Music Monday 3.25.13 Autumn LaBella

Good morning to all of our fans out there. I hope that everybody is attempting to stay warm in this fluke spring weather!!

Despite the snow, it is our job to bring you the realness for the season. We have a new artist that is burning up the area right now.

Two words. Autumn LaBella, Two dreams. One person. Many talents.

Get hip! This 19 year-old femcee/songstress is truly one of a kind. She is a sophomore at Old Dominion University, majoring in Recreational & Tourism Studies with a dream of providing a full quality life to disabled and emotionally handicapped individuals. Baby girl got gifts!

Autumn’s newest project,  Reign Check , is raw and completely honest. Initially created for her ears only, this mixtape transformed into a message. Autumn wanted this to be a wake-up call for all those that claim to be making good music. She wanted people to realize where Hip Hop is today and how the front runners in the music industry achieved greatness in the first place.

 

“The raw passion and talent that were present in the 60’s-90 is gone,” LaBella says. “The love that everybody claims they have for music, Hip Hop in general is gone. The hunger is gone.”

The entire vibe for  Reign Check is a completely mellow one. Autumn says that her project is meant to define her. It’s her own personal diary and she wants her fans to take away a message from her music. She wants them to not only listen to it, but  feel it. That’s the point of good music.

LaBella has defined her own genre of music as Neo-Hip Hop. She doesn’t’ see herself as an R&B artist although she loves the music that it produces. She characterizes her voice as one with a softer and more unique tone in comparison with a bellowing and fluid one. The sound of her voice is what helps fans to be captivated by her words. Her voice is haunting and very clear. LaBella’s sound is definitely something new for underground Hip Hop, but it will only amplify the value. She aspires to be different, and I can completely vouch for that.

Inner Intro - Autumn Labella fro Simone McPhail o Vimeo

As a lyricist and poet, LaBella does have a major appreciation for artists with the same creativity and drive. She’s listening to a lot of Dom Kennedy, Kendrick Lamar, A$AP, and Freddy Gibbs. Her favorites of all time include Jay-Z, Lauryn Hill, Tupac, Rah Digga, Foxy Brown, and the list goes on. I have to say that her list is rather impressive. She’s also been compared to Lauryn Hill, Eve, and Foxy Brown with a twist of Brandy, but I’ll let you guys decide for yourself.

LaBella looks up to the greats and she acknowledges them as her influences. From Elton John to 50 Cent, Kendrick Lamar to Bob Marley, Biggie to Earth Wind & Fire, and so forth. She takes from them all and uses them to propel her craft. If she could collab with anybody on a project, it would literally have to depend on the day. She loves them all, but her top picks would include Jay-Z, Common, Freddy Gibbs, and Flatbush Zombies. Let’s just say that she has an interesting range.

Be on the lookout for future projects from Autumn. Her next mixtape should be dropping in mid-April. The exact date is up in the air at this point, but be ready for GREATNESS. Expect big things from this one, UxU fans. I have a feeling that you won’t be disappointed. Also, check out her track "Mr. Answers" preceding her new project to get a feel of it early.

You can follow Autumn LaBella on Twitter and InstaGram @AutumnLaBella and download her mixtape on Bandcamp at

http://autumnlabella.bandcamp.com/album/reign-check

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