Our Kids Deserve Better Music: Interview w/ Antoine Edmonson

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I was introduced to Antoine Edmonson through his blog, Letters to Ohio, and instantly knew that he was destined for greatness. He recently launched a campaign to provide better music for the next generation and I am proud to present it to the world. I recently caught up with him to learn more about the “Our Kids Deserve Better Music” campaign and the journey at large. Below are his responses. Be sure to check out his latest single and concert info at the end. Enjoy!

Who are you?

I am Antoine Edmonson, Hip Hop extraordinaire!

When people ask you what you do for a living, what do you tell them?

I tell them that I am a Hip Hop artist, but furthermore, I do things I love for a living.

What’s the hardest and most rewarding part of living in LA as an emerging music artist?

The hardest part about living in LA is starting over with no fan base whatsoever. The most rewarding part is seeing what you can make of yourself, since you have to start back over!

What inspired the Our Kids Deserve Better Music Campaign?

I make music for the 15-year old version of me. When I was a kid, I was constantly consuming hip-hop. For a 2-3 year period, I bought every hip-hop album that was released. Over time, after constantly repeating these lyrics (speaking them into existence), my life began to reflect the negative lifestyles portrayed in the music. I remember blindly following people that I looked up to as a teenager.  I want be the person that I didn’t have at 15-years old.

How did the failure of your first Kickstarter affect your walk with God?

The failure of my first Kickstarter made my walk with God stronger. I felt like I had done what He asked me to do, and that it just didn’t work out. After further examination, I realized that there were many things that I could have done better. So here we are for round two, using God’s blueprint; the one that I should have used before.

Why should people donate to the cause and/or attend the benefit concert on Nov. 17th?

People should only donate to the Kickstarter if they want to see a change for the better in Hip Hop. Major labels are spending millions of dollars on artists who are making music that promote negative images, ideas, and actions to the next generation. I have often heard that seeing is believing, so if the saying is true, people won’t believe that artists like me exist until they see them supported, so this is the first step.

Without the completion of this project, the music industry will continue on its current downward spiral. So, instead of complaining about how bad the music industry has gotten, let’s contribute to someone who is opening the door to a new era in Hip Hop music!

What’s next?

Touring schools is next. In supplication to performing, I am going to teach our youth how to express themselves through creative writing workshops. Creative writing has introduced me to myself, over and over and over again. I want to give our youth their mirror.

Is there anything that you’d like to share with the people?

Yes! Certainly! I want to share my new song “Passport” featuring Jasmine Jordan, with the people!

Be sure to attend the “Our Kids Deserve Better Music” benefit concert on Nov.17th! See the flyer below (designed by none other than Maria Eubanks) for more details.

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