So, this past Saturday night I bought my old domain name back (my old .COM) and figured why not start blogging again? I’m not sure if I still want to blog solely about music or if I want to use this blog to just post random writings of mine. For now, though, I just wanted to acknowledge the two-year anniversary of TextBook Money, one of my favorite debut mixtapes from Sacramento hip-hop/spoken word artist Luke Tailor.
I swear, it feels like just yesterday I was standing at the front of the stage at Young Roddy‘s Red Eye show at Sol Collective when he took to the stage and instantly made me a fan. Out of all of the openers that performed that night, he was the only one whose performance stood out to me, the only opener whose name I remembered once the night was over.
Man, I was so intrigued by what I had heard that I found him on Twitter and Facebook the very next day and hit him up expressing how DOPE I thought he was. I just couldn’t seem to wrap my head around the fact that we resided in the very same county and I had never heard any of his work until that night.
Everyone that knows me is very well aware of just how picky I am when it comes to music; so, it was rare for me to head home from a show having officially declared myself a fan of someone new. In fact, ever since being introduced to his music three years ago, there’s sadly only been ONE artist (in Sacramento) that has made me a fan on the spot like he did. That’s another story for another day, though.
Anyway, I told myself three years ago that I would go above and beyond to spread the word about his art and that is still my mission. I’m a fan of many artists, but only once in a blue moon do you come across an artist whose music sincerely touches you just simply based off of the passion they exude.
I can tell when an artist makes music just because it’s something they find themselves to be good at and they can bring in a little extra stream of income from it and I can tell when an artist creates because it’s all they know how to do, because it’s the only way they know how to survive, because it’s their identity and their catharsis, because they couldn’t see life without it and because it’s as natural to them as breathing. He is the epitome of an artist who creates for every single one of those reasons.
It ain’t the same; you can tell when they not rapping from they heart… – Luke Tailor, Villains
TextBook Money tells the story of struggles that many college students can relate to. Not even just hardships that come along with being a college student, though. Hardships that naturally come along with being an adult, period. Real life issues that some people are too afraid to speak out about and even just barely scratch the surface on. Either you’ve gone through it or are GOING through it. Whatever the case may be, TextBook Money is worth the listen and deserves to be heard.