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.

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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

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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.

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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

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Kendon McClaine II

Ever been told you aren’t able to do something simply because you’re “too young?” Kendon McClaine II has, and he has responded by doing everything they told him he couldn’t. This 17 year old out of Kansas City, Kansas is a multi musician, composer/arranger, and professional photographer. He started young, his skill growing as he has. His potential is endless, a true prodigy that’s able to play a large variety of instruments. Some of these instruments include; piano, tuba, saxophone, organ, drums, percussion, and much more! He’s drawn to full chords and funky rhythms one would typically find in RnB music. It is because of this that McClaine feels his culture has also helped him sway towards this sound. He layers chords together and arranges bits and pieces to create a sound meant for voices to sing over. His biggest influences in composing and arranging are Tyler, The Creator, PJ Morton, Isaac Cates, Quincy Jones, Cory Henry, and Shaun Martin. Kendon even conveys his love of music through the use of photography, often taking photos of his instruments in natural settings. McClaine wishes to expand his network, partnering with both models and fashion designers in his hometown of Wyandotte County to begin building a portfolio. Being the musician he is, Kendon hopes to start his own drum line for the youth, giving them a creative outlet. He states that as a young musician, sometimes you have to work ten times as hard to prove yourself to older musicians. Music and photography have always been vital to this young teens life despite what the critics may say. He pays them no mind, simply allowing his skills do the talking for him. “My dad told me ‘You don’t work, you don’t eat.’ Take that how you will.” Like Kendon, always move #CloserToYourDreams

Email: kendonmcclaineii@gmail.con

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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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Trae Curry

Most refer to him as solely a Rapper, but 19 year old Trae Curry insists he’s much more than that. Coming from Wyandotte County in Kansas City, Kanas,  Curry has always been focused on bettering himself and his abilities as a Musician; he’s stated that he’s trained his ears very hard and continues to do so. He’s been writing since the age of 12, but it wasn’t until 2017 that he decided to take his craft to the next level. Trae says that the overall message he intends to send through his music is to “Stay true to who you are. Follow your dreams from a pure place and see where it takes you.” In regards to following your dreams, this sentiment from Curry is something we also believe to be true. Recently, Trae was able to drop his first official project “Work in Progress.” The project features 8 songs in total that we see as sort of a coming-of-age tale. In short, it’s a project that’s very relatable, especially for the adolescent listener. Trae Curry explores different scenarios and feelings I’m sure many of us experienced at some point in our teen years. To sum up his project, Trae states he wanted to create a work of art that expressed every side of him and his versatility. He followed up by saying that he wanted to create something that discussed real topics whilst maintaining a lit energy. Listeners are certainly able to see the range and versatility throughout his project. Curry is able to go from a song like “All Eyes on Me,” which has a trapesque sound to “Lose” which could be seen as pop. On songs “Missed Calls” and “Voicemail Freestyle,” Trae switches to a more thought-provoking sound as he discusses situations that require deeper attention. He draws influence from artist like Kendrick Lamar, Drake, and Frank Ocean; their influence is evident in his own, unique sound. “Strength is the resiliency of tough times, no one is strong without weakness. Overcoming the weaknesses make you a warrior.” Trae sees himself in the music industry within the next couple years either writing songs for himself or someone else. We look forward to seeing him at the top, but be sure to click the link to his album at the bottom! Always move #CloserToYourDreams

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Montanaa Jay

Think of the word unique then take a look at Montanaa; she’s the embodiment of the word. Montanaa Jay is a 22 year old musical powerhouse out of Kansas City, Kansas. She doesn’t like being labeled as a rapper or singer, labeling herself as a “Music Maker.” Recently, she’s taken a liking to practicing visual arts as well, something she’s been doing for a couple months. Music is different, she’s been continuously working on music since she was 18. Montanaa states that she didn’t get serious about her craft until others began doubting her abilities, which at the time she had nothing to prove them wrong. She changed this quickly, using their underestimations as a driving force to show up and show out. She draws influence from musical artists such as Mama Badu, Doja Cat, and Jill Scott; the same ideas of self love they represent are present within her music. Through use of silky smooth vocals, she weaves together relatable lyrics over Neo-Soul beats that result in a song producing vibes comparable to those of artists such as SZA or NAO. We mention those two only to put her skills into perspective however; Jays music is too extraordinary to make a serious comparison to anyone but herself. To put it simply, the girl is a vibe! With her talent, she plans to create music catering to your aesthetics. We hear this while listening to all of Montanaa tracks, but, we do intend to name a few. Listening to songs such as “dnd,” “n o m o r e,” “wait,” and “distracted” made it feel as though we were floating, resting on clouds formed by Jays outstanding sound paired with engaging lyrics. Topics can be anything such as emotion, intimacy, or simply boredom. Different topics reach different people, which is why Montanaa encourages everyone listen to her music. “Anyone can listen, send it to ya’ granny.” In her words, her dream is to “spread words of knowledge and nonsense like jelly,” the world being her bread. Her message to everyone is that it’s okay to be yourself, it’s okay to do what you want. If someone labels you emotional, it’s okay; if someone thinks you’re nasty, it’s okay. What matters most is that you’re true to yourself by being yourself. She continues to work with other prominent artist in her community, saying that she doesn’t know where she’ll land, but that success is definitely headed her way. The quote she leaves us with is “D.O.T.S.” — Kenny Beats. Give Montanaa Jay a listen, you won’t be disappointed. Always move #CloserToYourDreams

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