LYRICS: JACOB (FT. BRYAN SHORTELL)

Stop bullying! Kynn - Jacob (ft. Bryan Shortell) #nomorebullyshit
Stop bullying! Kynn - Jacob (ft. Bryan Shortell) #nomorebullyshit

Verse 1 – Kynn

Now Jacob’s all alone in the classroom, sitting in the back with his headphone,
Left home, early cause he didn’t wanna see ‘em / the boys of ninth grade cause they always wanna beat him / wonders why they treat him like he’s trash / steeling cash / kick his ass / cause all he wants to do is take a class and progress / damn / he walks a lonely road / cause he wants to kick back, but he knows he won’t / and at home they don’t even hear it / daddy was navy he won’t talk about his feelings / he’s dealing with emotions that he doesn’t wanna grow / inside he keeps on crying but he doesn’t wanna show / he’s looking at the clock on the wall / feeling small / twenty more minutes and they’re right across the hall / deep inside the mind he is a raising a voice / and the pressure builds  up without making a noise

Chorus – Bryan Shortell

Let me go, I can’t take the pain
Let me go, I think the walls are closing
Every day they keep on saying man that I don’t mean shit
Let me go, before it’s my time to leave

Verse 2 – Kynn

And time’s ticking away / getting ready for lunch break, and try to be brave /
While he’s leaving class / he fears what’s next / will they meet him at the school yard and beat his ass / Or will they catch him at the park after school when it’s dark? / Last time they appeared and ripped his jeans apart / Now, seems where ever he goes / they will always seem to hunt him down, damn it he knows / he’s got to stand up like a man / can a man be scared? / He don’t know / cause his folks / left him unprepared / for the world today / the hurt and pain / that is blowing through his chest like a hurricane / And god damn / he’s falling down to the ground / they approached from the back without making a sound / He’s getting up / had enough / it ‘ll stop / grabbed a pen / stabbed a boy in the neck / no way back

Chorus – Bryan Shortell

Let me go, I can’t take the pain
Let me go, I think the walls are closing
Every day they keep on saying man that I don’t mean shit
Let me go, before it’s my time to leave

Bridge – Bryan Shortell

Before it’s my time to leave
Before it’s my time to leave
Before it’s my time to leave
Before it’s my time to leave

Chorus – Bryan Shortell

Let me go, I can’t take the pain
Let me go, I think the walls are closing
Every day they keep on saying man that I don’t mean shit
Let me go, before it’s my time to leave

Outro – Bryan Shortell

Before it’s my time to leave
Before it’s my time to leave
Before it’s my time to leave
Before it’s my time to leave

My first solo album: Follow me on my journey and find out how I created my new rap album

If you think making your first solo album is going to be easy, think again. It takes a lot of hard work, long hours and determination. But it’s not all a tough grind, if you’re living your passion then every moment is exhilarating, even if there are challenges along the way.

Due for release in May 2019, my new rap album and first solo album, "Road to Carnegie Hall has been a labour of love. The hard work started well before the idea of a solo album crossed my mind. I’ve always been inquisitive and keen to learn new things, letting my curiosity get the better of me. But all of the skills that I’ve developed and the knowledge I’ve gained from a young age, have contributed to this once in a lifetime experience.

At around age 12, I was to drawn to hip-hop music and started creating my own beats, and as I grew older, I was not only passionate about rap but I was drawn to many subjects that I could use as creative outlets. Marketing, website development, graphic design and videography have all added to my depth and range as a professional, giving me the skills I needed to take this journey.

Having varied musical influences as I was growing up like rap artists Eminem, DMX, Nas, Wu-Tang Clan as well as Linkin Park, Muse and The Prodigy helped shape my hip-hop style, leading me to create melodic rap music that conveys personal messages from my past, present and future.

As my passion for hip-hop music and other creative subjects grew, I started building a network of colleagues and friends in these industries, many of whom are extremely talented at what they do; artistic minds, visionaries and pioneers.

My new rap album wasn’t planned, my path led me to a place where it was intuitive and developed into something more than just a single hip-hop song.

