Latitia Murdock

Many can express themselves through oration while others are a little better at expressing themselves through their writings. 20-year-old Latitia Murdock out of Kansas City, Kansas is capable of both! The young Poet has been growing her skills exponentially; writing poetry for six years and developing her performance of said poetry for three years. What does she write about? Well for starters, Latitia likes to explore Love; finding love, losing love, and everything in between. More than that, she loves to discuss the struggle of Black people and bring awareness to a reality many others wouldn’t understand. Her writings started merely as a hobby, but as she’s been able to grow closer to her writings and make them an extension of herself Murdock has thought about publishing her work and immortalizing it. Her wisdom shines through her words, whether on paper or spoken she creates unique and soulful pieces with the intention of uplifting others. Her goal is to stay true to herself by speak and expressing her reality and feelings. Murdock knows that someone will relate, so for her to sugarcoat her writings would be unfair to them; they need to know they aren’t alone. Being apart of Brave New Voices was a great boost for her, and she performed as one of KCK’s first members to ever attend. With her own voice, she hopes to become a beacon of positivity in the community. She wants to engage the community in regards to speaking on societal issues, mental health, and love/heartbreak. An old soul, Latitiia Murdocks’ wisdom radiates from her writings, spoken word, and overall composure. Expect to see more of her. Always move #CloserToYourDreams

Email: Latitialcm@gmail.com

Ky Moor

Many creatives see their talents as an extension of themselves and 18-year-old Ky Moor out of Wyandotte in Kansas City, Kansas is no different! The independent recording artist sees his craft as another sense, one that helps him radiate good vibes through listeners’ ears. Recently, Ky has taken up Acting and Modeling and even stars as a big component in a local TV show. Ky Moor says he took a liking to music once he realized that it was something he couldn’t live without. Music is much more powerful than most realize, it can influence different emotions within a person and Moor loves that. He states his connection to music may be deeper than most, and that the reason he continues to create due to being gifted the ability to and he won’t waste that gift. As with others, Moor has struggled in the past with finding his sound. By this, he means that even though we are individuals we have all been influenced in some way by those who came before us. It’s hard to find differences when it comes to piecing together components of a song, but his versatility helps him in that aspect. From his craft, he’s learned patience and has grown because of said patience. Beforehand, Ky would attempt to rush things but would only be humbled by the outcomes. His repetition and constant “How can I make this better?” attitude have helped him grow that patience and in turn, his craft as well. Some things are out of our control, but what we can always control is how we react because of the shortcomings. Swae Lee, Tory Lanez(Pre-2020), Zapp & Rodger, PND, Breezy, and Ayel are some of the biggest influences Ky has when it comes to music. He characterizes Kansas City’s music scene as Trap oriented, something Ky states is a good thing because he brings to the scene a whole ‘nother vibe! He feels as though there is a lot of hidden talent within the city that will be revealed once we broaden our range. Ky Moor has been able to stay consistent through the support of his family, especially his mother as well as his R.O.D. Kennedy who has never once missed one of his shows. He also recognizes his Nana, as he would have no fashion sense if it wasn’t for her. From his craft, Ky hopes to gain meaning and to use his platform to provide emotional healing for lost souls, hype music for happy hearts, wake up calls for slackers, and everything in between. The goal is to let others know that even when they feel as though they may have nothing and no one in their corner; they have Ky Moor and the positivity he conveys through his music. He stresses the importance of remaining a student to the game, never taking shortcuts, and never giving up. Even when faced with constant “no’s,” you’ll have to be the one who says “yes!” Do things the right way for you, it may look differently for another. “Thru the pain love prevails, always.” Young but wise, Ky Moor has a promising future ahead of him. Always move #CloserToYourDreams.

