After the drop of a trailer for his long awaited second EP, Silent Hill, MaxMilly follows up with the music video for Lost, shot and directed by Joel Tristan (Infinite Media).
Having recently performed live as an opening act for Z-Ro, MaxMilly is keeping momentum by releasing this new visual. The video finds the San Marcos rapper roaming through the night as lyrics from Lost light up the screen.
“Well, the song is called Lost, so I’m looking for something in a positive way expressing my thoughts and how I’m feeling,” says MaxMilly.
The project itself is a dedication to his close friends Adrian Diaz, Carlos Ortega and Joe Anthony Lozano, as well as inspirations XXXtentacion, Juice Wrld, Corbin, Awax and Raz Simone.
Hip Hop is a culture that includes multiple elements. Rap music is often the first thing that comes to mind when someone mentions they love hip hop. Learning how to rap seems to be effortless for some, yet challenging for others. Today we will share some tips, from rap god Eminem, on how you can begin to master this valuable skill.
A majority of listeners of rap who want to learn how to flow are between the ages of 13 and 25. Starting young can really give you an edge on the competition.
“First I was a fan of the music before I even thought about rapping, you know what I’m sayin… L.L. Cool J was the one who made me first start writing rhymes. And I was like, 12, 13 maybe.. and it sucked. You know, I wasn’t good, like I had to keep practicing and practicing and practicing..”
If you want to improve as a rap artist you have to consistently keep coming back to the craft. It’s okay to step away if necessary but you need to realize that the real results come from practicing regularly. Some people will tell you it’s a talent you are either born with or not, but here is Eminem telling you that’s not always the case.
“I gave it up for awhile then I picked it up again back when I was 15 and started being able to kinda put songs together… I was never really good at much else.. Once I figured out I was decent at something I just focused and went for it.”
Focusing means honing in on one specific subject and then, if distracted by something else, make a conscious decision to redirect your attention back to what you were originally focusing on.
“When I write my songs, the formula for how I write my songs is pretty simple… I write the verses and then sum up all the verses with a hook… but my delivery and the way I say things across the mic I make sure that is just perfect… I want to make sure everything is perfect so I can listen to my shit a million times and not find a flaw in it.”
Practice making complete songs. Building your vocabulary and learning which words rhyme together is a must, but take it a step further and study the structure of your favorite hit songs. Try to reproduce that same structure using your own style and lyrical content. Listen to your recordings and if you hear any flaws make the necessary changes.
“One day I got a call from my boy Proof and he was like ‘Yo you need to come up to The Hip Hop Shop… Yo just write something and come up here’ and Proof like, ran shit in Detroit…He started making connections and he met J. Dilla… when I went up to The Hip Hop Shop he was like ‘yo I’ll clear everybody out, I’ll have like ten people… you rap in front of them.. and if they don’t like you, they’re gonna tell you they don’t like you. If they do like you and they fuck with you, then you know…’”
Be open to meeting with people who have connections in the game. They can share valuable insight and experience. Mentors might have ideas on how you can improve or advance in the game. An example is how Eminem had Proof.
“So I went there, said the rap. I got some people jumpin around and shit and I was like: okay… That’s when we started having battles at The Hip Hop Shop. But every Saturday I would make sure I didn’t have to work cause I was going to The Hip Hop Shop… Proof was taking names and he was putting them in a hat… if you want to sign up to battle you put your name in a hat, he picks a name and he picks another name.. and I started battling and in The Hip Hop Shop the first battle we had there I won it.”
Although not every rap artist needs to take the path of battling, they should make time to attend events where they have opportunity for exposure and networking. In todays era that includes online events and social media. Live music venues, where artists in a genre similar to your own perform, are highly beneficial as well.
Every artist has their own path. The few simple words Eminem shared here are full of priceless gems for anyone wanting to learn. Subscribe to us here at IndyRapArt.com for more installments of Learn To Rap.
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How did you all meet or what brought you all together?
“We actually met through school, we never really hung out but we knew of each out and knew music ran through all of our veins. I actually reached out to Tee first in 2018 and we created our first song, Tug of War, produced by Catch22beats. Pretty much after that I knew who else was missing from this movement and just knew from what I’d heard from his lyrics and style I had to reach out to Jimmie tha God. We then created a track called, San Martians, produced by Catch22beats. Once that released the people went crazy so we knew needed to create this group.” – Isaac
How did you get introduced to the rap game?
Tee: Me personally, I’ve been around music my whole life. As far as rap goes, my uncle listened to a lot of west coast and southern rappers – NWA, Mac 10, Snoop, 2Pac, Master P. Really I just loved the sound of all of it and as I grew older I got to be able to listen to their lyrics and the way they all flowed differently.
Isaac: All of us grew up differently but we all knew music was definitely a calling to our lives. I was introduced at a young age to rap mainly Texas artists by my older brother and sister always jamming ABN, UGK, and all the main underground Texas artists you can really think of. Once I was older I started exploring more music.
Who are your biggest influences to continue in this game?
Isaac: Well, it’s been a blessing so far on my journey I actually am the first in my small town of san marocs to have a project featuring 4 huge artists from Strange music (Tech N9ne’s label). Some have went on their own but I was still able to put this together for me and my crew. I want to give a huge shout out to my good homie JLBHOOD he’s truly helped me throughout my journey with spreading our songs to everyone and it’s just a great feeling to have that respect from artists at such a level. I really look up to my Strange fam because this underground game isn’t easy but we are all trying to succeed, we all gotta eat.
Tee: I’d definitely have to say that the people I have around me in my life in general are my influences to keep going. My support system – my family, my best friends, the people I’ve worked with over the last couple of years since I’ve gotten deeper into this have all been amazing and they make sure that I keep going.
Where should a new artist start to seriously begin a rap career?
Tee: I think from the group up is the best place to start and that’s only because once it’s established, nobody can take it away from you. Honestly from wherever they might be at with it currently is just as good. As long as they take it seriously and stick with it and put in the work behind it.
Isaac: From what I have learned about this game, just be yourself and don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t because anything is possible if you truly believer in yourself and your craft. That’s the most important thing to me if you want to become a real artist, then do your studies and get yourself in position.
Describe the biggest show or event you’ve ever rocked.
The biggest show we’ve had was actually not too long ago, we co-headlined for Texas legend Z-ro at Texas Ski Ranch, it was the biggest crowd we have had thus far.
Your go to munchies to eat after a long studio session?
Isaac: I’m really fucking hungry no lie so Whataburger is a must for me lol
Tee: Get me to Pluckers, Whataburger, or City Market and I’m good to go honestly
What is the main message that 3rd Eye is trying to deliver to the public?
Real music and real artist still exist. There are still artists and engineers or producers that still care about the music and the work that goes into it. We really just want to open peoples eyes with our creations of music. We want to you all into our world!
The Wanderers is quite an ambitious film. It touches on a wide variety of themes, considering it’s a product of the film-making, writing, and acting techniques of the late 1970’s and the setting was the late 1960’s. While the effects are more common to B movies of this time period, the concepts and themes it attempts to shed light on – realistic, humanitarian themes – are more common in Blockbuster films such as musicals with the same general time period setting (West Side Story, Hairspray, Grease) and well-beloved cultural classics like Dirty Dancing and Back to the Future. The soundtrack even fits with these, with many of the same songs as on the Dirty Dancing soundtrack (though, this movie came first) – and if I do say so myself, it’s a pretty kickin’ soundtrack!
There are multiple gangs featured in this film, the main characters mainly belonging to The Wanderers. The Wanderers are the mostly-Italian-American youth gang. “The Baldies” (named so for the way their heads are shaved) are a more inclusive society, but considered the “toughest” youth gang, and they tend to wear leather jackets – much like the “Greasers” in Grease. There’s an unnamed gang of People of Color youth and another one made up of Asian students, run by Teddy Wong. The biggest issues at the start of the film are really between The Wanderers and the POC youth gangs because they attend school together in a relatively recently desegregated urban school environment. However, there is also another gang called “The Ducky Boys”, (“ducky” may be a derogatory term I’m unaware of for Eastern European immigrants), which I believe is made up of people who are supposed to be Eastern European in ancestry. “The Baldies” seem to be a bit older and don’t seem to attend school with the other gangs. The Asian gang sets itself up as an unbiased group that won’t take sides in a rumble until they deem it necessary. “The Ducky Boys” are set up through film effects, including background music and mist, as the “scariest” and “creepiest” gang, and end up being the major villains of the film. I believe this was done as a plot device to bring the POC and The Wanderers gangs together against a common foe, since the rest of the gangs are represented in a more realistic light throughout the film.
Meanwhile, the film also deals with the teenage lives of these characters in a realistic, if melodramatic, manner. We see their dramas, betrayals, sex and teen pregnancy, drinking, and military recruitment, as well as minor and major tragedies. Considering everything the movie attempts to cover, they are tied together relatively well. Though subtle, I do believe it also begins to deal with issues of belonging and teen sexuality, including some characters who may or may not be gay due to how they behave throughout the film. Not to mention the focus on Joey’s dysfunctional and abusive family life, Despie’s father and his organized-crime-like behavior (bribery, gambling, violence at a bowling alley, etc), and the teacher who works to get the Italian and “colored” kids to understand cultural differences and the concept of brotherhood between races and ethnicity.
The film has an upbeat and comic ending involving an inclusive set singing “I’m A Wanderer” by the Beach Boys and two of the main characters driving away into the night, leaving the state with comedic dialogue. Considering the time period it was made and all of the issues that it touched on, The Wanderers is a well-made film. It might even deserve to be considered an A- Movie.