Monday, October 15, 2018

Rapper E-Turn just released one of Orlando music's most important milestones this year

Posted By on Mon, Oct 15, 2018 at 10:36 AM

click to enlarge E-Turn at Iron Cow - JEN CRAY
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  • E-Turn at Iron Cow
THIS LITTLE UNDERGROUND
E-Turn release party and the debut of Whale Team Six, Iron Cow, Oct. 12

As a strong work by a great homegrown artist on a groundbreaking national label, the recent official release of E-Turn’s Young World is one of the most noteworthy, historical and important milestones this year for Orlando music. As the freshest face on the illustrious Fake Four roster, E-Turn has been on the grind out there on the national circuit, most recently on shows with KRS-One and members of the Wu-Tang Clan. But this release event was her spotlight, on her home turf, on the occasion of her major accomplishment.
click to enlarge E-Turn at Iron Cow - JEN CRAY
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  • E-Turn at Iron Cow
click to enlarge E-Turn at Iron Cow - JEN CRAY
  • Jen Cray
  • E-Turn at Iron Cow
click to enlarge E-Turn at Iron Cow - JEN CRAY
  • Jen Cray
  • E-Turn at Iron Cow
E-Turn has never done a show halfway or on autopilot. Her performances – even the smallest supporting ones – have always been in-the-moment things of total commitment and stunning, sometimes upstaging, technique. They’re her stock in trade. But for her big hometown release event, she celebrated, she slayed and she elevated.
click to enlarge E-Turn at Iron Cow - JEN CRAY
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  • E-Turn at Iron Cow
click to enlarge E-Turn release show at Iron Cow - JEN CRAY
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  • E-Turn release show at Iron Cow
click to enlarge E-Turn release show at Iron Cow - JEN CRAY
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  • E-Turn release show at Iron Cow
click to enlarge Swamburger hosting E-Turn release show at Iron Cow - JEN CRAY
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  • Swamburger hosting E-Turn release show at Iron Cow
For all this moment represents for her, though, E-Turn’s potential impact is even greater than any personal achievement. On purely objective performance terms, she’s a powerful voice, a freestanding natural force with chops of steel, unfuckwithable. But set against the current groundswell of a rising feminine revolution, her expression takes on new volume, velocity and – hopefully – inevitability. She’s the mirror to some of the most pressing issues of our time. Add in that commanding voice and you’ve got a modern icon. She’s got the goods, the perspective and the fire – a complete vessel of power and relevance.

Supporting was a parade of credentialed locals like battle champ Madd Illz and next-up Second Subject star Sean Shakespeare.
click to enlarge Madd Illz at Iron Cow - JEN CRAY
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  • Madd Illz at Iron Cow
click to enlarge Sean Shakespeare at Iron Cow - JEN CRAY
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  • Sean Shakespeare at Iron Cow
click to enlarge Sean Shakespeare at Iron Cow - JEN CRAY
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  • Sean Shakespeare at Iron Cow
The surprise of the night was the fresh debut of Whale Team Six, a supergroup project of Solillaquist mastermind DiViNCi, Orlando legend Beef Wellington and Maxwell Drummey, who was half of art-pop act Chester French and a fellow player with DiViNCi in Lauryn Hill’s band.
click to enlarge Whale Team Six at Iron Cow - JEN CRAY
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  • Whale Team Six at Iron Cow
click to enlarge Whale Team Six at Iron Cow - JEN CRAY
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  • Whale Team Six at Iron Cow
click to enlarge Whale Team Six at Iron Cow - JEN CRAY
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  • Whale Team Six at Iron Cow
Without a single rehearsal beforehand, the trio of seasoned pros launched into a nonstop and completely improvised 30-minute odyssey of astral hip-hop jazz that rides that all-night frequency. Look out for these guys.
click to enlarge Whale Team Six at Iron Cow - JEN CRAY
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  • Whale Team Six at Iron Cow
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