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Still a Minor?

by Grance Taff

Produced entirely on old/broken iPhones, second-generation iPod Touches and a Nintendo 3DS, the debut album by CA-based saxophonist Grance Taff (Khalil Williams) showcases over 5 years of musical innovation with limited access to recording technology.
Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap: Instrumental Hip-Hop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Sadly Sailing Away
2:54 $0.99
2. Tenorstratus Dusk
2:34 $0.99
3. Lay Down, Slow
1:12 $0.99
4. Take to the Future
4:36 $0.99
5. That Vibe
8:41 $0.99
6. Hades, The God of Trap
1:31 $0.99
7. My Sentimental Nature
2:21 $0.99
8. Cruise in Altitude
1:34 $0.99
9. Virgo Gang
2:32 $0.99
10. Trapped Ina Sarcophagus
1:44 $0.99
11. Fucking Headaches
7:36 $0.99
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Album Notes
Grance Taff (born Khalil Lejon Williams) grew up in the San Joaquin Valley, California playing saxophone, drums and keys from a young age, and largely in his church. Khalil began writing music around the age of 14, but given his lack of access to high-end recording gear, he began experimenting with the means he had available: hand-me-down iPhones and iPod Touches with first Music On: Drums (Nintendo 3DS), then Frooty Loops Studio. He found his sound on saxophone in 5th grade and began developing it. 6 years later, Khalil was introduced to Berklee College of Music's Five-Week Program, at which he fell in love with the school and committed two years after (taking one year to graduate high school and another to attend community college to build up credits). He is currently producing and recording his own music. "Still a Minor?" is his first official album release under the pseudonym Grance Taff (say it three times fast!). The songs are all produced by and feature him on saxophone. The album's title synthesizes Khalil's personal evaluation of his behavior.

"Sadly Sailing Away" is meant to invoke a movie scene in which a main character has just been slain in a battle, and the rest of the characters are forced to sail away and leave them behind.

"Tenorstratus Dusk" came from a play-on-words of the Altostratus cloud, as Khalil features on tenor throughout the song. Imagine a vivid sunset: hundreds of small clouds that appear to crash as waves above you, as purples and reds fly through the sky.

"Lay Down, Slow" is a sensual song meant for all purposes. ;)

"Take to the Future" is a lo-fi saxophone feature depicting Khalil's semi-lucid dreams of the future.

"That Vibe" is aptly named for the euphoric feeling it gives you from the second you hit play.

"My Sentimental Nature" showcases Khalil's smooth-sailing solo style over a laid-back, emotional chord progression.

"Cruise in Altitude" is a perfect song to listen to while looking out the window on an airplane. You should be able to see the clouds below you, the mountains below them, and the horizon extending infinitely into the distance.

"Hades, the God of Trap" was initially recorded on a broken iPod that won't connect to WiFi or Bluetooth, so the only way to even listen to it was to play it off the phone! Khalil ended up recording it through speakers, contributing to the lo-fi sound and adding an extra vocal element.

"Virgo Gang" went through at least 3 rappers before the song came together and the theme stuck. The sample is from a Berleezy video in which he SHREDS Dora the Explorer.

"Trapped Ina Sarcophagus" was originally recorded on an alto saxophone, but the clarinet was much more fitting for the Egyptian progression the song showcases.

"FUCKING HEADACHES" features Khalil on drums, saxophone, melodica and percussion. The name seemed oddly fitting, given Khalil's habit of referring to difficult things as "fucking headaches."



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