Written by Ryan Lyons
The recurring theme in most art is love; trying to find it, how to make it last, or if it’s real. I can’t quite count on my hands the times where a song has given me the nostalgia of a romance although when that one song hits you, you already know the deal. Musiq Soulchild’s “Love”, Frank Ocean’s “Thinking Bout You”, Gary Clarke Jr’s “Things Are Changing”, and Bobby Womack’s “Please Forgive My Heart” all seem to come to mind. Recently, the most potent song in my playlist is Marco Mckinninis’s “My Own”.
“I’m on my own pace, doing my own thing.” - Marco McKinnis, “My Own”
I got stuck somewhere in between the old school 808’s and cowbells knocking behind an impressive new voice. The temeperment of Marco’s tone, subject matter, and production were enought to send me on a quest for some 20-year old Outkast song. All of it translates to how well this young man wears his influences, resulting in something that’s cool for both the old timers and the young bucks.
I’m not sure if Marco Mckinnis meant for “My Own” to be an anthem when he wrote it, but the song’s appeal latches beyond the description of a relationship gone awry. Perhaps you’re in your own groove finding your career, or you’ve removed yourself from a toxic relationship. Listening to a little bit of Marco Mckinnis might prove to be therapeutic.
"All of it translates to how well this young man wears his influences, resulting in something that’s cool for both the old timers and the young bucks." - Ryan Lyons
There’s a systematic difference in the Soul Food that Goodie Mob referenced on their first LP and what we hear on the radio. Most songs we remember, and then forget unlike the meal that your mother may have taken all Sunday to prepare and all week to think about. And like the Sunday service before that meal, maybe we’ve forgotten how cool it feels to have someone say “me too”.
While you’re reading that favorite book you assigned yourself this summer, maybe you’ll take a break and listen to this Virginia native who’s been cooking up some rare soul food for our ears. His attentiveness to tone, lyrics, and delivery had me eager to dig into his catalog. It’s not every day that amongst the countless stream of songs that are dropped via Soundcloud, we come across such a distinct, exclusive, chilled out sound. Some of it's seemingly unfinished songs, like “Love?”, a two minute croon where he questions the validity of his feelings. My second favorite “Beautiful Demo” exists as a lullaby to the finest sista that’s passed through your peripheral and “Clouds” where he describes just how high up he has been.
He spoke in a recent interview about opening for Luke James at SOB’s and via social media he’s alluded to more music coming soon once he graduates from high school. Until then, I’m holding my breath.