In the 1971 film classic “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”, the purveyor of a childhood dream hides golden tickets in candy bars. The lucky recipients not only receive a tour of the factory, but a lifetime supply of candy to boot. Really looking for someone to be the heir of the factory, Charlie soars with Wonka above the city in a fantasy world of delight. Encouraging his listeners to get “wonky-eyed”, Trevor the Trashman met a classmate Benny Nice years ago and starting creating rhymes as Philosopher Stone, then morphing into the Wiggidies Crew. With singles like “Sunshine” and “Get on the yacht”, they orchestrated tunes that evoked a smoothness, chill vibe, and love of the medicinal Ganja plant.
A year ago, Trevor released “The Classical Movement”, a recording that he felt paid tribute to early ‘90’s hip hop. Billed even by the New York Times as “The Golden Age” of the genre, acts like Wu Tang Clan, De La Soul, and A Tribe Called Quest ruled the era. More introspective and laden with samples from rock and even jazz, this time period in hop hop has been billed by many as the absolute best. With offerings like “Get It Crackin’”, “My Body is a Vessel”, and “Lost Girls”, he explored smooth backing vocals, jazzy
keys, and the desire to possess carnal knowledge. Later on his newest album, “Strangers” keys us in humorously to the notion that “It wasn’t the sound, the smell of the taste” that may have messed up a chance encounter. Before artists like Twista and Crucial Conflict took queue from West Coast influences, the Chicago hip hop sound was infused with jazz samples, and largely driven by East Coast inspiration.
Not really taking too much from the drill scene sound born on the South Side, Trashman’s lyrics were less about the thug culture and more about lust, imagination, and appreciation. After completing school in Chicago, he left for the Big Apple, where he has since released his “Embrace the Weird” EP. Billed by Act Live as “His strongest effort to date”, it has a variety of offerings like “Love you Down”, “Hazard to Your Booty”, and the wonderfully experimental throwback “Paradise”. Self produced with help from Milo and Modal
Soul, widespread love and acceptance of this effort fueled him to release another album early next year entitled “Hell Yeah I Want it All”.
In a rap game that is sometimes fueled by glamour ballers and the like, Trevor the Trashman brings an element of less boastful, celebratory of the everyday life vibe to the table. From the R & B influenced “If you” to the play on rhymes syncopation of “The one that got Away”, the video offerings from Trevor also provide a wide array of distinction and a perfected art in the tone of lightly teasing. Spending time in the studio lately with the likes of Nate Fox, Milo, and the Vamp, there are sure to be many good things up and coming soon from this Windy City native. As far as making a great creation, spoken from the sentiment of Willy Wonka himself: “Invention, my dear friends, is 93% perspiration, 6% electricity,
4% evaporation, and 2% butterscotch ripple.” Look for many delightful ripples to come from Trevor in the near future, a well skilled lyricist whose creations frankly resemble nothing close to trash, but more towards the realm of treasure.
Emerging rapper, producer and DJ, Trevor The Trashman is a multi-talented artist from Chicago whose EP "Embrace The Weird" introduces you to a lyrically impressive artist. Far from average, his all original style is influenced by a culture of weird.
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