DNL

What the title says. I’m gonna revamp this site in the next month or two when I have the time. For now, I’m gonna post up a few pieces of music that I released recently. Until the revamp, keep your eyes on my Soundcloud & Twitter accounts for music and news, respectively.

As a minor piece of news, I’m finally getting the KJBoard III Mixtape out the door. Hopefully we can get it out before the end of the year. There will be a couple songs on it by me and a bunch of songs by other great artists as well.

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(Instrumental can be found on the “Beats” page.)

It’s been forever-and-a-half since I last posted on here… Wow. So, here’s some updates.

On my life:

It has been rough the past year and a half. I watched my dad slowly succumb to a cancerous brain tumor and finally pass away in October. Roughly six months prior to that, my grandmother died, and six months before that, so did my cousin. All of my friends were unavailable during the majority of this time and I was taking a year off from school, so my life sorta stagnated. I didn’t do much of anything for the whole year aside from sitting inside my house and trying to cope with what was going on. With seemingly no one to go to, I relied on God. I grew spiritually, more in this time of struggle than any time before in my life.

Because there weren’t many people to talk to about what I was going through, I turned to writing lyrics as an outlet for my thoughts and emotions and wrote some of the best stuff I’ve ever come up with. Needless to say, I wrote a lot of stuff because, sadly, there was a lot to write about. Actually, not sadly. I can honestly say that I’m glad I went through what I did. It is what caused me to grow in the Lord and in a way it inspired my lyrics—rather, God’s faithfulness throughout my struggles inspired my lyrics.

On my music:

Like I stated previously, I have written many lyrics over the past year or so—enough for at least two albums. In addition to writing lyrics, I’ve been working on my production skills, as well as remixing and making mashups. So, I’ve been busy.

I have yet to record most of my songs due to not knowing how to do certain things in recording, lacking a place to record, and not having good delivery or mic presence when recording due to lack of practice, and consequently coming up with a record that is not up to my standards. To work towards recording better I’ve been practicing my songs on a semi-regular basis and also have found a place to record.

However, that isn’t to say I haven’t been doing anything. Here is what I am working on currently:

KJBoard III Mixtape - Collaborative mixtape 5 years in the making I’m overseeing development of (yes, it’s been in the works since before I even liked rap). I’m contributing a verse to a cypher on the mixtape, 2 original songs, a beat for another artist on the mixtape, and some remixes and/or mashups.

Stand, Pt. 2 - Single - Single, again featuring Protégé, that may also be on Growth - The EP and (in the single release) will come with the acca and instrumental for remixing.

Whether The Storm" - A really personal track from Growth - The EP which might be a “leak” as opposed to an “official single.” Will probably be featured on a few compilation albums.

"Darkest Hour (ft. TaB)" - My main collab for the KJBoard III Mixtape. Features TaBornakle.

"Too Close Remix" - I’m being I was going to be featured on this guy Illtalian’s mixtape, Notti Insonni, on a track remixing a song by Alex Clare called “Too Close.” Unfortunately, putting the song on the mixtape didn’t work out, but the track will be released eventually.

As far as production goes, I’m trying to expand my genres from just old-school-style sampled hip-hop beats (yes, I know I have a few other styles and influences, but the primary style of the beats I’ve released are that). I’ve recently developed an interest in electronic music, particularly dubstep, and have been working to achieve that sound, though I’m limited by the software I have.

I have a few mashups that are due for release as well. Most of the ones that I’ve done in the past year, however, can be found on my Soundcloud. I also have a concept for a tentative mashup album where I literally take all the accas from one album and put them over the instrumentals of the other.

I’ve tried my hand at remixing a few songs as well but I’m gonna be silent on which tracks they are until I release them. Sorry.

As you might have gathered by now, Growth - The EP will not be coming out for a while. I may even scrap it and use the songs on a bigger Growth mixtape. Likewise, its sequel mixtape has the same status.

On GrowiN Records:

What’s GrowiN Records, you ask? It’s my “record label.” I use quotations because it’s mostly just a brand for me and this group of artists I’m a part of. It’s really informal—there’s no contracts/record deals and no distribution setup. If Protégé, for example, was trying to get signed by some bigger label, he could do it with no issues. It currently consists of me (DNL), Protégé, and Common Prophets (metal-hop band which Protégé fronts). We are planning on doing some local concerts this summer.

On keeping up with me:

I’m going to try to post here more often from now on, but in the event I do not, my music can be found on my SoundCloud and I often post on Twitter @DNLHipHop. GrowiN Records can also now be found on Twitter at @GrowiNRecords.

A mashup of “Truth Wars” by Odd Thomas over “Tear It Down” by KB.

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Check out the first single off of the KJBoard III Mixtape:  “Misfits” by Rue & Illtalian.

Be sure to get the full mixtape when it drops! I’m going to be featured on a few tracks, plus there’s several other talented artists on there as well.

A mashup of “Feel It (ft. DJ Revolution)” by Braille over “Handle Business” by Courtland “Xperiment” Urbano.

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So I figured out how to compose stuff and export it from Sunvox, the standalone synthesizer I posted a pic of a couple weeks ago. Got something good-sounding.

Now this is interesting…

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