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Starving Artist

by Eugene IV

Hip-hop, soul, and conscious commentary fused into one eclectic, collective sound.
Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap: Hip Hop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Declaration
1:07 $0.99
2. Bloodshed
3:11 $0.99
3. Dear MC
3:41 $0.99
4. One Too
4:02 $0.99
5. Changes
4:20 $0.99
6. Voices
4:54 $0.99
7. Mama was a Freedom Rider
4:54 $0.99
8. No Mo'
3:16 $0.99
9. Get It
3:54 $0.99
10. Write On
4:04 $0.99
11. 4-ever Crew
4:37 $0.99
12. The Brink
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Album Notes
Eugene IV, born and raised in southwest Atlanta, is a multi-talented vocalist, musician, songwriter, actor, and educator. He began playing sax at age 9 and has been writing rhymes since elementary school. Eugene IV has played with bands for the National Black Arts Festival, Auburn Street Festival, Funk Jazz Kafé, and even the Atlanta-Montreaux Music Festival.
Eugene IV is a former member of the hip-hop duo not-r-selz, who often performed with Gotee recording artists GRITS and collaborated with Shawn J. Period (producer of songs for Mos Def, Beastie Boys, & the Lyricist Lounge compilation). The group had songs in heavy rotation on
Spiritual Vibe {Atlanta’s Hot 97 (now Hot 107)}; and was featured on numerous albums, including several underground hip-hop compilations.
Eugene IV began acting at Tennessee State University, where he earned a B.S. degree in Biology. About a year after graduation, he canceled plans for grad school to pursue his passion for the arts full-time. Since then, he has performed in countless professional theatre productions (A Raisin in the Sun, Fences, Ain’t Misbehavin’, etc.), commercials/industrials (Doctor’s Hospital, Walt Disney Tribute to Eartha Kitt, etc.) and on television (Mama Flora’s Family, Trumpet Awards, etc.).
Eugene IV regularly works as a substitute teacher in schools throughout Atlanta. He feels equally accountable to both his students and other potential audiences.
“I feel a responsibility to positively affect the lives of the listeners,” says Eugene IV about his current project, Starving Artist. Starving Artist is his debut solo album and was chosen as the 1st to be released by the internationally acclaimed Youth Ensemble of Atlanta, of which he is an alumnus. Starving Artist has been described as a soulful hip-hop album combining the musicality of jazz and soul with the rhythms of Hip-Hop and the words of a poet. “My musical inspirations run the gamut from Public Enemy and De La Soul to Earth, Wind & Fire and Wayne Shorter,” says Eugene IV.
Starving Artist features a special appearance from Arrested Development’s Baba Oje. The twelve original tracks also include a powerhouse of musical talent from the vocal stylings of Julie Dexter (“Mama was a Freedom Rider”) to Atlanta-based musicians Takana Miyamoto, Khari Cabral Simmons (bassist for India.Arie) and MC Divinity. Starving Artist was engineered by Alex Lowe who has also worked with OutKast, Sunny Emory and many others.
Starving Artist is a powerful combination of explosive music and powerfully positive messages of empowerment, responsibility and redemption. “I know, and have known since well before adulthood, that I've been called to make music that cries for social change. As the child of parents who were directly involved in the Civil Rights Movement, I feel it’s in my blood to, at the very least, speak out against injustice.”



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Chandra Story

This CD is awesome! It is exactly what our youth need today. And the music is ex
This CD is a breath of fresh air! Excellent music, inspirational lyrics. This is what music was intended to be.


Conscious Hip-Hop-Soul
I wish that the media moguls who control the modern day rap music industry would stop and take a few moments out of their busy day of de-constructing the minds of our children and take a listen to the album "Starving Artist"
by Eugene IV. Maybe, just maybe if they would do that they would see the error of their ways and start taking corrective action to make Amerikkka a better place? As unlikely as that scenario is that is the world that you should be prepared to enter when listening to this album. "Starving Artist" is an album that belongs in another time and place. As you can tell from song titles such as: "Declaration", "Bloodshed", "Changes", "Voices", "Mama was a Freedom Rider", "Write On" this album is on a serious tip, far removed from the world of bling, drive by shootings, drug dealing, etc. Eugene doesn't avoid these issues, instead he discusses the need to move beyond them and he does so in an articulate fashion. And unlike many other so called "conscious rappers" manages to not utter a single profanity during the entire 45 min of this album. Should you buy this album? Of course you should. In fact buy two copies and give the second copy to a younger person whose future you care about!

Sheila Allen

This is one of the best cds I have purchased since Whats Going On...Marvin gaye.....This artist is so talented its so cool to hear him sing and play sav....All I can say is WOW!!!!

Suzanne - Australia

Astound yourself into Eugene IVs world. His vocals are an urban combination of rap and soulful hip hop. His backup singers are jazzy, soulful and sweet. Lyrically this album is vigorous, true & speaks freely upon lifes issues, responsibilities and deliverance. An upbeat range of drumming, tasteful guitar rhymes; bassie bass tunes and piano gives you a funky experience. Yet a range of sax and trumpet sounds give it a jazzy- blues feel. Mixed together in an album of style, I can definitely say Eugene IVs knows how to talk the TALK and walk the WALK! This album has the right ammunition... RIGHT ON IT Eugene IV.






Groovy compositions with the soul in mind.
Expect a smooth audible ride for your listening pleasure from start to finish when you pop in the Starving Artist project.This is a cd that can be played on any day of the week as both young and old can be able to relate due to the clarity in which Eugene IV utilizes razor sharp poetics by word delivery over live instrumentation backed by an ensemble of talented musicians and singers alike including Eugene IV himself who plays the sax and assist in directing the arrangements also throughout this project.Groovy compositions with the soul in mind.Quality stuff indeed!Cop it and enjoy the vibes.