Turn the Lights On!
Natural disasters. Broken families. Recession. Depression. Injustice. Abuse. Pain and suffering, both personal and global. These all add up to a dark situation indeed, and one doesn’t have to look far to be confronted by this darkness. The lines of many emcees clearly depict these circumstances in our world, but few offer us hope. However, in my debut mixtape, Turn the Lights On!, I add my voice to the mix, and aim to do just that.
Part autobiography, part journal, part social commentary, and part call to action, the project represents my heart in lyrical form. I hope to take the listener on an emotional and sonic journey back in time in my own life, through the darkness that currently engulfs our world, and finally towards the light at the end of the tunnel.
For the casual listener, it confronts problems of pain, suffering, injustice, and emptiness that anyone can easily recognize, and audaciously seeks to offer hope in midst of these dark circumstances.
For those who profess to be Christians, it encourages a second look at the brilliant, eye-opening grace of God as manifested through Jesus, and seeks to inspire a (re)new(ed) commitment to blaze brightly as lights for all who suffer physically, mentally, and spiritually.
I offer you all 17 tracks – the product of much thought, prayer, time, money, and energy – free of charge. However, I would like to urge you to join me in providing light to the dark situation that confronts the people of Haiti. Over 9 months after the devastating January 12th earthquake, the people of Haiti still suffer, lacking even the most basic necessities such as water. The recent cholera outbreak only exacerbates this situation. Regardless of how you feel about my music, please click HERE to get more information and to give.
Cordaro “Chrdz” Rodriguez (www.myspace.com/chrdz): “Prodigal,” “All of Me (Remix)”
Crown One for K.P. Music Records (www.kpmusicrecords.com): “A Letter to My Editors”
Da’Lux Blaze: “Who Is This?”
DJ D. Scott (dssence.net): “Know This (Remix)”
DJ DeeKay (www.facebook.com/deekaymusic): “Turn the Lights On! (title track)”
DJ Dynasty, Chinaman Productions (www.myspace.com/jzhaomusic): “Voices,” “Welcome 2 Life,” “Pretty Brown Girl,” “Alive,” “Foreign Language,” “Blaze”
Nick Antoine (http://www.myspace.com/nicholasantoine): “Light Shine Thru”
Young Reezy, Point Up Productions (www.myspace.com/youngreezy08): “Do I Dream Wrong?”
T-Mic (www.tmicbeats.com): “Marlene”
Tony Stone (www.tstonemusic.com): “Gon’ Give ‘Em”