by The Alchemist
South Carolina born rapper/songwriter Topnotch has been making a name for himself globally with his powerhouse vocals, thought provoking lyricism, and captivating performances. His message of Unity, and his authentic ability to translate this message with music is captivating audiences worldwide.
Topnotch is currently based in Suffolk, Virginia, where he’s become the premier artist on the independent label ThompsonsMusicGroup. No stranger to music, he has collaborated with numerous artist, from Virginia to Tennessee, while still honing his skills and lyrical delivery. After the death of his mother, Topnotch took a break from music all together, but was encouraged by his mentor and other label mates, to get back in the studio, and put his feelings to the music.
His debut single is called, “Who We Are” and it has some very unique production and singings. In Topnotches’ words, “Who We Are, depicts life as we know it today. Full of harsh realities, and truth.” When listening to his lyricism really captivates the listener and makes them want to really listen to the words he’s saying in detail. It has an amazing hard-hitting bassline, and even has a Michael Jackson quote in it! Check it out 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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