NEW MUSIC – Genesis

Today’s the day! The first single “Genesis” from 5 track album “Escapism”. Genesis depicts the story of how I created music in 8 days; an allusion to how God created the world in the book of genesis in the bible. Listen below in the embed and if you like it consider downloading it for $1. I created the lyrics, instrumental, art. I even mixed the song myself. This is more than music, it’s a creative project. If this is the type of music you want more of please support it. I’m a one man team, working an $8 per hour, part time job trying to juggle my passion for creativity.Every play is crucial and every penny counts. I thank those faithful who have supported me over the years. If you happen to not have 4 quarters laying around, at least share it with a friend and convince them to share with a friend. Good music also needs good fans. I hope you enjoy this aural story that I have penned for you. Thanks for being a part of my creative process. Without further delay Genesis….

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(Rap Genius Lyrics Found Here; Normal Lyrics Below)

[Verse 1]
Day One, I invent paper,
Then look around I found myself on a college ruled acre
Looking east, I go there and prepare
To get sustenance from vegetables shout out to nature.
Day Two, I invent pencils,
Then trace my brain, outlined on the page with a stencil.
Puffing lentil between dentals before Popeye;
Laser focused on nowhere with my blind hawk eyes.
Day Three, I invent Rhythm. I’m that guy.
The whole ecosystem bobbing head with him.
Visions of the future seems my creator hid them.
“Seconds. Where y’all going?” I’m starting to miss them,
Day Four, I invent poetry.
Before Yiruma, I found the flow in me.
Other animal ridicule; jokingly,
Then I destroy the close minded, openly

[Hook]
One Day I’m made from the clay of Cassius,
Then reborn from the burnt bridges ashes.
This is the revelation of my genesis.
This is the revelation of my genesis.

One Day I’m made from the clay of Cassius,
Then reborn from the burnt bridges ashes.
This is the revelation of my genesis.
This is the revelation of my genesis.

Day Five, I invent melody.
To give my words time to play with some company.
Add a little counterpoint and a couple timpani.
Then accidentally smoke a whole forest. Hickory.
Day Six, I invent Hip hop.
From there, I figured that I would never stop.
Now I don’t know who it was who invented pop or country.
It’s not me so hold the phone.
Day Seven, I invent the microphone.
Hmmm. I wonder.
That was me thinking I should invent the first song
And that song is what’s been playing all along.
Day Eight, I invent humans.
To give a way this soul food that they’re consuming
After putting my elaborate plan to movement,
I fade away to nirvana with my favorite Buddhist.

[Hook]
One Day I’m made from the clay of Cassius,
Then reborn from the burnt bridges ashes.
This is the revelation of my genesis.
This is the revelation of my genesis.

One Day I’m made from the clay of Cassius,
Then reborn from the burnt bridges ashes.
This is the revelation of my genesis.
This is the revelation of my genesis.

[Verse 3]
Invented paper to savor this emotion.
Wrote this genesis of rhetoric, unlike electric can’t resist.
This sets the precedence for the rest of this dissonance.
I’ll speak this stream of consciousness even without an audience.
Heart of a lion cloaked in a brown human pelt.
Mind your business. Enjoy your ride on conveyor belts.
What do you when everyone wants to escape?
While I’m on a mission to go find myself and relate.
Sleep is for the dead, I’ll live forever so I’m restless.
Me, myself and I the only one on this guest list.
Party of one. Celebrating our essence.
Not a graven image that we paint for the masses.
Can’t accept your bills your social currency is counterfeit.
Died ten times. I’m out of lives now that I think of it.
The conclusion, I’ve included is a great revelation
Every ending’s followed by the light of a genesis.

For your Patience…

Here’s a preview of the track art for the song “A More”. A song about a man’s close amor, wanting “a more”.

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Genesis Synopsis

“Genesis” is the 1st track and 1st single from my upcoming project “Escapism” (Click here for project synopsis) Genesis is a track that describes how I created music in 8 days similar to how the bible depicts the creation the universe. I will be posting the single here on Thursday March 24, 2016.So Stay tuned for that.

As, I said in the “Escapism” project synopsis, each track will have its own, unique art that goes with it. Below is the art for “Genesis”. Thanks for reading this short summery and I hope you support the release of the single on March 24th.

 

Genesis

Synopsis of Escapism

Brief Summery

“Escapism” is a  5 track mini-album created as an escape from the norms of popular hip hop. It is thought provoking and challenges the listener with creative storytelling, clever word play, and unique diction. All the lyrics, instrumentals, engineering and art work will be done by myself. I chose to do a short 5 track album because I intend to use it as a demo tape as well as a performance set when I seek out gigs. Each track will also have it’s own unique album art which I may combine into a single poster as the release date approaches. As of now the release date for the entire project is to be announced, but the first single “Genesis” will be releasing this Thursday, March 24th, 2016.

Track List

  1. Genesis
  2. Artisan
  3. A More
  4. Euphoria
  5. Escapism/I’d Rather

Stay tuned tomorrow for a synopsis of the first single “Genesis”

 

Thanks for Reading

As thanks for reading, below I have a sneak preview of the album art for “Genesis”. Hope you enjoyed this synopsis and support the release.

Genesis

Why I Don’t Use an Artist Name

When you think of musicians and artists you usually refer to them with a pseudonym. A fake name that they give themselves to be identified throughout their career. I have nothing against it’s use but, personally it’s not for me and here’s why.

