The sound of silence
First Posted: 3/6/2015
CARBONDALE — As it stands, the rap industry currently produces a myriad of MC’s claiming their status as some sort of pseudo-god, some deity set forth to rule mankind simply through a culture of imbibing and propagating opulence. Kevin Parker, 19, a sophomore studying English at Luzerne County Community College who recently released his debut rap EP ‘Static’ at the tail end of 2014, doesn’t believe in bragging as a hobby.
“A lot of rappers in the scene are always bragging and boasting. They say, ‘Nobody can touch me.’ I don’t like that. I don’t brag. Who you meet on stage is who’ll you meet getting coffee or something,” Parker said. “‘Static’ is about the things that are not perfect about me. I’m not afraid to open up to listeners.”
Parker will perform ‘Static’ live at 9 p.m., Friday, March 20 at Lyrics18407 in Carbondale. He promises an entertainingly thoughtful experience for his audience.
“The audience is going to come away from my show feeling uplifted and challenged in their thinking. Most of all, they’re going to feel like they really connected with me,” he said.
Parker’s EP elicits a nuanced, slickly verbose flow evoking the cadence of a poetically inclined metronome. His rhymes steadily ebb between measures of expressly punctuated lyrical staccato and atmospherically brooding, pensive storytelling. “Sonically, you never know what you’re going to get with each song or project from me. Sometimes, I’m about just spitting fire and laying down bars,” Parker said. “Sometimes I’m really bothered and not as lyrical, but more of a storyteller instead. Sometimes I just want to have fun. I really like to experiment with different sounds.”
Pulling no punches, Parker’s music subtly jabs at themes of race, politics and positivity. On the EP’s third track, Accept Me, Parker airs his frustrations regarding the current state of rap, claiming, “In 2011/I learned I would never have a crack at the throne.” “2011 was the year ‘Watch the Throne’, the Kanye West and Jay-Z collaboration, dropped. I listened to the album because everyone was so hype about it. To me it seemed like an empty pursuit, not really worth what those artists say it is. They claim to be the best and the greatest and everyone considers them almost divine in a way,” Parker said.
It is no small wonder this idolization of false prophets upsets Parker. He attributes a majority of his artistic inspiration to his faith.
“I am influenced by my family and a positive world view based on my faith. Sometimes I’m venting, but I like to spread a positive message mostly,” Parker said. “The image I create in myself and in my music is true to the person I am in real life. ‘Static’ is about all these questions we have about our lives. Everybody wants you to follow their direction — they all have their own version of who they want you to be. It becomes really difficult to figure out what your purpose is above all that noise, all that static.”
‘Static’ is currently available for purchase on iTunes or for streaming on Spotify.