One thing I like about music is our ability to stumble across all different types of music. Whether it be by chance or through friends, we begin to diversify our taste in the artform. Yes, we may have genres that we listen to more often than others, but I don’t shut off my ear to any type of music. Musicians tend to blend various genres in order to create a unique sound for themselves. And that’s where the next artist comes in, Gabrielknowseverything.
Gabrielknowseverything is a Central Florida artist creating a buzz for himself with his unique Alternative sounds that blends Hip-Hop all into one. The Grocery Store Records signee has released music via streaming platforms and now he has released his studio LP, Philistine. I was intrigued by the title of this project and drawn into learning more about its meaning. Throughout listening to the album, I not only learned more about the concept but much more about the artist as well.
The title track introduces its listener to the artist as he tackles personal struggles surrounding identity, depression and anger. These themes are found throughout the project with various songs such as “I Hate Myself Sometimes”, “The Abyss” and “In The Grave”. One of the standout tracks on the album, “Bodega” gives us an in-depth view of his upbringing and him wanting more for his life. He compares living life to being an immigrant, hustling to ensure that success is imminent for himself and his family. From listening to Philistine, Gabrielknowseverything is a diamond in the rough.
Philistine provides a great introduction into the artist Gabrielknowseverything. His ability to combine various sounds including his own love for guitar with music shines on his latest effort. The artist has a bright future ahead of him, and with this album, listeners can relate to the subject matter. This kid has come a long way from the corner store and I know his hustle will continue.
Reggie Johnson is a poet reigning from Cincinnati, Ohio. Starting at the age of nine, Reggie has been writing poetry through their love of music and life experiences. He has 9 books now available on Amazon. You can follow him on Twitter @r_d_johnson and on IG @rdjohnsonwrites.