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Growing up in Philly, it was inevitable that you were exposed to Hip-Hop. For those who were drawn to it, the love affair began and the culture grew. Since 1973, Hip-Hop grew from B-Boys, Beat Boxing and DJs to an art form relatable to everyone. The 1990s gave way to a generation of people who could appreciate Hip-Hop as an art form rather just a commercial entity because artists from NWA and Snoop to A Tribe Called Quest and Nas could co-exist. There wasn't one sound and people could hear different artists on local radio stations.
Coors Light and Power 99 would like to introduce The Movement, to give the mic to 13 local emcees and introduce the collective of real Hip-Hop artists that exists in the city. The Underground Summer Series, featuring 13 local artist performances, live in our performance studio, will take place over the 13 weeks of summer.
Penning his first rhyme at 14, Amir Taron grew with Hip-Hop. Growing up in Camden, the oldest of three brothers, music was everywhere. Although he was exposed to everything from Gospel to Soul and Jazz to R&B, Hip-Hop stood out. Influenced by emcees like Nas, Ghostface, Common, Big L and Big Pun, he realized his attraction to writing very early. The emcee was urged by Novel, a friend and artist, to rhyme; and in a cipher at about five in the morning; his ill vocabulary finally turned into true lyricism.
Feeling the frustration of Hip-Hop being stifled, he went on hiatus. After 5 years, he met some emcees who inspired him to get back to music. Amir Taron wrote for the next two years, and after Chemistry Music was started in 2008, he dropped his first album, watercoloroncanvas. Recognizing the inevitability that Hip-Hop would grow and spiral off into other art forms also helped him recognize his purpose and the fact that what was going on around him gave him something to talk about. watercoloroncanvas was his way of speaking to those who have been through what he's been through and giving them a voice to relate to; just like Hip-Hop had done for him at such a young age.
The album is a series of anecdotes than span from the depiction of poverty stricken streets to a more personal struggle; and a perfect display of his ability to paint a picture with flawless delivery. It was a well-received underground debut and helped solidify Chemistry Music. The emcee is working on his next project tentatively titled, Aerosol Diaries.