Koolassjoe - Joe of all Trades
Expression > Expectation
Koolassjoe is a one man entertainment machine. And since i was never used to the idea of speaking in third person i'll just cut the crap and introduce myself.
My names Joseph Torres. The one and only Koolassjoe. Born and Raised and probrably will die in the world famous South Bronx, New York City.
My life started off with the ability to beat box (Better known as "Vocal Percussion"). By the time high school days arrived, i had extensive beat box training and understood the basics of sheet music, showmanship, timing and breath control. Next came the need to beat box for everyone who wanted to be a "Rapper". So i charged a quarter for beats and started trending towards getting tired of beatboxing for every one else.... Shit! I have something to say too!
With my teenage years starting, a form of power was given to me in the form of the "Summer Youth Employment Program". Here i earned the funds needed to purchase a mixer, records, turntables etc... to become a "DeeJay"! In high school!!! Awesome.
With a couple shows under my belt, i ventured into rapping because i was able to. Not because i wanted to be the best rapper in the world and become rich and famous. I was just good at it. I was able to flow indefinitly due to my beat box trained breath control. I understood hip hop due to all the music and parties i had involved myself with. And of course with a ton of records came a ton of instrumentals to rap over and practice with!
This is where i upgrade. You see i got tired of beatboxxing for others. And in the same fashion i got tired of using other peoples beats to freestyle over. So i ventured into production. With the help of a city funded youth center program that was being unused, i was able to learn how to use high end studio equipment for free! An MPC 60, A Mackie 1202, A Roland Keyboard and my boys. We went every tue, thurs, and sun without missing a beat. For free. The engineer teaching us the art loved our sound and gave us the fundamentals needed to make beats. Now i could spit fire over my own fire!
From there i ventured into the "game" It sucks let me tell you. Corporate nonsense overtaking your passion and creativity is quite lousy. And walking around the city selling CDs in order to eat sucks too! After so much i realized i just want to make music. I tire of the shows and the swagger mongers. The front end and the back end. But then comes things like brainstorms and fans. Things like blogs and prospects. I can give up or keep it moving. So i fight.
My name is koolassjoe. I love music. Thsnxs for reading. And thanx 4 listening!