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Above Average Hip Hop x Tange Lomax

Self-described as “100% Tange Lomax,” this emerging singer and vocalist offers something fresh for fans of female legends such as…

Self-described as “100% Tange Lomax,” this emerging singer and vocalist offers something fresh for fans of female legends such as Erykah Badu and Lauryn Hill. While working to find her own place in this world, Tange’s free spirit has led her to experimenting with a variety of vocal stylings, resulting in a diverse and engaging outcome.

Tange’s latest track, Like I Do as produced by Graveside, is a great introduction to her music, and this track will find its way getting inevitably stuck in your head. Don’t let Tange’s laid back demeanor as an r&b singer fool you, she can spit a mean verse with the best of ‘em. Her strong personality matches her multitalented approach as a musician, and is the type of artist that deserves a spot on your up-and-coming radar.

We took some time to get to know more about this young talent, check out our Q+A below. 

Introduce yourself! Where you’re from, where you’re at and what you do! 

My name is Tange Lomax (like Tangerine) and yes, it’s my actual name! I was born and raised in High Point, North Carolina, about an hour away from Charlotte. I’m am a rap and r&b vocalist. 

What helped you get started? Tell me about some past projects, or an early memory of deciding to start making music.

I grew up in a church and I used to watch the drummers, the singers and of course, the heart of it all – the organist – as a kid. I would see the anointing God gave the musicians to be able to touch a church full of people. They made people cry, laugh, rejoice all in one moment. I wanted to do that for people!

Over time Rapcity, 106 and park was at its prime and it all just became a part of my everyday life. I always loved to read and write poetry, and slowly but surely I started freestyling with my brothers and his friends and writing my own raps. I was about 9 then and never stopped loving the art of words and the power it has over wax. 

What is your favorite part about your creative process? When you are writing your verses, what does the environment around you look like? What helps you to get inspired? 

My favorite part of my creative process is recording, although writing is a fun too. Things sound way different on wax than in your head, so finally getting to the recording process, I’m able to hear what I do and and don’t like. If I’m doing a feature for someone, the environments always change but the party favors are always present. *laughs*

If I’m recording at home, it;s just me, a Mac, a mic and my hallway to practice my on stage moves. Hearing really good songs gets me inspired like, “wow this is so I can make something this good, maybe even better, let me give a stab at it.”

Beats inspire me, as well as my peers. Watching up and coming artist from my city like J.K. the Reaper, Seers, Josh Jones etc. Watching them grow and constantly working makes me go super hard, “like yeah I gotta go record.” These guys want it BAD.

As a creator, what is your mission in your music, especially in today’s music industry? What are you hoping to express through your lyricism?

My mission is to spread honesty, love and joy.

Records like “Breakthrough” feat. J.K. The Reaper was probably my most honest track to date. During the process of trying to find yourself, you’re going to make some pretty shitty mistakes no matter how much money you do or don’t have, or where you are in the world. It’s just unavoidable. Accepting, growing and moving on to better yourself is the point of it all.

I want to let people know they’re not alone in this journey of life. We’re all on the same mission, just taking different routes. Although I’m not in love at the moment, I’m in love with the possibility of completely loving myself, as well as someone else. I make a lot of love songs because that’s the most important thing we can do for someone. You can be broke as a joke or depressed, but that good friend or that stranger who said they like your sh*t changes everything. Love is everything.

What are some of your favorite releases that other artists have put out this year?

Every Future project, Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly, Seers Lil tape and I’m loving Raury’s All We Need album. Also all of the underground, local soundcloud GEMS I’ve found throughout the year. 

What project can we look out for next of yours?

I’m currently in the process of recording a 5 song EP, titled FEELS. People know me for singing a lot of the hooks on my songs and rapping the verses, and there’s a lot of singing on this EP. It has some cool slow jams to get people prepared for fall and of course the legendary “cuffin” season. It features the homie Josh Jones from Greensboro, North Carolina. 

What do you aim to accomplish next up in your career?

I simply want to touch people hearts and ears enough that they’ll invite me to their city. I want to tour the world but first  more music, more features and more visuals!


Be sure to follow Tange on Twitter.

My name is KC Orcutt, and I’ve now been writing for an Internet-specific audience for more than half my life. Growing up in Upstate NY, I recently relocated to Los Angeles, where I aim to expand my writing career, meet as many interesting people as possible and never forget that the beach is a 20 minute drive away. My work has appeared on a handful of publications, including Beatport News, 12ozProphet, Brooklyn Street Art, Music Times and Keep Albany Boring. I am an enthusiast of happy hour, getting out of the house, supporting my friends’ creative endeavors and listening to the same five songs a dozen times in a row - if they bang.
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Sol Patches’ Album Serves As A ‘Love Letter’ To The Trans Community

Last year on Giving Tuesday (November 27),  New York-based, Chicago-born-and-raised multi-disciplined artist Sol Patches launched GoFundMe campaign to assist with…

Last year on Giving Tuesday (November 27),  New York-based, Chicago-born-and-raised multi-disciplined artist Sol Patches launched GoFundMe campaign to assist with the costs of gender-affirming medical processes.

“Bearing markers of both gender non-conformance and black racialization, my being is constantly under scrutiny,” she wrote about about the campaign. “With increasing anti-trans policy pressure from the state, not to mention the mind-boggling violence endured by black trans women daily, urgency is ingrained into my survival.”

Sol Patches is seeking $10,000 for medical costs, of which she’s raised more than $8,800 in the first two months of the campaign.

“I am endlessly thankful for my chosen family of siblings, mentors and loved ones for supporting me in my transition up until now, and I’m deeply grateful for every contribution,” she wrote.

In early 2018, she released her second full length project, titled Garden City, which she described as “a love letter written in music for trans people, we who dream and live to unlearn-creating in a field that denies our very existence.”

Garden City could call to mind The Garden State, New Jersey, but Sol explained the album title refers to many different things.

“One of those is the idea of a garden city first made its way to the books, in Europe when folks were trying to create utopias – the Utopian Movement,” she said. “One of the cities was supposed to be about gardens and having a city. So like, having the intersections of farming and plants and all that stuff with a city aspect. But eventually it was corrupted. A lot of rich people saw value and profit to be made, and it ultimately crumbled. So it’s definitely inspired in that tradition.”

 

Sol Patches also said the Garden City title has a Chicago connection, as the city’s seal includes the Latin phrase “Urbs in Horto,” or “City in a Garden.”

“I was also working with this brilliant poet and singer and creator (Chaski), and we were talking about the abandoned lots in Chicago and talking about how those deeply have affected us,” Sol explained. “It’s always been so inspiring when I think about growing up on the South Side and the West Side, and there not being many well-put-together playgrounds… And how folks made these lots a place of many happenings. And so that at its core is what inspired the LP.”

Garden City was released in early 2018, nearly two years after Sol Patches’ previous full-length As 2 Water Hurricanes, which boosted her profile in the Chicago music scene – particularly within the DIY community – landing her features in the Chicago Reader and South Side Weekly.

“As 2 Water Hurricanes was first ever project that I released, and I wrote it at a time where there were so many protests and calls-to-action in Chicago,” she said. “I was also involved in those actions and organizing those. And at the same time I was young as hell – I’m still young as hell – and it was written from the perspective of a genderqueer kid, who doesn’t know if they’re gonna make it past 18. And Garden City is more so like the aftermath. And how do I not die for my people, how do I live for the various people, who’ve given all they can to help support me. Like, how do I live for them? So that’s the tone I think, that shows the difference.”

 

Sol said during the time leading up to Garden City, she improved on their technical abilities as a producer and sound engineer. She produced most of the record, with additional production from her sibling Eiigo Groove, as well as Chaski (who also executive produced the album), Eve Carlstrom and Little Bear. The record also features collaborations with artists such as Rich Jones, Plus Sign, Ano Ba, Sasha No Disco and Mykele Deville.

Garden City wasn’t the only release Patches delivered in 2018. In late May, she quietly put out a more experimental project, titled Blue Transitions.

Blue Transitions, even more so than her previous work, is a freeform expression of art and identity. Sol Patches is working on re-releasing that project, which is expected to be released on most streaming platforms, including Spotify and Apple Music.

Lead photo by: Chaski

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#IndieSpotlight: Tre Cartel’s Collaborative EP With CashMoney AP Is A Moment For The ATL MC

ATL MC Tre Cartel is someone who we’ve championed quite a bit in the past, which it’s exciting to finally…

ATL MC Tre Cartel is someone who we’ve championed quite a bit in the past, which it’s exciting to finally get his three-song EP Obtain This Grain — as it feels like a moment for him. Produced entirely by CashMoney AP — a platinum-selling beatsmith whose crafted hits for the likes of Lil Wayne, YoungBoy Never Broke Again, Ski Mask The Slump God, Tory Lanez, Dave East, Jay Critch, and MANY more — the offering is concise but poignant.

 
It kicks off with “That Guy,” which is a dollar-sign tinged profession of why he’s that catch that “she” has been looking for — featuring a guest verse from YFA King, who smashes the melodic flow. “Knock Your Hustle” is another song aimed at a female, quite cohesively playing off the thematic elements of the first track.

The special sauce though is the absolute banger “Formula,” in which he notes “I think I found out the formula,” adding that he’s just warming up. His evolved Migo-esque flow with his cadence and the gorgeous flute in the bridge of the record make this song almost ironic in it’s prophetic in its overall message.

At three songs, it’s an appetizer at best; yet Tre Cartel appears to have hit his stride over this batch of insanely fire beats supplied by CashMoney. While we may see him open up a little more below the surface when we’re blessed with a larger body of work to digest, Obtain This Grain has a hearty helping of replay value worth adding to your playlist if you’re in search of the next-big-thing to pop from the hotbed that is Atlanta.

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#IndieSpotlight: Reíne Imoan Sets The Tone With Her Soulful Debut “Soul Sista”

Long Island, New York, singer Reíne Imoan is about to make a splash in 2019 with her debut VWR. Her…

Long Island, New York, singer Reíne Imoan is about to make a splash in 2019 with her debut VWR. Her first official single “Soul Sista” produced by Shepard X is out now — and as Imoan recounts to AAHH, the track was fun to create. “It was made off of groove and straight vibes … brings me back to the late 90’s early 2000’s, which was one of my fave eras of music.

“I remember Shepard X introducing the beat to me with the concept and instantly I started bopping and knew I had to have it,” she continues.

She has always been involved in music — and it all started with her father, who used to play his vast music collection constantly. “From Roots Reggae to R&B soul every Sunday dinner,” she recalls with a smile.

“I remember singing the first verse I ever wrote to my friends and they hyped me so much,” she says. That push made me want to keep going and see what else I can do. I searched on youtube for beats and just kept writing. I felt it in my heart that this is what I’d be doing for sure.”

All roads have led to her upcoming project, but she’s not rushing anything. “I want to take my time with this one and give people something they can relate and bump to,” she says adding that the collaborations lined up are worth waiting for. I used to rush things because I saw other people putting stuff out … I was just so eager to get out there. But I had to center myself and say Fuck that, take your time and don’t let others make you feel like you have to rush anything. Quality over quantity, always.”

Ultimately, she’s crafting a first impression that she hopes will be great. “I’m working every day and practicing my craft to be one of the best entertainers in the industry. I plan on writing songs for other singers and artist in the industry, along with working with them on projects,” she says, describing her long-term objectives.

“After I drop my EP, I’m going to keep creating and see where the universe lands me. I plan on doing lots of performances this year and putting myself out there. Later in my career, I plan on dabbling into acting — another art that I’ve always enjoyed. When God gives you a talent, I believe you have to share it with the world.”

Check out her debut single, “Soul Sista,” below.

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Last ‘On The Cusp’ Playlist Of 2018

On The Cusp is a living playlist dedicated to showcasing the buzzing new music on our radar — as curated…

On The Cusp is a living playlist dedicated to showcasing the buzzing new music on our radar — as curated by our writer Riley Wallace. For all inquiries and submissions, hit up the playlist’s official Twitter feed.

This week’s cover artist is EverythigOShaun.

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