Email: kymomusic913@gmail.com

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Rian Neely

Some wordsmiths prefer the gracefulness of poetry while others may prefer to feel a beat and produce raps from it. Wordsmiths like Rian Neely, however, likes to indulge in both. The 20-year-old out of Kansas City, Kansas has been writing since the age of 13, making it seven years since beginning to grow his respective crafts. What had started as just a “test run” to see if he had any potential or liked to write ended up being much more than that. Neely began simply listening to beats with his friends and writing along to them. Soon after, he would go on to join his school’s Poetry team which allowed him to be more open with his writings. Rian would preform his poetry at different events and in front of large crowds of his peers. To perfect his skills, he’s started to write every day for hours on end. The networking of peers from Canada to Trinidad has helped him maintain his relevancy with music as well as the attendance of multiple open mics and poetry shows. He’s stayed hungry, investing in himself by building a home studio set up and pursuing his associates in Audio Engineering which he’ll be obtaining this Fall. Rian sees knowledge as power and wants to know as much about his craft as he possibly can. Like everyone else, however, Rian has seen struggle. Often time he finds it hard to believe in himself but he constantly shakes those feelings by realizing that no one else can do what he does as he can. Another struggle, as seen with other KC artists, is that a lot of people in the city don’t support one another. The music scene in KC is seen more so as a popularity contest rather than a who has the greater skill. Neely says that regardless of this, the city continues to produce quality artists with different styles and creative approaches. Neely believes that KC has one of the most diverse music scenes in the nation, mentioning artists such as JoJo Ali, Trae Curry, Sammy, Mac Infinity, AyEl, XVX Paris, Kye Colors, Dirty Dom, and himself of course. Of all the artists mentioned, NONE of them sound the same and bring their flavor to Kansas City’s musical buffet. Within the next couple of years, Rian Neely sees himself only growing as an artist and taking up other skills such as Producing and Engineering. He draws influences from various artists like Biggie Smalls, Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q, Joey Badass, Eminem, Lil Wayne, Juice Wrld, Denzel Curry, J.I.D, J.Cole, Young Thug, Lil Uzi Vert, Big Pun, Wu-Tang Clan, A Tribe called Quest, 6LACK, A$AP Rocky, A$AP Ferg, Brent Faiyaz, Miguel, Mac Miller, Machine Gun Kelly, Action Bronson, Bas, Big Sean, Travis Scott, Chance The Rapper, Smino, Saba, Noname, Childish Gambino, Future, XXXTentacion, Ski Mask the Slump God, Joyner Lucas, Jay Z, Jay Rock, Jhene Aiko, SZA, Summer Walker, The Weeknd and that’s “just scratching the surface” he says. Neely draws support from his parents and brothers, crediting them for keeping him going! He plans on giving back to the community who has given him so much; saying that he’ll open a Recording Studio fashioned after the Boys & Girls Club with emphasis on writing and music. Rather than the usual school to prison pipeline, he wants to create a pipeline to success. “I find myself to be quite confident as a person but you’re going to have that piece of doubt in the back of your head because we’re human. We all have it. It’s just I like to address it and not keep it bottled in because I don’t know what it could turn into.” – Kendrick Lamar. Rian Neely, the Chief will be a pillar of the community in the coming years. Always move #CloserToYourDreams.

Email: chiefrock35@gmail.com

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Brian Davis

Many creatives can do different things but use their time to cultivate one particular skill separately from the others. Brian Davis likes to take the “Jack-Of-All-Trades” approach; working on his prominence in Writing, Producing, Entrepreneurship, and more all at once. The 21-year-old powerhouse out of Wyandotte County in Kanas City, Kansas has been writing since he was 14, meaning he’s been working on his talents for seven years now! It was around this same time he banded together with his cousins to organize a business plan. A couple of years later and they put their plans into action to create TeamDreamOn. Davis, like all creatives, has faced challenges but of course, he has never backed down from them. No matter what the challenge is, he states that nothing is enough to make him stop or quit altogether. Sometimes, Davis will go days dealing with writer’s block where other than trying to force his way through writing he’ll instead spend his time working on and completing multiple beats a day. Vice versa occurs as well, and Brian will write until his pen loses ink. Aside from music, Brian Davis says that the world has the biggest influence on his writings and productions. With so much going on in the world, there’s a lot of things to become passionate about and opportunities knocking everywhere you turn. He classifies his music as the “smoothest, raw vocalized, harmonious and melodic hip-hop rap that you’ve heard from KC,” especially on the Kansas side of the city. Davis’s music often describes the life he’s living in the moment or what he’s experienced in the past. There’s no faking or perpetrating in his music; he only wants to discuss real and raw life experiences. Brian has a deeply rooted love for KC and the capability of other artists in the city to consolidate and create/share work; something that can be a rarity. According to Brian, other artists rarely support because support around KC is more of a popularity contest, and those without it are disregarded no matter how talented they may be. Brian seeks to change this in many ways, one of them being to drop high-quality music and content constantly; there’s always something marinating in the kitchen and soon everyone will want a bite! “They feel my aura and they know I’m the one/I smile bright like the Kansas morning Sun.” Always move #CloserToYourDreams

Email: brian.davis4@icloud.com

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Jay Alchemist

Mastery of anything comes with consistent practice and constant hard work. 23-year-old Matthew Jean-Pierre, or “Jay Alchemist” out of Kansas City, Missouri has without a doubt put the time in over the last six years honing his skills as a Hip Hop artist and Songwriter. Starting his freshman year of high school, Jean-Pierre has developed his sound by trial and error; discovering what sounds relay his musical messages the best. Over the last six, almost seven years now Matthew has battled himself when it comes to finding inspiration and how to approach the world of music. Jean-Pierre recalls that one of his biggest pitfalls was being scammed out of thousands of dollars by makeshift music/talent organizations. However, even a loss of this magnitude wasn’t enough to keep this young virtuoso from moving closer to his dreams. With odds stacked against him, he credits his support system for keeping him going. This support system consists of his girlfriend first and foremost. An avid believer in God, his spirituality extends to Buddha and Durga as well. Jean-Pierre applies certain spiritual ideologies to his everyday life and music creation process. He’s an artist able to produce quality songs from different subgenres of Hip Hop whether it be conscious, trap-style, or even pop. Early influences for him include Nas, Kanye, Lil Wayne, Earl Sweatshirt, and Tyler the creator. In more recent years, he’s found his interest sway towards artists such as Frank Ocean, Drake, Cole, Kendrick, X, and Young Thug. With such a diverse crowd of musical role models, it’s easy to see the versatility that Jean-Pierre brings to the table of musical production. Beyond music, Jean-Pierre can draw influence from philosophers, existentialism, movies, both new and old generations of anime, human behavior, and just everyday life. Everyday life is an important observation for Matthew because he believes it’s important to witness the highest and lowest points of life; there are lessons on both sides of the spectrum. He wants his music to reach millions, saying that he hopes to find himself within his music while also helping the masses find themselves through it; every song is a vibe spread through many different emotions. The advice he’d share with others pursuing their dreams is to be themselves throughout the whole process. There will be a lot of experiences and influences you face that will seek to lead you astray from yourself and the path you’ve set; you cannot conform however, you must stay strong and true to self regardless of what anyone else thinks or feels. He feels that the endgame is everlasting euphoria in Nirvana and that making it to the end is all that truly matters. “I want to help you live in the moment, feel everything that life has to offer, and be as happy as possible, even when I’m low. Because life is beautiful, when in flames or when radiated.” If you haven’t heard the name before, expect to hear it in the future! Always move #CloserToYourDreams

Email: jeanpierre.matthew@gmail.com

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Bryce J. Taylor

You can call him weird, it’d only be a compliment to 22 year old Bryce J. Taylor out of Kansas City, Kansas. From the jump this young man has always found tranquility in photography, fashion, and of course, music. Bryce is an individual who stays true to himself, best characterized as a rebel who refuses to blend in with everyone else around him. Bryce Taylor says he sets himself apart through his peculiar fashion sense and his “stay in my own lane” attitude. Bryce has been making music for awhile now, telling us he began during his Sophomore year in high school six or seven years ago. He draws inspiration from eccentric musical artists such as Lil Uzi Vert, Tyler the Creator, Kanye, and many more. Their influence can be easily heard on ALL of the young artists unique tracks. Whilst Taylor puts 110% percent into all of his songs, he takes an exceptionally large amount of pride in songs “Climb,” “Lonely boy,” and “We gon’ shyne.” These are songs Taylor states he put all his heart, energy, and creativity into writing. “Climb,” in short, is a song that exclaims Taylor will continuously reach for the top until it’s within his grasps. “Lonely boy” is a song that explores depression and the feelings that can come as a result of depression. It is a song many can relate to, reinforcing the idea that it’s okay not to be okay. “We gon’ shyne” is a freestyle that discusses Bryce’s life and how flashy or “shiny” he can be.  Surprisingly, Bryce J. Taylor is able to incorporate some of the same energy and emotions present in his songs within his photography. He started photography just a couple years after rapping during his Senior year. Bryce intends on being able to live peacefully though his production of music and photography. Through his own success he hopes to inspire those like him that they can be successful as well; our individuality makes us unique and we should utilize that. He creates for himself and anyone else who feels unappreciated or like they don’t get their due amount of props.  “‘Most young kings get their heads cut off.’ – Jean Michael Basquiat.” We’re hoping to hear more from Bryce J. Taylor. Always move #CloserToYourDreams

Email: brctaylor30@gmail.com

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Nate Thomas 

Regardless of what you call him; Nate ThaGreat, Nate, or 808N8, 23-year-old Nate Thomas out of Kansas City, Kansas makes music in every aspect of the word. Being both a Producer and CoWriter, Thomas can fashion songs comprised of mesmerizing melodies, booming bass, and of course, lovable lyrics. In recent years, rather than creating music he’s focused on learning and honing his talent. Along with him studying music, Nate’s been learning how to become a phenomenal father to two bright young minds; molding them for the better. Nate Thomas hopes to work with upcoming recording artist and is already working towards that goal by assisting various Kansas City rappers/singers with their projects. Amongst this list are renowned KC artists such as Campaign Maka, Ceej, Jojo Ali, $an Kofa, etc. The difference in these artists further validates Thomas’s versatility when it comes to being able to produce; skilled in trap style beats, yet, able to switch it up completely and go conscious. Last spring, Nate released his first single “I Feel Fine” revealing to us that he can do more than just produce and co-write, but that he can perform as well. “I Feel Fine” is a song that explores relationships, mistakes, and becoming a better person due to learning from those mistakes. Nate discusses losing a relationship that meant a lot to him and how even though it may hurt, he’ll focus on the betterment of himself because it’s “your life to live,” and live is exactly what you should do. Although Hip-Hop is the main genre he creates for, Thomas ultimately intends on producing for other genres in addition to Hip-Hop. Let us reiterate once again; Nate Thomas is more than just a producer! Also a great networker, Thomas will work with you and create a bond whether you’re a Rapper, Singer, Producer, or an Engineer; it simply doesn’t matter. His sole purpose is to be the creative bridge between lyrics and sound. “I never want to be labeled as just a producer, I want to be a person that can make something from nothing with others so that others can enjoy.” Nate Thomas has been finding his sound and he’ll soon take the spotlight with “Going Rogue,” a project he currently has in the works that’ll give us a more in-depth look at who he truly is. When you hear the “Nate is able to call his own shots,” at the beginning of an instrumental, know it won’t be the last time you hear it. Always move #CloserToYourDreams

Email: 808n8kc@gmail.com.

Facebook: Nate Thomas Jr. 

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Twitter: Rouge Nate

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Jay Spencer

Being able to write lyrics that are meaningful to not only yourself but to others as well is a gift. Combine that gift with the ability to express your lyrics through song and you can evoke emotions with every verse. What’s even more intriguing is being able to take those same emotions created through song and bring them to life on a pad. Jay Spencer is a 21-year-old Singer, Writer, Poet, and Artist from Kansas City, Kansas. She’s very passionate about her gifts, growing and honing them for the past ten years, and continuing to do so. Through her combo of singing and writing, she wants to relay the message that it’s okay to experience different things; whatever it is you’re going through. Jay says most of her music is intended for young adults, ages 18 to 25, as she’s motivated by what she sees her peers and herself go through. Spencer describes herself as helpful, someone who always seeks to comfort those she notices are down. She wants for her music to be helpful too; a way for Spencer to let those around her know that she sees them and hopes to help provide comfort for them. Some of her influences are Michael Jackson, Melanie Martinez, Jhene Aiko, Drake, and Nicki Minaj. Her music is smooth and caring, a mix of RnB and Neo-Soul. Songs like “Clouds” and “Sunshine” give off summer-nights-on-the-rooftop vibes with their synth chord progressions and full vocals. When she isn’t creating music, Jay is putting pencil to pad drawing her masterpieces. When it comes to drawing, she finds inspiration from her favorite anime, movies, and celebrities such as Chris Brown who she considers her biggest Artistic influence. Her process takes around two hours or so; an hour to sketch and then an hour to color. A quote she leaves us with is “It doesn’t matter who leaves your side 5/10/15 years from now, art never will. Always believe in your art.” Moving forward, Jay wishes to continue pushing music and visuals out, helping to heal people through her creations. Be on the lookout for her, and always move #CloserToYourDreams

Email: juggs.blase@gmail.com

Facebook: Jay Spencer

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Luxx Dwave

A lot of individuals don’t know exactly what they’re supposed to do in life and that’s understandable, life’s confusing to say the least. Others, on the other hand, know their calling. 21 year old Marlowe Underwood was born in Kansas City, Missouri and raised in Kansas City. Kansas. This rising star has been writing since the age of 10, even recording his first track in the sixth grade. While he’s been writing since the age of 10, he’s been preforming since 4.  Moving to Las Vegas has always been a dream of his, a dream he’s been living since last year. This transition has had a positive impact on Underwoods’ goals; the city radiates a certain energy that Marlowe feels he loves and that loves him back. On top of that, the Nevadan city is a great place for the aspiring creative with the many resources and exposure it provides. Marlowe believes this move to Las Vegas makes it easier for him to write what he’s seeing, and he does so vividly. “A lot of people get caught up in the lights of Sin City. I wanna take a step back and paint the picture for my fans honestly,” he tells us. Things have not always been positive though, Marlowe has experienced his share of adversity. Between instances of betrayal, losing friends to the system, and the many other challenges of life, it’s safe to say Underwood’s perseverance and determination has kept him afloat. While affected by these shortcomings, Marlowe sees them as nothing more than mere speed bumps on his road to success; never to be mistaken for an actual obstacle. Unlike others, who may yearn for riches and fame, Marlowe creates with the intent of bettering himself and those around him. He has goals; goals such as buying his mother a new house and putting his younger siblings through college. The diamond chains, watches, etc. are admittedly dazzling, but they’re no more than trophies in Marlowe eyes. He lets the fans better relate to him with his project “JUNE10TH,” entitled after his own birthdate. He says this tape is for his fans to understand him, his next being for fans to understand what he fights for. As far as projects are concerned, he’ll be dropping two more in 2020 with his next tape having zero features whatsoever. An impressive talent, we’ll continue to watch as Luxx Dwave climbs as a Recording Artist and Writer.  Always move #CloserToYourDreams

Email: Luxxdwave@gmail.com

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NeeCee Ogéne

Many in the city know her as the Wigologist, but pretty soon they’ll know her for much more! NeeCee is an 18 year old Hairstylist and Poet from Kansas City, Kansas. Recently, she’s created her own Cosmetic brand selling lip gloss and body shimmers. On the her site, attached below, she’s released a Summer collection consisting of seven new glosses and three new body shimmers; an excellent gift for any cosmetics lover! There’s a certain passion and skill that is apparent in her work, pairing that with an unfaltering resolve results in the creation of units anyone would be proud to wear. The way she’s able to weave together her creations can very much be described as poetry in motion; NeeCee’s proficient when it comes to maneuvering her needle with the utmost precision. She characterizes herself as a wild and unpredictable girl, truly a free spirit. Within her poetry, she aspires to invoke a sense of deeper thinking in the minds of her listeners by allowing them to comprehend her words and apply them to everyday life. Not all her topics represent something she’s experiencing or experienced, yet, NeeCee believes her ideals will reach someone who has been in such situations. She understands that individuality is a key component in us being unique, however, she also understands that as a whole we’ll benefit not only our generation, but generations to come. Ogéne hopes her work can one day help shift her community to a rebirth. Despite the negative perceptions her community may receive, we’d like to think they’re outweighed by positives. NeeCee Ogéne believes her city’s renaissance will occur as soon as people begin to work in unity rather than on their own.   “A quote my dad used to always tell me and that I now tell others is ‘Aim for the moon, so that even if you fall, you’ll fall among the stars.'” Be sure to follow her socials and contact her if interested in her services! Always move #CloserToYourDreams 

Email: Panamaeunice@gmail.com

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