Austin, TX Hip Hop artist and audio engineer BlackLight has set his sights on a hefty goal: climbing the charts without the help of a major label. With intellectual lyrics, infectious beats and meticulous production, BlackLight is dedicated to his art. “I’m a lyricist. I give voice to unspoken struggles, I tell stories and I have fun,” says the emcee. After two and a half years of producing for local and national names at Matchbox Studios and The Recording Conservatory of Austin, it is time to focus on his own art.
This summer, BlackLight released Wolfhound- a collaboration Trap-feel album that he produced, featuring Fabe the Invincible and Ca$$inova. His next endeavor: hit the studio hard for the production of his debut solo album, Legacy. “Music is what I love, and it’s the legacy I’ll leave for future generations,” he says.
BlackLight uses music as a medium through which knowledge and empowerment can be transferred to his audience. A military veteran, business owner and family man, he is known for his political prose and lyrical content. BlackLight’s upcoming album is an amalgamation of these experiences, and represents his evolving art as a lyricist. Artists such as The Roots, KRS1, Lupe Fiasco and Andre 3000 inspire BlackLights style of music, which can best be described as Alternative Hip Hop.
Tracks such as “Look Round,” “To the Top,” and “Colder” are receiving radio play from local stations as well as online platforms, and BlackLight continues to interview and promote his brand. His first single, “Colder,” was a semi-finalist in the 2017 Unsigned Only music competition. “Next year I’m going to make it further,” says BlackLight. “I’m entering as many competitions as I can. Ask me again this time next year, and I’ll have even more to show you.”
BlackLight continues to perform in Texas, and hopes to begin expanding his reach outside of the state by next year. “I want to continue to build my fanbase… I want to keep that momentum going,” he says. “I’ve got my eye on South by Southwest 2018, and maybe even a tour. I won’t fail.”
You can support BlackLight’s goal by listening to his music, following and giving feedback on Soundcloud. Connect with BlackLight on social media and follow his journey.