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“Dreams of Eternity”: Salazar ’13 Seeks Support for New Mixtape

Patrick Salazar ’13, otherwise known as Spoken Phor, has launched a Kickstarter for upcoming project “Dreams of Eternity,” to be produced by HiFadility from Trinity College. He is looking for campus support from fellow Wesleyan students. . All funds raised will go towards production costs, recording time, engineering, artwork, and music videos for the new project. You can check out the fundraising link here, and read what the artist has to say about his vision below:

Eternity. When we think eternity, we think forever. This grappling word takes our minds and our hearts to places where we normally do not think to go. It encompasses our fears, it encompasses our goals, and it encompasses our crux – what we truly believe ourselves to be purposed for.

I am afraid of myself – afraid that all unique, blue moon qualities I possess will amount to nothing but particles of existence, pieces of greatness seeking a never to be found glory, simply because of my own inadequacy. My inadequacies as a man cut me as deep as knife wounds: my fear of risk, my fear of limited potential, my fear of failure and my fight against growth preventing resentment are my only obstacles.

Patrick Salazar ’13 (Spoken Phor) Seeks Contributors for a Musical Project

Patrick Salazar ’13 (also known as Spoken Phor, pictured above) writes in with an open call for fellow Wesleyan contributors:

I’m working on a new mixtape project and what I’m looking for are any producers, singers (both male and female), vocal engineers, videographers and photographers who are interested in collaborating for the project. Essentially I would work with the producers, singers, and engineers to complete the actual physical product and work with the videographers and photographers to do music videos/mini clips, promotional videos, and photoshoots. If anyone is interested they can e-mail me at psalazar[at]wesleyan[dot]edu with samples of their work and a description of their skills. Also, if anyone is interested in P.R. or music promotion or something like that, I’d be down to work with them on introducing them to the blog scene and showing them how to push music so that they can do that for the project while we are working on it.

For an idea of what Patrick’s past musical projects have entailed, check out his mixtape “Half Way There”. This mixtape was produced mostly by Anthony Edwards ’11, but that also included Jared Paul ’11 for production, Melanie Brady ’12 as a vocalist and Kwabena Nsiah ’10 for writing credits.

B.A.P. – Big Ass Party – TONIGHT!

What’s going on tonight? One of those B.A.P.s. What’s a B.A.P.? A Big Ass Party, of course. Come to Psi U TONIGHT, Saturday, September 17th to hear a sample of Wesleyan’s most talented musical performers. We’re gonna start things off nice and funky with Almonds and Elephants (’12 and ’13), a band that’s been getting a lot of attention at Wesleyan for three years running. After that it’s Wesleyan’s own Pat Salazar ’13, aka S…poken Phor, ready to drop some rhymes and show you all a good time. Finally, Paradise Stomp aka Brewster Lee ’13 and Crook$hanks aka Adrien DeFontaine ’13 are teaming up to bring the house down with some diirrty beats. Set list after the jump: 

Spoken Phor Releases New Video: “Half Way There”

Back in November we posted about Spoken Phor (Patrick Salazar ’13), a talented sophomore emcee who had just released a debut mixtape, Half Way There, full of “well-constructed verses with unflappable confidence.”

Today Salazar sends in a new video he’s just completed for that mixtape’s title track. The project is chock full of other Wes kids, too: the song was produced by Jared Paul ’11, while Matt Schaff ’11 and Ian Park ’11 put this hard-hitting, gorgeously filmed video together.

This is not your typical Wesleyan-style funk-inflected indie hip hop. Spoken Phor’s verses are wrenching, tightly wound rhymes, concerned with broken families and personal struggle. His production is a sparse tapestry of cold synths and winding electro-beats. It’s worth hearing.

Here’s the video. 

Hip-Hop Show: Elements

Submitted by McKenzii Webster ’13:

A showcase you are not going to want to miss!

Starring:
L.A. (Latasha Alcindor ’10)
Zee Santiago
Spoken Phor
Maxxx Flair
Bones Complex
E.Oks
with DJ Sankofa as House DJ!!

After-party will be in Malcolm X House basement at 11:00 PM! DJ Kraff Swagger from NY will be spinning!!

Co-sponsored by: Ujamaa, Beta Beta Chi Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Pi Alpha Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta, Inc., Ajua Campos, and WESU FM

  • Date: Saturday, February 26
  • Time: 8:30 PM – 10:30 PM; after-party at 11:00 PM
  • Place: Exley Science Center Lobby; after-party at Malcolm X House basement
  • Cost: Free!

Spoken Phor — “Half Way There” Mixtape

The brainchild of rapper Spoken Phor (Patrick Salazar ’13) and producer Maestro (Anthony G. Edwards ’11, of We Are the HEROES), “Half Way There” is a refreshing addition to Wesleyan’s ever-expanding catalogue of student creativity—it’s bold, triumphant, and best bumped loud. The mixtape was dropped on Dat Piff on October 26th, and is currently available for free download. Acquiring it is certainly worth the effort: echoing the efforts of such fresh, bombastic gangsta revivalists like Freddie Gibbs, Spoken Phor delivers well-constructed verses with unflappable confidence. Maestro’s immaculately polished production and vocal stylings from Melanie Brady ’12 perfectly complement Salazar’s flow.

Half Way There - Spoken Phor

Though he occasionally employs tropes typically associated with mainstream hip hop, Spoken Phor is far too intelligent to treat swagger as anything but a reference point; in the gripping final track (produced by J. Paul ’11) after which mixtape is titled, Salazar waxes introspective, baring the frustrated pain that motivates him to press on with his craft. Contextualized by the poignantly raw ruminations of its last verses, “Half Way There” verily comes full circle, and the result is moving.

What’s also remarkable is the confluence of talent present in “Half Way There”. Collaboration is a beautiful thing, and with any luck, we’ll see more of it from these gifted individuals. Salazar recently performed at Amherst and is in the process of booking a show at UPenn; here’s hoping we’ll catch a Spoken Phor performance at Wes in the near future.

In the meantime, scope this video: