by The Alchemist
Joey is a Baltimore native currently living in a San Diego beach community. After years of making the rounds on hip hop forums, entering every battle rap competition he could find, Joey took his style in a very different direction. In college, he began freestyling over djembe and acoustic guitar, instruments readily available at any college house party. What started as a trio, evolved into a 6-person band, with Joey as the lead singer. The hip-hop-rock band, Breaking Reign, was often described as a more hip-hop version of Rage Against the Machine, a comparison the band did not take lightly.
For years the Breaking Reign played shows across the mid-Atlantic, with notable performances with OutaSight, Wax, and N.E.R.D. In 2012, Breaking Reign dissolved. With hundreds of shows now under his belt, and years of immersion in a hybrid style behind him, Joey returned to solo hip hop, releasing his 12-track album The Illusive in 2012 and 8-track album Renaissance Baby in 2014.
Our favorite of all his tracks is called, “Yeah Alright (Deep Blue)” which dropped on July 16th, 2020. This track is filled with an immense amount of liveliness, and we believe that this could be a hit at college parties in the future. We love the combination of upbeat production, and energy filled vocals. You can check out the track below.
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Flow-bending artist aSanTIS discusses art, culture, and whether sound can solve the world’s problems in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month.
My interview with Amy Santis aka aSanTIS began in the most unexpected way. The Maryland-based flow-bending artist and lyrical storyteller came prepared to engage in conversation around questions I had posed – and she also brought one or two of her own thoughtful prompts based on her curiosities around my view of learning.
This practice of taking in her surroundings deeply through observation and inquiry has come naturally to aSanTIS ever since she was a young child. In terms of her early starts in music, she notes that she began as a discerning listener. “Just listening to music from my mom, on the radio, just being a consumer in the world of sound. But I think mainly, my mom has always loved dancing and listening to music, so that was sort of like second nature. We play music at gatherings, we play music in the car, and these songs are sort of like diaries that take us into a specific place.”
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