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The RedLand – Tonight

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Born and raised in the Redlands of Oklahoma and Louisiana respectively, Kose and Earv were naturally inspired to call the music duo they would go on to form “The RedLand”. But once their individual forms of expression crossed paths and began to meld into a dynamic sound that they considered a “state of mind” and a “voice that brings people together,” The RedLand transcended the reference of simply being where they’re from to becoming an all-inclusive artistic movement. 

Earv and Kose, whose collective influences run the gamut from John Lennon and Bob Marley to The Fugees and OutKast (artists known for their culture-shifting musical contributions), met while matriculated at Morehouse college in Atlanta, GA.  Atlanta – which they’ve also adopted as part of their origins – and the Southern Hip Hop culture that defined it became fertile ground for the two, individually, to more deeply explore their musical talents. Then those talents collided. Through either happenstance or fate, it was discovered while in the midst of hanging out with mutual friends that Earv had an affinity for writing and Kose was a capable vocalist and producer. So, the pair decided to play around with creating music together. But what began as playful experimentation turned into production of a unique and compelling sound that deserved to be taken more seriously.

Defined as Hip Hop for practical purposes, Earv’s and Kose’s conscious lyrics and hybrid sound – which seamlessly incorporates the myriad genres they were exposed to growing up – began to take on a life of its own. They began hearing their music played by friends and strangers and seeing it gaining momentum on social networking sites without their intervention. That and the realization that Hip Hop as they saw it was stuck in one gear, hitting the same “I’m richer, can get drunker and can have more sex than you” note is when they began seeing their contribution to the art form as more of a responsibility than “having fun.” Things took off from there and The RedLand officially became a “Hip Hop movement born out of the soil,” representing those who desired to hear and be heard.
“We want the fans to feel they’re a part of this inclusive group and they have a say in our direction and the type of music we make,” they said. “We also try to look at ourselves honestly and really get that across to our audience. We don’t let the genre define us, we define our own music and we’re just ourselves. We feel like we have something to say, something to make an impact and we feel like it’s something that’s needed.

Kose

“Get Up Stand Up” one of my favorite Bob Marley songs. I often wonder how he did it. How did a singer from Jamaica take the words that were etched on his soul and inspire a world of people to make a change all while dancing to the music? We want to do the same thing. The Redland Wave is our blog that we use to have a conversation with our fans. This is a platform where we can all have a voice and connect with the world around us. I am proud to be an artist and I am grateful to have the opportunity to bring attention to the stories we think are important. I believe in the power of words and I believe when we all are in harmony we can do incredible things.
with talent comes responsibility

Earv

While most my peers had dreams of becoming doctors, firemen or sports stars, I always knew my purpose was to bring people together. I knew the occupation I chose was going to be a means to that end. Unbeknownst to me, my calling, my passion was actually right under my nose. Every night before bed I would immerse myself in a new cd, I was hooked on music. I was getting lectures from the worlds foremost gurus, Kurt Cobain, Tupac, John Lennon, Bob Marley, amongst others. I got to experience their influence, their different perspectives and their advice on how to live a fulfilling life. I knew that I had been blessed to be influenced by some many artist and I felt that I had a responsibility to be a voice for future generations of music fans.with talent comes responsibility