How did I create my new rap album?

Well the answer is that I was resourceful, opportunistic and creative; my budget may have been limited but my ideas weren’t. I soon realised that making a new rap album isn’t just about the music, I had to think about everything from branding and digital marketing to music videos and so much more; each piece of the puzzle had multiple parts to it. From recording rap vocals in a simple bedroom type studio setting to designing my own website, I used every resource I had and I knew that the sky was the limit.

I started producing the tracks on the album; I have never had a formula for this so I just started with an element that felt right. It could be a drum beat, an 808, a string pad or whatever I felt was a good base for the track I was working on. My process has always been instinctive, once I started feeling the vibe, I would create the vocal melodies and lyrics. While I have an ear for music, I can’t play any musical instruments, so to complete my new rap songs and fill in the gaps, I reached out to musicians that I thought could add melody to my music; some I gave direction to whilst others created their own tunes and the result was almost always amazing.

While I have some knowledge of mixing and mastering, I soon realised that I wasn’t necessarily the best person for the job, so I partnered with Bryan Shortell, from the New York based band Northern Faces, who I had previously worked with. His work was professional, high quality and exactly what I needed for my new rap album; working with him on this project was one of the best choices I made.

Besides all of the fun I had creating the music with so many talented people, this project helped me expand my network that now includes people from around the globe; it helped me to develop the skills I needed to know how and where to find the right people.

I was fortunate enough to have one of the most creative and innovative graphic designers in the Netherlands as an ex brother-in-law, Gryzz Lee Design. He works with some of the biggest record labels in the country creating unique artwork; having him on this project was a dream come true.

I understood how important it would be to combine my hip-hop music with striking visual content. I enrolled Nathanaël Lumoindong to the task of creating my photographic content. I really loved his street photography style and knew that his work was in line with the vision for my new rap album.

Something that I knew I could do was create a one of a kind website; it would be one of the many ways that I would communicate with my audience. I created a WordPress website and added the visuals that Nathanaël has taken, together with New York photo's made by Atze Oosterhof to make it look distinctive. Although creating lyrics comes naturally to me, writing website content is not my strength so I reached out to my global network and enrolled Louise Reynolds, an Australian content creator, to write all of my website content including my bio.

My advice for you:

Go for it! Whether you’ve been thinking about it for a while or you’ve just come up with the idea, there’s no better time than now. Use your imagination to come up with creative solutions to solve your problems. Creating hip-hop music and a new rap album was the best thing I ever did; your dream could become a reality. Visualise the bigger picture and then come up with a plan. The internet has endless online tools that will help you make that vision become a reality. Don’t be afraid to ask for help, reach out to your networks and engage with talented creatives.

Watch the first official video: Kynn - Jacob (ft. Bryan Shortell)

Musique Magazine: Interview with Dutch Rapper Kynn

Are you the best at what you do in your opinion?

No. Well, it depends on how you look at it. I consider myself to be a generalist more than a specialist. I do a lot of things myself. I do my own marketing and branding (with help from specialists of course), design most of my artwork, has created and will update my own website, produce and write my own music, do my own casting, write my own strategies and create my own videos. In all of these categories, I wouldn’t consider myself the best, but as a generalist, I think I am pretty good at what I do.

Read the full interview on Musique Magazine

Stop Bullying! Video release: Jacob (ft. Bryan Shortell)

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In this anti-bullying video “Jacob” by Kynn and Bryan Shortell are taking a stand against these often very cruel deeds. The story is about a boy at school getting bullied. He’s leaving home early every single morning to be there before his bullies. After a long time of being a victim to this, he finally snaps due to the fact that they won't stop bullying him. This results in Jacob stabbing one of his bullies with a pen that has fallen from his backpack.

The video is meant to portrait a real live situation that unfortunately isn’t rare. Bullying is something that is still happening way too often. The main goal is to have it’s viewers connect to the topic and feel a certain empathy for people falling victim to it. Together we can make a stand in order to stop bullying!

Watch the video below: