Lyrics: Overseas Conection (ft. Frannie EL, Zenyth & BRMS)

Kynn:

Today’s world is limitless, we’ll go beyond
Every border, exploring this little world we’re on
Keep making moves, the world improves if you do
Let’s put a smile on that face, don’t let them fool you

And every day you, can pick lane to
walk on and let this planet amaze you
I will embrace every move that I make
And every step that feels wrong is a lesson to take

Close with you, signs of scar tissue
That makes you more aware and you’ll know what shoe fits you
No matter where you go, you’ll be leaving a track
Over land, overseas, but were here to connect, now that’s fact

Frannie EL

And just like a bird in the sky
I Spread my wings and I fly
The whole world is like my play ground
We make overseas connection

Just like a bird in the sky
Spread my wings and I fly
The whole world is like my play ground
We make overseas connection

Zenyth:

I can feel Di connection
Spiritual mentally every section
Cause we all are one we ah human being
it nuh matter race or complexion (yea yea!!)

We transport information to each an every nation
Progressing creation, it’s just like a magical divine vibration
Connecting geographical location
Ah One god one aim one destiny

Together we shall rise
An if we all unite I know DAT we can reach me heights
Yeah!!!

Frannie EL

And just like a bird in the sky
I Spread my wings and I fly
The whole world is like my play ground
We make overseas connection

Just like a bird in the sky
Spread my wings and I fly
The whole world is like my play ground
We make overseas connection

BRMS:

Citoyen du monde, habitant du globe.
Un sourire en guise d’identité loin du glocke
Loin des adversités qui nous bloquent
Mes rimes répandent le vivre ensemble pour marquer toute une époque

Nguura taw né ndenti
Boné ala djoomum waddé éden ndeenti
Ada andi miine e ma sene ndenti  tann ne feewa wadde addou djoungo sada pari woto djab broad

Frannie EL

And just like a bird in the sky
I Spread my wings and I fly
The whole world is like my play ground
We make overseas connection

Just like a bird in the sky
Spread my wings and I fly
The whole world is like my play ground
We make overseas connection

Jacob: Highlighting the issue of bullying through rap music

My recently released single, Jacob (ft. Bryan Shortell) is the first single of my upcoming rap album, Road to Carnegie Hall. The album takes listeners on a journey through seven emotions, including anger, which the song Jacob represents.

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

Jacob conveys a powerful anti-bullying message about the emotional effects that bullying can have on today’s youth. Having witnessed the negative effects myself as a young man, I wanted to take a stand against bullying through my rap music. The song Jacob highlights the issue that is still so prevalent in today’s society, so I wanted to use my music as a platform to stop bullying.

The story is about a boy who’s getting bullied at school. He leaves home early every morning to get to school before his bullies, and avoid their emotional and physical attacks. The consistent bullying gets too much for the boy, who eventually snaps; Jacob stabs one of the bullies with a pen that has fallen from his backpack.

The video is a real-life portrayal of a situation that unfortunately isn’t rare in today’s society. The aim of the message is to have the audience connect with the topic and feel a certain empathy for those that fall victim to it.

Developing the concept behind Jacob

I always write about things that I think are important; things that I hope can contribute something positive to communities or individuals. I want my audience to reflect on important issues while enjoying my rap music.

So...I needed a topic for the emotion “anger” as part of the new album, so I thought about: What would make me angry? What makes others angry? The answer was pretty obvious, and so the concept for Jacob was born.

Connecting with Bryan Shortell (Northern Faces, NYC) 

Collaboration is so much stronger than competition, and that’s why I knew that collaborating with Bryan Shortell for Jacob, would produce amazing results. Bryan, a New York based singer from the band Northern Faces, was working as the sound engineer for my new rap album when I heard his music.

Once I heard his music, I instantly knew that we should work together on a collaboration; we connected on a personal as well as a musical level. He sent me some guitar loops, and I played around producing it; it eventually became the beat for Jacob.

I hired a bass player and drummer and then I started writing. Lyrics like: “He wants to kick back but he knows he won’t.” came easily to me.  I wanted to communicate the challenges that victims of bullying experience, as well as let the victims know that they aren’t alone; I wanted Jacob to represent anti-bullying around the globe.

Making the music video

The music video for Jacob was filmed in New York as well as in the Netherlands. I wrote the screenplay, as well as directed and edited the video; it all came together perfectly after lots of hard work and long hours. Having the opportunity to work with so many talented, creative individuals has been a career highlight for me.

New York City

Atze Oosterhof, my cameraman, travelled with me from the Netherlands to New York City, and Bryan travelled down from Albany. Having the opportunity to travel to New York, and meet up with Bryan was a once in a lifetime experience. New York is such a vibrant, gritty city, and was the perfect setting for Jacob. We filmed the majority of the footage beneath the Brooklyn Bridge with a view of the Manhattan skyline as the back drop.

The Netherlands

The rest of the footage was shot in The Hague at The Hague University. Gavin Delusong, a talented actor with a diverse showreel, was cast for the main role as Jacob. His ability to express the emotions that Jacob felt was second to none. The three bullies were played by the very talented actors Alexander van Reeken, Miles Bugdayci and Ivan Legroeney.

The teacher was portrayed by a friend of mine, Roel Kleine, while the extras were sourced locally through the university and via social media.  

On the day of shooting, I was lucky enough to have help from Sebastiaan the Roos, Roel Klein and Brian van der Werf. As well as from Gryzz Lee from Gryzzlee design, my graphic designer who created the cover of the single and album.

What’s next?

My second single, Overseas Connection, is due for release on the 24th of May. It’s a song about how music can connect people. It’s a funky and joyful collaboration with Frannie EL (a singer from Nigeria), BRMS (a rapper from Mauritania), Zenyth (a reggae artist from Jamaica) and background vocals provided by Tehillah Henry (a female singer from England). It’s a story about different cultures coming together and spreading the positive message of how music can connect people, regardless of where they come from; music is a common bond that blurs cultural lines.

Check out the music video for Jacob or listen to it on rotation via streaming or download on Spotify, Deezer, Apple Music, iTunes, Tidal and more. Don’t forget to subscribe to my YouTube channel, Kynn Music, so you don’t miss out on all of my new rap music; my new rap album Road to Carnegie is due to drop soon!

Check out how I created my new rap album on a shoe string budget in the blog article "My first solo album: Follow me on my journey and find out how I created my new rap album" .

Let’s stand together to stop bullying! To show your support for Kynn and Bryan’s message of anti-bullying, use the hashtag #nomorebullyshit.


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: