|Soul makes Sangre Grande ‘Awaken’ |
By STEPHON NICHOLAS Saturday, October 20 2012
Hip hop fans in Sangre Grande were buzzing with excitement recently with the dropping of a mixtape by the highly rated Quincy Alexander aka “Soul.”
The mixtape, entitled The Awakening, is Alexander’s first album and was recorded by Jovan Barkley of Triniblendz Productions in Sangre Grande.
Soul, who hails from Toco, revealed that he is very satisfied with what he has put together for hip hop fans.
“I’m very satisfied because sometimes we were working (at) 2 am in the morning and I have to wake up (at) 7am but I now leaving the studio. We put in real work and I appreciate the dedication ‘Nuts’ (Barkley) put in the project too because I know he was feeling it and I will always remember that,” he declared.
The Awakening which features 22 tracks, generated a lot of hype among aspiring rappers in the area who came out in their numbers to show their support.
In true traditional hip hop style, the mixtape was “dropped” on the streets in the heart of Sangre Grande opposite Royal Castle and attracted a lot of excitement.
With so many rappers in attendance, there was bound to be some freestyling which was taped and can be viewed on Youtube by searching “The Awakening Mixtape Release Part 1”.
Alexander, who started rapping as a teenager was highly encouraged by the turnout and is now hoping to book some gigs so people can start hearing him live.
The 25-year-old, who has already recorded close to 80 songs, explained he chose The Awakening as the title as it signifies his finally bringing his craft as a “gift” to the world.
“I’ve been around for a long time. I’m doing this over ten years now but I’ve been on the low. ‘The Awakening’ is just me coming out into the open and showing the world what I have to offer. That’s why on the mixtape cover you will see me cracking out of stone,” he said.
Alexander revealed that he is not too pleased with the quality of the material being put forward locally and is hoping his music creates a big impact and inspires more young people to work towards their dreams.
“I don’t want to disrespect nobody but from what I was hearing coming out of Trinidad, to me it could have been better and I felt I could make it better,” he stated frankly.
Soul, although proud of each track on the album, identified “Lifeline” as his favourite as it epitomises what his life is about and also sends out a positive message.
“I stay away from lying about driving around in big cars because I don’t have any big cars or any set of money so I will just keep it real and talk about what’s really going on. My favourite track would be ‘Lifeline’. That’s a storyline track and within the track there is a message to the youths. I’m not really preaching but if you listen to the story carefully you will understand that the decisions you make will lead to where you end up in the future so try and make the best decisions you could make,” he pointed out.
Asked who is his favourite rapper, Alexander was not hesitant to declare the late great Tupac Shakur as his idol.
“He’s as real as it gets when it comes to music and rap. Once you hear him rap, you know it comes from the soul and I named myself Soul because I want to come from the soul too. That’s why Tupac will always be my number one rapper,” he explained.