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TEQNiK G's sound advice 

click to enlarge AUDREY JULIAN
  • Audrey Julian
TEQNiK G is a hip-hop artist and producer from Widefield, Colorado. He’s been making music since his youth, but starting taking it seriously in 2014, when he became active in the 719 Hip Hop community. Since deciding to go public with his talents, he has performed at countless live shows, released five projects, on vinyl record, cassette tape, compact disc and digital formats; provided production and engineering for other artists; and has recently begun directing and filming music videos.

Essential Saturday night listening: After a long week at work, I like to listen to music that will inspire me to make my own music. I mainly listen to hip-hop, but I listen to a lot of different subgenres. This past Saturday, I listened to Meyhem Lauren, Benny The Butcher, Westside Gunn and Tha God Fahim.

Essential Sunday morning listening: After unwinding on Saturday night by listening to dope new underground hip-hop and making beats, I like to write new music and freestyle. I’ll listen to beats that I’ve made, as well as some from my favorite producers. MF Doom is always easy to write to, as well as Madlib and DJ Prominent.

First record I bought with my own money: Back when I was probably about 7 or 8 years old, my brother convinced me to order CDs through one of those mail-in “13 CDs for a penny” companies. ... I don’t remember all of the albums I bought, but I know I got Dr Dre, The Chronic; Too $hort, Get in Where You Fit In, Das EFX, Straight Up Sewaside; Snoop Dogg, Doggystyle; Eazy E, Eazy-Duz-It; and KRS-One, Return of the Boom Bap.

“Wish I’d written that” song: “Revelations” by Masta Ace from 2004’s A Long Hot Summer. It’s basically about the struggle of putting out music to the world. As artists, we tend to feel underappreciated. We work extremely hard doing what we do, and we want to be valued. “Rap’s like trying to take a piss in the wind, I’m just glad to know some of y’all were listening in.”

“Wish I could unhear that” song: “Wanna Be a Baller” by Lil’ Troy because he’s a snitch, he’s fake, and I have no respect for him and all the nonsense he tried with Scarface.

My latest online discovery: Although this 
discovery happened nearly two years ago, Tha God Fahim. From what I know, he’s been consistently releasing new projects since 2015. He talks about a wide variety of subjects in his rhymes, from selling drugs to religion and everything in between.

Artist more people should know about: Aside from myself, I would have to suggest other artists who are creating great hip-hop music in Colorado right now. Such as eLiMenCe, Stoney Bertz, Che Bong, Tone ET, TMC, Ibe Hustles, Milogic, Something for Now, Palmleafskylines, and the list just goes on and on. Colorado is slept on when it comes to hip-hop. We have an abundance of talent that truly needs to be heard.

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