  1. I’m Proud of My Name: James Revels III. I love it. It’s unique(ish) and like the the way it rolls off my tongue. James was passed down from my granddad to my uncle and now me, so it’s like a passed torch. I also love my last name because it’s a memorial  to my (very) distant uncle Hiram Revels, the first African American senator. With that much history behind my name I have a lot to be proud of.
  2. Pseudonyms as Alter Egos: I prefer to use my name because when I create my art I feel I’m at my realest. A lot of artists describe themselves having an alter ego or separate personality when they create, I feel the opposite. I feel like this creative side is the true me and when I work my day job I’m putting on a mask. Some artist put on a certain “image” while the only image I wish to portray is an accurate portrait of myself.
  3. Google Friendly: Because my full name is relatively unique it’s easier to corner my own niche of keywords to google.  Type” James Revels” and the second auto-suggest is “James Revels the Composer” the third is “James Revels WordPress”. Typing in “James Revels” in general, provides links that fill the entire ever crucial 1st page. This saved a lot of time that would have been wasted on thinking of an SEO friendly name.

So those are the reason’s that I use my real name instead of a made up one. Stay tuned for updates on my upcoming Hip-Hop Project “Escapism EP”. It’s a 5 track original EP that is an escape from the current norms of hip hop. I also released the album cover yesterday (also designed by yours truly) Check it out. If you like it hope you stay tuned as I get ready to release the first single “Genesis” in the next couple of weeks.

 

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Escapism EP Cover

I know I teased you guys yesterday and I’m sorry. So, as a token of my apology I offer the full cover to my upcoming Hip-Hop project “Escapism”! It was created by yours truly, Coming soon are summaries of the project and each track, soon followed by the first track titled “Genesis”.Stay tuned for more updates!

Escapism EP

Escapism EP Album Cover Teaser

For those who don’t know yet, I’m working on an EP titled ‘Escapism’ and I’ve just finished the album art, but because I’m a dick, I’m only going to show you a teaser of the cover in order to get those saliva gland wetter than Pavlov’s dogs. All jokes aside expect the full release of the album cover followed soon after with the first track of the album. (in the meantime check out my YouTube Channel)

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America: The Culture of Escapism

Over the last several months I have been working on a project titled “Escapism EP” and it is inspired by the realization that I used drug and entertainment as escapism. Upon further introspection I realized that this problem is a symptom of a much bigger and hidden disease that not only affects me, but the culture as a whole.

Before I delve deeper, let me say I am not against having fun. There’s a time and a place for fun, but I feel that for a lot of people that time is nearly all the time. That over time people use drug, entertainment, and sex as a life escape rather than a life enhancer, which it ideally should be.

Today, people worship the people or things that can take them away from the reality. Actors, Musicians, Sports Stars, YouTube, Video Games, T.V. make ridiculous amount of money because they help us forget the current situation. Take the edge off. This becomes unhealthy when all our mass media outlets are about the Kardashian’s or some sex scandal involving our favorite actors.

While chasing the American Dream at what point should we wake up and chase reality instead?

  Those are just my thoughts. What do you think?  Leave a comment below.

Moving to Texas

So, my lease is ending soon in early May and I’m seriously considering moving to Texas; Austin, Texas in particular. I’ve lived in Dayton,Ohio my whole life and I want to see what opportunities are out there for. I suggested this idea to my music friends and instead of them fighting me and trying to make me stay. They agree that Dayton is cool for steady jobs and getting on your feet but there isn’t many opportunities to grow as a young adult and mature in a business sense. They then suggested we team up and move together. My reaction was this face -> O.O. I’ll keep you updated on anything crucial that  happens but I’m excited to see if this works because it could help us all pursue our dreams of living a life of creativity and art. Teamwork makes Dream Work (Studios)

A New Suit & Dabbing for My City

I know I’ve been silent for a while but I’ve been taking the time to refresh myself. Boy am I refreshed and I have some stories I’d love to share.

First the New Suit. I decided a wardrobe make over was long overdue so I decided to get me a suit in order to have a more professional look. I prefer wearing button up shirts any way so it wasn’t much of a stretch. Here’s a selfie of me in it. (Follow my Instagram @jamesrevelsiii)

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Second, My friends and I were walking down in Oregon District, a small strip of local businesses. We walked out the store and a lady with a camera asked if we wanted to have picture taken for Dayton.com so we did and we decided to dab for our species! (Shown below)

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The Platinum Album Dead?

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Last fall, I found an article mentioning how the definition of platinum albums needs to change in order to keep up with the current market. Apparently, the RIAA, the people who certify albums as gold, platinum, etc. think so as well. Recently, the RIAA has implemented a new certification system that includes streaming views along side album sales.150 views counts as one download and ten downloads (1500 views) count as an album sale. Under this new standard Kendrick Lamar’s album “To Pimp a Butterfly” has become certified platinum even thought it’s only sold under 400,000 copies. Kendrick and his team seem to find the change distasteful, but I think that this is the only natural evolution of the music industry. Piracy is as rampant as ever and with less people buying albums and opting to stream on YouTube and Spotify. The one downfall I foresee is that more albums will go platinum due to spectacle rather than quality, since streaming doesn’t mean the person streaming enjoyed the content. (Although, you’d need 1.5 Trillion plays to go platinum with no album sales so that’s comforting)

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