by | Aug 18, 2023 | Artists, August 2023 Issue

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Artist Bio

The captivating musical style of Orlando-based rapper/singer E-Turn has been described as “bridging the gap between gritty rap and soulful singing.” She utilizes a multitude of deliveries to issue a call to arms against the maladies of modernity.

She recently (2023) dropped the project “So Meta” which is a compilation of songs she was hired to create for Meta’s Reel Library. Her favorite body of work, entitled “Young World,” was released in 2018 on indie label Fake Four. This was her third full-length album release.

While early returns of the digital age are awash with tales of rampant greed, cruelty, and alienation, E-Turn expresses hope that the tools at our disposal can be used for the greater good of humanity. And Hip Hop, at its best, can play its part. Entertainment helps us forget ourselves. Art helps us remember ourselves.

E-Turn grew up among mixed cultures. Her father came from Iran to America during the revolution and her mom is a San Diegan of Hispanic/Native descent.

E began singing at a very young age, rapping in 7th grade, performing with a cover band at 17 before finally hitting the Hip Hop open mic circuit at the age of 19. These days you will find E-Turn touring in the U.S. and Europe, sharing the stage with several iconic artists. She also teaches Hip Hop and voice over workshops in under-resourced communities all over the country.

Drawing influence everywhere from Black Thought to Stevie Nicks, E’s writing conveys urgency, mindfulness, and resilience in the face of pain. Her gritty, impassioned delivery will not only captivate you, it’ll leave you wanting more.

For many lost in the now, viewing life through a screen like a porthole on a sinking ship, E-Turn offers hope that we can rise to the surface and find something real and lasting.

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E-Turn has toured with:

Homeboy Sandman
DJ Abilities
Ceschi Ramos
Abstract Rude
Lisa Vazquez
The Chicharones
Count Bass D
Solillaquists of Sound
Qwel & Maker
DJ SPS (Black Violin)

And has opened for:

Wu-Tang Clan
Mobb Deep
Yasiin Bey (Mos Def)
Talib Kweli
Naughty By Nature
Snow Tha Product
Devin The Dude
Thievery Corporation
Haiku d’Etat
Pep Love & Opio (Hieroglyphics)

“Lucid” – E-Turn & SPS

“Give It Up (Official video)” – Plash feat. E-Turn

What is the inspiration behind your music?

“Tupac, Bone Thugs, Lauryn Hill, Nas, Black Thought, Pharoahe Monch, Bahamadia, Stevie Wonder, Stevie Nicks, Michael Jackson, Mariah Carey, Alanis Morissette, Ashanti, Swamburger, Ceschi, Homeboy Sandman, Aesop Rock, Outkast, and many more.”

Tell us about your studio setup. What kinds of instruments do you use?

“Voice, Keys, MPC, SP-404sx”

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Have there been any challenges you have faced in the music industry?

“Supporting myself financially. The industry has gone through a lot of changes over the years, most recently when the world shut down. Also, as an indie artist, having to wear a lot of different hats can be really stressful. Eventually building a team is essential. ”

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What are your future goals?

“I’d love to have a sold out show at Madison Square Garden!”

What kinds of upcoming projects are you working on?

“I recently dropped ‘So Meta’ which is a collection of songs I created for Meta (Facebook) as commissioned work for their Reel Library.”

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How do you feel Hip Hop has evolved over the past 50 years, and what aspects of Hip Hop do you believe have remained the same?

“I feel like the lyricism in Hip Hop has evolved tremendously- patterns, concepts, depth of writing… although, there were many artists ahead of their time in the 80s and 90s and even at the birth of Hip Hop that weren’t shined mainstream light on and who can keep up with the sharpest young lyricists today. To name a few of those, Aceyalone, Grandmaster Caz, Qwel, Myka 9, and Pharoahe Monch. Obviously, all elements of Hip Hop have also evolved over the years. The way DJ’s DJ, breaking styles, graffiti handstyles, and then of course fashion and street talk. This question actually makes me want to take a deep dive into researching more about how the graffiti element has evolved, though, the first thing that comes to mind is the fact that many writers are able to legally create on specified surfaces/ walls and are even many times commissioned to do so for businesses.”

What do you think the future of Hip Hop in general and independent Hip Hop in particular will hold?

“I think that seeing as though Hip Hop has essentially become one of the most (if not the most) popular cultures today, it’s extremely important we shine light on the artists who are putting conscious and quality content into the world. Hip Hop is a vessel for change, more than any other movement and genre of music, I believe. As consumers, if we are able to influence the labels in a way that uplifts more conscious artists, we will see a shift in our quality of life in general. I think more conscious Hip Hop is making its way to the mainstream and I look forward to more of the world bumpin’ the artists I know will help change the world.”

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