Rayshawn Bedell is an artist introduced to the world via way of the south part of the Bronx in one of the world’s most famous cities, New York. Born and raised in the Bronx, music played a big part in his life while growing up as he flashes back:

“I recall being very young like five or six years old and my grandfather would always play music, and even then I always recalled how that music made me feel while listening to it. Cant anything really come close to the 70s and 80s that brand of music and the artist it produced for us to enjoy forever is just classic.”

Rayshawn says he grew up listening to the likes of Marvin Gaye, The Temptations, Luther Vandross and many more. It was not until he met his uncle-in-law that he found a love for hip hop saying:

“Yeah he got me into it, that Wu-Tang Clan, and Biggie Smalls and most of all Jay-Z.”

As a teen, he would float around working with many different small indie-labels and making many songs, but the music was not the only talent he had. In 2003 he was cast to a role in the motion film ELF starring Will Ferrell. When asked why he chose music over acting he said this:

“Acting feels like a job, like I was doing it just to do it and get paid, but the music was like life, I could go many days without seeing a movie but I can’t say the same for music.”

On this track, Rayshawn Bedell speaks to the causes and effects of the issues plaguing the black community from greed to crime to broken homes et al. You can obviously tell this is a guy that has been paying attention and taking mental notes such that he summarises it this way:

“My outlook on whats going on in the inner cities in art form.”

The song can also be streamed on Deezer and iTunes plus you can catch up with Rayshawn Bedell on Twitter.

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