I have been seeing the Git Up Challenge all over the internet for the past few weeks and I can’t help but think of its origins. The craze has caught on to me as I found myself listening to the song over and over again. I’m sure you have heard or seen #thegitupchallenge anywhere from Facebook, YouTube, Spotify and the like. Well, let me tell you some things I found.
Blanco is a singer-songwriter and producer who combines Country and hip-hop music. He has that southern sound which he refers to as “TrailerTrap.”
His musical influences include Johnny Cash and Outkast that inspired him to draw rawness and storytelling into his music that he describes as “boundary-breaking, multicolored genre of his very own .”
As a child, he channeled his emotions into art in the forms of drawing and singing as well as writing songs. Apparently, he sees colors whenever he makes music. He was an outcast who spent his youth in the hood.
Blanco Brown may be his first release as a solo artist in his own right, but he’s no newcomer. In fact, he is a Grammy-nominated engineer and major-label solo artist, and one of Billboard’s “7 Country Acts to Watch in 2019.”
“I don’t necessarily think of the sound as being genre-breaking,” he says. “I think of it as being culture-bonding. If you listen to the messages of these songs, you’ll find it’s about the things we go all through as humans, not about race.”
The songs in the album Blanco Brown like CountryTime and The Git Up is a representation and mixture of the dark and the light. It balances the aggressive and hard edges with upbeat, danceable ready songs. They are eloquent and spirited songs that shed light on Blanco’s identity, upbringing, and creativity.
“CountryTime” has that hip-hop vibe combined with a bluegrass sounds at the end. It was tracked on Blanco’s laptop.
The Git Up
The other songs he has were made in traditional studios. A place that was already familiar to Blanco as he had worked there for years with other musicians across different ranges.
“This album accentuates one side of what I went through, I can’t forget the hood,” says Blanco, who writes compellingly about his youth on songs like “Ghett Ol Memories.” “I didn’t start out trying to make Country music, but these are the sounds I love—and always keep coming back to time and time again. I don’t believe in people being trailer trash, either, so I want to put a good connotation on that word. Making TrailerTrap music really feels liberating to me, because I want to bring people together. That’s what this music stands for: unity. It’s multiple influences and sounds and styles, all coming together.”
The Git Up Challenge
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Here’s a compilation video of #thegitupchallenge. Enjoy!
Blanco Brown, CountryTime, The Git Up
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