Here it is…the OPEN MINDS MIXTAPE! From Kline & I with big love. 8 brand new songs with lots of different vibes…Free download.
The Open Minds Mixtape is a representation of imperfection. Stripping back the need and desire for sounds to be placed in a certain place or time. We started out collaborating on one tune together, this eventually developed into us having fun and getting lost in making music. Shamik’s messages and word play inspired the flow and vibe of the mixtape. The title “Open Minds” comes from the idea of being open to anything and allowing yourself to escape the comforts you’re used to. I wanted the sounds and beats to come out raw and organic, letting go of the lust for everything to sound perfect. I feel that putting these tunes into a mixtape was an innate documentation of Open Minds as a project. Hope you enjoy. Bless.
Open Minds started out with Kline and I wanting to collaborate on one tune. The whole experience continued on after he sent me a few other beats. We had similar ideas to get out of our comfort zones and let each song unfold like a story. Kline really understands his surroundings and we started to click as ideas came out freely. After a lot of hang outs and thought sharing, we came up with these 8 songs. Avenues was the beginning of it all. At this point, the mixtape reminds me of the changing of the seasons. Some of the beats inspired verses right away, and others I listened to on repeat for months. I wrote about everything from waking up from a coma to letting go of fear to comparing people to volcanos…the key was to not hold back at all. It’s been almost a year since we started working together, and I’m so happy with what we came up with. I feel blessed that the songs ended up naturally flowing as a mixtape, and I hope you feel it. Love.
Author/ speaker Kevin Carroll delivered a playful speech at TEDxRVAlast week in Richmond, Virginia with a new beat I produced in the background:) Here’s a pic…and hopefully there will be something on youtube soon!
I kicked a beatbox and verse over this M.I.A. beat from her recent Matangi Mix for Kenzo! Enjoy and feel free to share. Please note, I don’t own the rights to this beat and mean no disrespect by doing this re-edit. It was more of a fun project and I have nothing but love and respect for M.I.A.