. For those of us that have been fortunate enough to follow his exciting career, collectively we have bore witness to the maturation of a man; a man that overtly proclaims his love for the culture of Hip Hop while remaining aligned with its core principle of bringing awareness to social inequality and disparity. And never has he missed a step while engaging in the discipline of Emceeing.

So, to our revered and celebrated, Kendrick Lamar, The Chronicles of a Hip Hop Legend (#TCOHHL) congratulates you on your amazing accomplishment. Not only is it well deserved, it serves as a worthy testament of Hip Hop’s power and its ability to transcend cultural and socio-economic differences.

Kendrick ‘K-Dot’ Lamar, standing resolute in the shadow of the legendary, N.W.A., you are an appropriate victor.¬† Compton, California…Stand the f$@k up!! This is your moment.

– D.D. Turner, Purveyor of Hip Hop Culture
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In Hip Hop context, how would you define the title, Lyricist? Here’s my submission:
Lyricist [liruh-sist] : One whom is endowed with the ability to express popular thought and perception through the skillful execution of rhyme sequences, patterns, and constructs all while adhering to the sacred tenants of Hip Hop culture.

This definition explains [Coney Island] Brooklyn, New York City’s, Torae Carr exquisitely. As a polished Emcee, Torae has committed himself to an undeniable consistency over the years by delivering lyrical craftwork that is replete with formidable punchlines and observations that go straight to the heart, mind, and soul of his fans. And to reinforce the complimentary perceptions of those of us that comprise his loyal fan base, our celebrated TorGuide has blessed us with, Entitled; a full length project that satisfies the expectations of even the most unforgiving Hip Hop music critic. From “Get Down” to “C.I.’s Finest” to the “Shoutro,” Torae takes us on an explorative journey of his own maturation, offering disclosure along the way through his lyrical prowess about his life experiences, love, and loss.

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But to think of Torae as only a lyricist is as absurd as regarding Imhotep as only the High Priest of Heliopolis. Torae’s career also boasts his role as a regular SiriusXM radio show host where his self-titled TorGuide show provides quality Hip Hop programming to the masses. And most recently, he has proven his versatility and discipline yet again by submitting himself to the realm of acting, appearing in the pilot episode of the VH1 feature, The Breaks.

Torea’s interest in disciplines outside of Emceeing is implicit and speaks to the idea of long term career sustainability perhaps being the desire of most Lyricists and Rappers but is only achieved when there is a willingness to explore brand expansion opportunities that go beyond the scope of music; consider the careers of Ice Cube, Will Smith, LL Cool J, Queen Latifah, Ludacris, Ice T, Common, T.I., and Mos Def. And now, Torae.

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Torae has borrowed a page from the golden playbook of our Hip Hop transcending elder statesmen/women by pursuing and mastering fields outside of the culture. And like these legends, his journey of self-exploration and maturation through music has prepared him for the realization of his life’s path. And as he has showed us through his hard work, sacrifice, and determination over the years, he’s not just deserving of all of the good things that are to come for he and his family, he’s Entitled.

-D.D. Turner, Founder – #TCOHHL (The Chronicles of a Hip Hop Legend)

Click the below links to hear our recent interview with Torae:

The “Torae” Chapter (U.S. Version)

The “Torae” Chapter (International Version)