Late last year I wrote a little list of what I would like to see happen in 2011. #6 on that list was Something NewOver thirty years with hip-hop being the baby genre on the block. That’s a pretty big baby. I’m just wondering what’s next? It’s probably already happening, it just may not have a pretty catchall title. Reveal yourself.

I believe what I am listening to from KING is the genesis of that reveal. Why would I make such a statement? Because this is music that is as much tomorrow as it is yesterday, as harmonically consonant as it is harmonically dissonant, rhythmically familiar and delightfully syncopated. I believe this is where the music is headed: artists who don’t fit neatly into any marketing confine, yet their music is so universally beautiful that it renders the need for a demographic obsolete. Because I can tell you the type of people who will love and support KING: music people.

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Ivan Orr is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, performer, and writer. A native of Charlottesville, Virginia Ivan was involved with the forming and nascent days of The Music Resource Center as its first Program Director. A graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University’s Department of Music, Ivan currently resides in Richmond, VA where he maintains an active performance and production schedule while serving as the Music Editor for Grown Folks Music, a position he has held since 2010.