Class is in Session with Professor Toon
Happy Tuesday Luvs!
I had the opportunity to interview and listen to the music of one of the hottest artists from NC! His stage presence is captivating and his lyrical content is undeniably incredible. His music takes us on a ride of twists and turns leading to an influential lesson by the ultimate storyteller. One of the things I enjoyed early on while listening to his music is he looks to stand outside of the crowd and is looking to make his own mark as an artist. He can't be boxed in! He is Professor Toon. The Durham native and I got a chance to chat at one of his recommended Bull City spots Bull McCabes about his music, life as a father, and what's next for him in 2016!
So here's how it all went down!
How is the writing process for you with your music? What has been your influence?
Toon: "As a child I experienced seeing domestic violence and writing became really therapeutic for me. At the end of day I'd rather get it off my chest rather than get it off on somebody's face so instead writing is a creative and productive release versus doing something violent or stupid. But becoming a father heavily influenced my music and I strive harder for her everyday."
What would you like people to know about this album?
Toon: "This is just an intro. So this is my first real budgeted album where I had a budget to travel and record. Even though it was to Wilmington it just felt different. Like oh I get to go to the beach during the Summer time and record an album alright let's go! We out! So that was super interesting, it was a learning experience, and I definitely spent a little more money than I should have. But its just the intro of a more inner look into who I am. Before I wasn't as vulnerable on wax as I am now. It just wasn't as personal. But now its actual social commentary on my perspective of social issues and punchlines more so about what's going on now. So more so like current events and a story line now."
What's the name of the album?
Toon: "Take Notes is the name of the album. I make it a point to tell everybody that I stole that from MK Asante at a "Black Lives Matter" rally. He was doing a speech on history and how we should research everything. There is the history that they teach you in the history books and then there is what actually happened. You should take extra notes. So since then anything to do with Professor Toon is about Take Notes."
For me being popular is when everyone in the Triangle that listens to rap or knows hip hop knows about me and there are people that don't know me yet. - Professor Toon
Watch the first video from Professor Toon's new album Take Notes the single "Who Gon'"
This year I've been blessed to perform at crowded shows and I love any chance I can get on the stage. - Professor Toon
Professor Toon's story is one to admire. He has taken a deeply rooted painful childhood and has become one of the most respected rappers in this state. Whenever I interview other artists from NC his name is always in the Top 5. Why because his pain has become his passion. Each of us can learn from this teaching tool Professor Toon is instructing. His verbiage of political reform, messages of hope, and opinions of a reconstructive movement have made his album a musical textbook. Just imagine if each person that experienced a similar background forced that pain into their passion how progressive our culture as Americans would be? One can wonder. Still, we can only be responsible for our own actions and I would like to say that the textbook of Take Notes will be an addition to my musical library.
Until next time ladies and gentleman this is The Lux Blog.- K. Knight