TARO – LET THE DOLLAR CIRCULATE (MY OWN SONG)
Since a snot-nosed little rascal, I always loved music. It has been a part of my soul for as long as I can remember and a best friend that never lets me down. It only made sense that I would end up pursuing a career in music, but I never knew I’d actually end up crafting and performing my own works. Here I am now. I write everyday for as many hours as possible. I am constantly capturing images of urban life and reflecting upon my personal struggles to find inspiration to write. Words are something I hold very dear to my heart. Each day I think in specific words and rhyme schemes as I constantly create concepts and melodies for different songs. I fell in love with Hip-Hop during elementary school and immediately formed a special relationship with the genre. I immersed myself in Hip-Hop culture and slowly began schooling myself on the art of Rap as the years passed. I saved up scraps to buy censored versions of all different albums since my mom did not agree with the message some of the music was sending. Regardless, I sat and studied each and every album I bought as if I had to prepare a graduate level thesis on each piece of music. I let all the lyrics sink into the corners of my mind and allowed my experiences with Hip-Hop help me gradually understand what the genre truly stands for. Although I love almost all music, Hip-Hop is undoubtedly my first true love. Everywhere I go I make sure to always be with my headphones. Even as a child walking through the Parthenon in Greece I could not help but keep listening and studying this art-form despite the wonders that laid before my eyes.
Being that poetry and Hip-Hop were such burning passions of mine, I realized that I wanted to start writing my own songs. In high school, my friends and I used to stand in “cyphers” (circles of individuals exchanging rhymes) and “freestyle” (rhyme words on the spot) for fun. After enduring some personal struggles over the last few years I finally was honest with myself and concluded that Hip-Hop was my passion. Over the last year I have stacked up thousands of lyrics as if I was assembling a verbal artillery preparing for battle. I have watched myself get better with every new verse and my hunger for this dream feels as if it cannot be matched. As of less than a month ago, the career of TARO officially began.
I wrote my first song “Let The Dollar Circulate” in one sitting and recorded it later that night in one single take. The song holds a special meaning to me as it is a Billy Paul sample. Billy Paul is most famous for his song “Me and Mrs. Jones,” which is a song that my mother and I have always shared together. I found the instrumental for “Let The Dollar Circulate” on YouTube while searching through J. Dilla and 9th Wonder beats. These two producers are not only my two favorites of all time but also two of the most influential the game has ever seen. Selecting the instrumental was a walk in the park for me as this specific beat was a collaborative effort between the Dilla and 9th Wonder. What beat would suit me better than one created by my two favorites? The soulful sample immediately captured my attention and I lost myself in a zone. The 5 minute track has no chorus purposefully as I decided to be relentless over the beat and continuously flow. Conceptually, there is no main basis for the song. It is a stream of consciousness displayed in Hip-Hop form through poetic devices and wordplay. I released a visual (which I was unhappy with) to this song, but in less than a month we have garnered almost 4,000 views and they are counting. Some of the most famous Hip-Hop blogs have contacted us and it looks like there is a long road ahead for me and my team. Posted below is the link to my music visual and also a link to a blogpost that Djbooth.net decided to write after my song was released. I hope you enjoy! This is just a small taste of what’s to come. I have so much more for the people.
Here is the link to my visual: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LZ6S0FmwGi8
Here is the link to the blog post: http://www.djbooth.net/index/tracks/review/taro-let-the-dollar-circulate