After a successful year and a half that included a debut release, a handful of impressive music videos and loads of stage time, including a festival appearance, Blacklight has found himself hitting the ground running once again. In light of (no pun intended) all of this experience and growth, it makes sense that his follow-up project, Full-Time, would have the sound of a more mature and seasoned artist. The touches of pure energy and emotion are definitely still present, as that rawness is a huge part of what makes Blacklight such a compelling artist, but hearing him approach more seasoned tracks with a more confident and equally seasoned approach is refreshing and inspiring. Much of the subject matter is similar, as Blacklight has always been about positivity, self-sufficiency and making your own way, but now the feelings are backed up with stories and examples of experience. Definitely check out the project on your favorite streaming service or online storefront, support if you can, and spread the word regardless!
After releasing King Vibez Only last December, it’s nice to see that BlackLight isn’t planning on resting upon his recent laurels. His latest single and music video, Lose Patience, is a high energy injection of audio and visual stimulus, all of which is live and direct with the intention of grabbing the attention of the listener/viewer and maintaining a strong grip. The bouncy track serves as a roaming ground for BlackLight‘s lyrics of personal victories and rewards reaped, as well as warnings to anyone with intentions of derailing the trajectory. The video is up close, personal, colorful and intense, all of which gives it a surprising strength and boldness despite its simpler nature and approach. Overall, this is definitely phenomenal work, and wonderfully surprising growth from an artist who has already more than fulfilled his early promise. Check it out, leave a like and a comment, and share it around for everyone to experience.
Questioning the drive and motivation of BlackLight is a fool’s errand. Over the past year or so, BlackLight has gone from an Austin-based MC hustling for opportunities and rocking local shows to making high quality songs, videos and playing festival stages. His latest track, Do What I Do, is an ode to this motivated nature, and specifically one that points out how those who want to see change must initiate it rather than depend on others to make ways for you. Mista Mozes drops in to help further the message, and thanks to CR Spectrum, BlackLight has presented us with a stunning black and white video reminiscent of those seen in the 1990s and 2000s era of hip-hop, where the culture was firmly establishing itself as the dominant one to the masses, and on its own terms. Check out the video, leave a like and a comment, and share it around so everyone can follow suit.
BlackLight out of Austin is on a mission to prove that you can be successful without compromising your vision or integrity, and up to this point, he is making all the right moves. His latest music video, the visual love letter to Austin that is Skyline, features he and singer Aline pontificating on manifesting your vision, making money, and keeping your head to the sky in an energy-filled track. The visuals show a lot of the usual downtown Austin suspects via drone footage and artistic dutch angle shots, and the parking garage performance echoes one of my favorite eras in hip-hop. I’m definitely all for this creative streak that BlackLight has been showing, and I hope it resonates for quite a while.
BlackLight has been on a very public and heartfelt journey to better his craft on all levels, both creatively and as a man, and it has been a very inspirational journey to watch. Aside from the public works and songwriting that he does, he’s delved into the world of visual production as well, and a significant point in the growth was marked by a pair of music videos : Crying AF, which was previously covered on this blog, and Woah!, a slightly heavier allusion to the journey on which BlackLight was about to partake. The video shows him symbolically (and, at a certain point, literally) stepping outside of himself to explore his life, journey and choices from a number of different angles, all with the help of a mystic woman and some time spent alone in nature. The video has a wonderful DIY ethic, but it still manages to have a deep enough psychedelic aesthetic to make its point clear and concise. I am definitely looking forward to what future creations BlackLight has in store, as he’s mentioned that he’s cooking up a couple of projects that promise to entertain to maximum potential.
These days, it seems that the simple act of existing as a minority in a tension-filled society is one filled with paranoia… fear of systematic oppression, fear of violence at the hands of those meant to serve and protect, and fear of being judged unjustly are all very real concerns that have always been around, and that continue to be relevant as the times supposedly change. Austin-based MC BlackLight, along with collaborator and fellow MC Ricki Savage, dove into this reality musically via BlackLight‘s track Crying AF, and with human rights rallies popping up in Austin, it only seemed right that footage from those rallies should be used in conjunction with their story for a music video. The pair manage to show how art and reality often intertwine and imitate one another, as large numbers of people are shown uniting for the very same things that the pair are rapping about. Definitely help these guys spread this much needed message via a like, comment and a share to their video, and never forget to support your local creators.