MisterClassics Perspective on Ain't Nobody Real No More
My name is Otis B. McDowell, also known as MisterClassics. I am an Artist, Producer, Composer, Engineer, and Indie Music Entrepreneur from Atlanta, Georgia. His fascination with music evolved from his Grandmother who would sing to him the "Take me out to the BallGame" song as a child. His Parents who were music lovers collected a massive collection of vinyl's from the 50's to the 80's era of Blues, Motown Sound, Jazz, and R&B and Soul, His Sister exposed him to what is now classified as Golden Hip-Hop. He has played in a Hip-Hop style drum band who cadenced rap beats, played upright Bass in strings, and Tuba in Concert and Marching band. His mother bought him a Casio SK-1 sampling keyboard when he was 13. He recently added playing Bass Guitar and DJ Battle Scratch into his productions This led to him evolving into a producer composing bass-heavy Southern/Hip-Hop type songs (Made to beat in the trunks of old school cars all over the World!!!) with percussive drums, cadence snares, heavy kicks, samples, synths and pianos selections, catchy hook writing, and smooth rhythmic flowing style of rap patterns. He identifies his music style as Southern Hip-Hop, which is a combination of the sounds of Classic Southern Rap, and Golden era Hip Hop. Some times he may produce music with an orchestral feel, there may be some contemporary rock, a fanfare, some R&B, and even some jazz may come to surface. MisterClassics rap style is similar to such rap artists such as Scarface, Tupac, Notorious BIG, Pimp C, Bun-B, Slim Thug,Trae the Truth, and Z-Ro.
I remember my Mom threw a party one time for some of her friends at our house when I was a child. This was some time around 1979' or 1980 even though the get together was for the grown ups she didn't make me go to my room my mom was a music lover so i got exposed to all kinds of 70's era soul and r&B music
When was in the third grade, my school organized a program to get us kid inspired to prepare to take an upcoming curriculum test called ITBS, and they held a show for it, and if any of us wanted to perform we could. I decided to perform a rap. I wrote my own verse. My style was mimicked of the classic Hip-Hop Song "MyPosse on broadway "
Southern Rap Music, Classic Hip-Hop, R&B. and Neo Soul
I went from just beat making, to a recording and mastering engineer, incorprating live instruments. I started playing bass guitar, adding live basslines in my recordings, I finally learned how to sample and chop my music and my vocals, and just recently purchased me a portable turntable. Now Dj battle scratching is included into my creative process. I produce music based more off of feel now, so my music has more of a groove to it versus when I produced on pattern when I first started. I know how to make my beats jump out at you while my music stays majestic and moves around.
By saying my music sounds similar to a well known artist they may know about
Pimp C, Tupac, and Notorious Big because i like their stories and they all have the most unique rap patterns.
TV shows , and cartoon themes 80' and 90's era
By bringing back the content and style of 80's and 90's era classic Hip- Hop
In Texas, this was in 1999 i was on the expressway riding headed to California and listening to the radio, and that was the first time i had ever heard Jay-Z's Hard Knock life, then when i got back to Atlanta for the first time i heard the Lox Ride or Die Chick and then i heard Dr. Dre's F**k You ft. devin the dude and Snoop Dogg
First the Groove of the music, because I produce new music based off of feel, It doesnt matter whether I start with and idea from music with a drum or an instrument if what i'm playing makes me rock left to right when im playing it, then I believe its going to make the listener do the same there's a saying that "There's power in simplicity". So I put in my productions what only needs to be there in order to make room for my composition to take center stage. I don't hide my lyrics behind my music I want the listener to hear and understand exactly what I'm saying . When it comes to lyrics I will not record a song until I know the lyrics by hard I don't recite from notepads, that way i can give a strong delivery, be passionate, majestic, and impactful with pronouncing every single word I say. if every word i say means something to me, then every word i say to my fans and listeners is going to mean something to them
To establish myself as an solidified artist, producer an businesman who can make great records and sell them as well and master my craft in all of these areas
Through my social media platforms like Spotify, SoundCloud (which have become two of my most favorite) Instagram, Tiktok, Facebook, and Pinterest
by helping to change the course of how life can go. Now that can be a good course or, a bad course it all depends the motive of the artist
Yes, I rehearse everthing I do now. I went from just rehearsing my raps making beat and recording, to rehearsing production, mixing, mastering, lyrics, live instruments, battle sratching, whatever it is, and will not consider a song ready to record until it has been thouroughly revised.