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[Premiere] New single “Weekend Warriors” by MC & The Visions and the trailer for upcoming album OREO

Photo by Jesse Wiles
MC & The Visions. Photo by Jesse Wiles
MC & The Visions is back! Today we get the first single off of his upcoming album OREO, which is set to drop later this fall. The single, titled “Weekend Warriors,” gives listeners some insight as to what the album will be like, in terms of content, vibe and message.

A light, mellow production offers a nice contrast to the serious nature of what MC sings about in “Weekend Warriors.” He says, “the song is mostly about how unthankful our generation has become, like people are so invested in looks, appearances and false causes. They’re not even thankful for the fact that they have a roof over their head. I remember growing up in high school, people tried to be something they weren’t all the time, a “weekend warrior,” acting differently to impress people.” A sound that’s reminiscent of Frank Ocean and the ability to sing, with ease, about sensitive contemporary issues, primarily race, from a point of view that you don’t hear from much in music, the black middle class, makes for a very interesting sound. His album OREO will be his first full length project to date and I’m incredibly excited to get to hear it. The album will also feature a lot of video work to give listeners a more complete experience. You can check out the official trailer and song below.

Regarding the album MC stated,“OREO” is an exploration of growing up black in the middle class and how that affected me and others. You’re not around black Americans as much so it kind of changes your point of view of things. I struggled to reconcile my ethnicity for a long time and this is kind of an airing out of all that. I want all the kids who’ve experienced similar things to realize their not alone and I want people on the outside to recognize the errors of preconceptions and stuff like that.”

written by Jesse Wiles

Premiere: MC’s “Sans 1995” Video & Welcome Him as the Newest Artist to Join the SW Team!

Photo by Jesse Wiles
Photo by Jesse Wiles

A few weeks after releasing his debut single, “Sans 1995,” MC is back with a video to accompany the song, and it’s dope. The start of the video finds MC singing quietly in an arcade while the camera follows two girls around. Old movie clips come in randomly during the video that fit in perfectly with the overall theme. Before the Pulp Fiction clip begins MC can be seen walking through a plant-filled conservatory with a girl at his side, before she turns and walks away, leaving him alone. This isn’t just a music video, in MC’s words it’s a “visual interpretation.”

Despite the somber tone and vintage visuals, the video, and song, leave you feeling refreshed and wanting more. Still very young and without much work to his name, MC seems to have found an identity and sound that fits himself very well. Something that’s tough for a lot of artists to find. This isn’t the music that you’re going to “turn up” to, this isn’t for the radio, or for World Star, or for Vine. It’s something better, it’s honest and raw and full of something for everyone.

Watch the video below and share it with your friends.

MC is also now a member of our Smooth Waves Artist Team. An interview with him will be out soon!

Written by Jesse Wiles

Photo Recap: Smooth Waves in Kentucky with Markus Cook & Jack Larsen

Bleacher report. Photo by Jesse Wiles
Bleacher report. Photo by Jesse Wiles

This weekend I got the chance to link up with Markus Cook and Jack Larsen. Cook is from Cincinatti and has recently started putting out his own music, both songs premiered through Smooth Waves. Jack has been releasing music for a little while longer. The Chicago native was featured on the song “27” by Kevin Abstract on his debut album MTV1987. The two are currently working on a track together that will be premiered through Smooth Waves some time soon and Markus is working on the music video for his song “Sans1995.” Enjoy the photos below and listen to some of Jack and Markus’ music while you scroll.

Black and White. Photo by Jesse Wiles
Black and White. Photo by Jesse Wiles
Muggin. Photo by Jesse Wiles.
Muggin. Photo by Jesse Wiles.
Candid. Photo by Jesse Wiles
Candid. Photo by Jesse Wiles
Look out. Photo by Jesse Wiles
Look out. Photo by Jesse Wiles
RIP YAMS. Photo by Jesse Wiles.
RIP YAMS. Photo by Jesse Wiles.
Posted. Photo by Jesse Wiles
Posted. Photo by Jesse Wiles
Princess Arch. Photo by Jesse Wiles
Princess Arch. Photo by Jesse Wiles
Willy Wonka jacket. Photo by Jesse Wiles
Willy Wonka jacket. Photo by Jesse Wiles
Records. Photo by Jesse Wiles
Records. Photo by Jesse Wiles
Records. Photo by Jesse Wiles
Records. Photo by Jesse Wiles
All Eyez On Me. Photo by Jesse Wiles
All Eyez On Me. Photo by Jesse Wiles
The Weeknd? Photo by Jesse Wiles
The Weeknd? Photo by Jesse Wiles
Portrait. Photo by Jesse Wiles.
Portrait. Photo by Jesse Wiles.
Fun House. Photo by Jesse Wiles.
Fun House. Photo by Jesse Wiles.
Lounging. Photo by Jesse Wiles
Lounging. Photo by Jesse Wiles
Elevate. Photo by Jesse Wiles
Elevate. Photo by Jesse Wiles
Jack and the water tower. Photo by Jesse Wiles
Jack and the water tower. Photo by Jesse Wiles
Flamin' Hot. Photo by Jesse Wiles
Flamin’ Hot. Photo by Jesse Wiles
Bleacher Report. Photo by Jesse Wiles
Bleacher Report. Photo by Jesse Wiles
Cheese. Photo by Jesse Wiles
Cheese. Photo by Jesse Wiles
Great Wall. Photo by Jesse Wiles
Great Wall. Photo by Jesse Wiles

Written and shot by Jesse Wiles

Smooth Waves Premiere: MC- “Bliss”

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MC is back on Smooth Waves. A few weeks after the young artist got in touch with us about his song “Sans 1995” we’ve got the premiere of his second song, “Bliss.” Here, he sings over Paul McCartney and The Wings’ “Band on The Run.” Although the overall vibe of the song is very upbeat and the name hints at a positive tone, the lyrics say otherwise. MC delves into a popular topic at the moment, being black in America. Below is an explanation of the song, from MC himself. Stick with us for more news from him coming soon.

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Written by Jesse Wiles

Submission of The Week: MC talks time, nostalgia and human tendencies on “Sans 1995”

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Markus Cook, who goes by MC, is currently a sophomore at Asbury College in Kentucky and from the Cincinnati suburbs. He only has one track on his Soundcloud and it has under 50 plays. But, for some reason I clicked play after sifting through close to 20 other submissions. All I can say is I’m glad I did. It’s been awhile since we got a submission that was anything other than a slightly below average teen rapping into their Macbook.

On “Sans 1995” MC says he wanted to touch on time, nostalgia and the human obsession with attempting to change things far out of our control. MC kind of reminds me of a mixture of Frank Ocean and Raury. He seems to be in touch with his spiritual side, making that connection through music and art. Obviously he only has one song but the explanation of it is reminiscent of something that Frank or Raury would do.

The chorus on “Sans 1995” goes “Won’t you gravitate to me. Won’t you elevate with me.” Markus says that those lines translate to setting aside earthly concerns and moving past the things you can’t change. The song isn’t packed full of lyrics but the few that Markus croons are chocked full of meaning.

Hopefully there’s more to come from MC in the future. You’ll definitely be able to find it right here on Smooth Waves.

View a translation of the lyrics below.

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Written by Jesse Wiles