“Cup In Hand” (the 2nd single off our upcoming project senseless) will be available this Friday, June 21st at musicbygoat.com. If you’re a part of the GOAT Email List, then you’ll receive a free download link this week (a small thank you to our supporters). Sign up HERE for the free download, along with other perks.
Halcyon Exchange recently released their 2nd project Two Fell Swoop. J Nicholas Gray hit me up a while back about collaborating on “Follow Me Down.” Take a moment to listen by clicking the album cover below.
gonna warn you now – don’t follow me
don’t copy G & don’t bother…leave
all of yall quit commenting
on, on, & on like you’re mockin’ me
from the breath I breathe to the food I eat
seeds I plant & footprints I leave
I’ll admit right now that I dig too deep
a downfall of mine, but at least I see
OCD, labeled a freak
not quite free, but I’m u…nique
I’m a rough cut diamond, shinin’, grindin’,
but still stuck in debris
a nightmare in your beauty sleep
chaos is calming to me
compare it to a little Grey Goose
mixed into your green tea
On Wednesday, May 22nd, get ready for FACE THE MUSIC! It’s gonna be a night like no other at the World Famous LIZARD LOUNGE with some of D-Town’s Finest Trap, Dubstep Djs, Live Hip Hop, Edm, and R&B!
Free Before 10 pm
$5 For 21+
$10 For Under
$3 Wells Til 11 pm
GOAT (hip hop & rock)
Jocka Child (hip hop)
Elysium (hip hop)
Ray Vaughn (r&b)
WreckaMic (hip hop)
D-Mar (hip hop)
Flotation (hip hop)
J_RoLL3R (hip hop)
JackRabbit (hip hop)
9th Child (hip hop)
Mall Malik (hip hop)
Binary’s Mind (hip hop)
Wet Worx (hip hop)
Tek Force (hip hop)
Mic Most (edm)
Dj Sickone (edm trap & dubstep)
Funk Boy Krew, Kind Of A Big Deal Entertainment (big pimp productions), & Nrg Ent
DubCommission Dj’s (edm trap & dubstep)
The Spotlight: New Single: GOAT “Lead”
GOAT (Grades Of Absolute Truth) encapsulates the definition of diversity in music. You might see him perform an intimate acoustic set at a coffee house one night, only to light up a stage with multiple features and a supporting DJ at a packed house at Trees the following night. At the basic level, one can describe his sound as southern, hovering somewhere in middle of a clash of rock, blues, and hip hop. We asked GOAT for some insight into the production process and some underlying themes behind his newest single, “Lead”.
Can you describe the inspiration for writing this song?
Oddly enough, I wrote the chorus lyrics & melody a few years ago. I was living near Greenville Ave & Ross in Dallas. Since I’d been there, several break-ins, robberies, and even a sexual assault had been committed on my street. JackRabbit James was living with me, at the time, and we always used to joke about how stupid it would be for someone to break into our place since we both have guns under our pillows. So those jokes inspired the hook. The verses and bridge were written around it.
It sounds like there’s a heavy helping of live instruments, who are the musicians behind the music and what was the production process like?
There are two musicians behind it – Justin “Double J” Jones & Mike Warren. I’m lucky to have these guys in my corner, both are amazing. Double J constructed everything except the guitars. My cousin Mike did the guitar cuts when we were close to finished with the track. The production process went quickly. I came to Double J with the chorus melody, then he began playing various chord progressions over it. Once we decided on that, I let Double J do his thing with it. What he composed was an absolute perfect fit for the message.
It’s pretty obvious you are an advocate of the 2nd Amendment. How do you feel about our current gun control laws?
Oh yeah, I’m an advocate, but don’t take me as some trigger-happy lunatic. At its core, this song’s about protecting your family from harm – that’s it. Guns have been a positive force in my life and no one can change my opinion about that. When I think about the banning of assault rifles or magazines, I don’t see the point. Making something illegal doesn’t stop access to it. If criminals obeyed laws, we wouldn’t have criminals. With that being said, I don’t think the rights of people that obey laws should be stripped.
As a teacher, do you feel that teachers should be allowed to carry guns in the classroom?
With the proper training & evaluation, I don’t have a problem with it. Do I think every teacher should have a pistol on them? No. But I don’t see much of a difference between your child being in a public place with strangers holding CHLs and your child being in a classroom with an armed teacher you’ve trusted to educate your kid.
|An Inside Perspective From GOAT|
I wrote the chorus lyrics and melody to this tune several years ago. At the time, it didn’t fit any of the projects I was working on, so I just tucked it away. In March of this year, I woke up singing this song and excitedly hit up Double J to start working on the music immediately. Originally we intended on releasing another tune as our 1st single, but the content for this track needed to be published ASAP because of current events. I’m obviously not a thugged out gangster rapper, but guns have been a big part of my life since I was a child. Without hunting, my Dad and I wouldn’t have as close of a relationship as we do. This song isn’t necessarily a direct political statement; it’s simply about protecting myself and my family from harm. I added a small bit of humor in the 2nd verse to lighten the mood, but I’m an extremely careful and responsible gun owner that doesn’t take safety lightly.
|An Inside Perspective From Double J|
As the first release off the senseless project, this track evoked a sense of urgency because of the current state of events concerning firearms here in the U.S. While most of the other tracks on the project focus on the deprivation of our senses, this song was actually about trying to make sense of a situation. It’s about choice, and one’s right to have a choice. When you listen to the story, you have to decide what you would do in that situation. It’s meant to be an engaging song. The soundscape was easy, but I didn’t want to be too cliché. I wanted to let loose a hard-hitting throwback to West Coast gangsta beats to take us to a dangerous place, but laced in a lot of piano work to help build the drama. Keep an ear out for more upcoming releases from this experiment called senseless (brought to you by GOAT and myself, Double J)!
|An Outside Perspective From Travii the 7th|
Let’s start with the production, it’s real solid…and I’m a huge of fan of sample-free music. As far as I can tell, this is sample-free. And it’s pretty flawless! GOAT picked a real serious topic for today’s time. And it’s about time someone came at this topic from a gun supporter’s point of view, he nailed it. The cadence and melodies are all on point. Overall, the only thing lacking from the track are some ill melodic scratches. With all that being said, this track has replay value of 5 out of 6.
|Download “Lead” Now|
|iTunes | Bandcamp | Amazon | Google play|
H4, Dallas VIP, and Deep Ellum Brewery present…
Hip Hop Helps Heal Cystic Fibrosis
Benefitting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
Saturday, May 11th, 2013
Deep Ellum Brewing Company
2823 St Louis Street
Dallas, TX 75226
7 pm – 10 pm
21 and Up to Attend
$20 Cover – Includes Public Brewery Tour (offering complimentary samples) & Entertainment
Wear Purple to Support the Cause (Official Color for Cystic Fibrosis Awareness)
Music Provided by:
GOAT – 8:30-8:50 pm
KAPOW – 9-9:45 pm
In partnership with the Dallas Beard Club