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Lowell, Massachusetts, United States | SELF

Lowell, Massachusetts, United States | SELF
Band Hip Hop Reggae


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1. Soul Be Free
2. Rap Channel
3. Hip Switch
4. God Knows
5. Militant
6. I See Dem
7. Collapse
8. Cry For :
9. Drift 2:53
10. Scorcher
11. War Zoom
12. Still Suffruin
13. State of Mind
14. Hip Hop


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Bam Savage, the artist/producer. My music is a fuse of reggae,hip hop and African drum sounds, and r& b. My influences growing up were a variety of artists such as Bob Marley, Buju Banton, KRS One, The Roots, and Anita Baker just to name a few and also The Big Band and Coldtrain. Being of African descent and traveling to places such as Jamaica and Europe has fine-tuned my sound as to what it is now.

Wicked Eye.....Bam Savage

* The Boston Globe Musician hooked on W. African, hip-hop blend By Russell Contreras, Globe Staff | October 19, 2006 Turn on some music -- any music -- and Bam Savage will close his eyes, nod his head, and tell you how that tune was made. That hip-hop beat was made with the software Fruity Loops 6 , he'd say, or that live reggae song was mixed using Pro Tools 6 , but the artists should have used a different microphone. It's a unique listening skill the emcee/independent music producer has developed over the years as he has moved from a mere fan of hip-hop, R&B, and traditional West African music, to a creator of music that draws from all three. Now with his third independent CD set for release next month, the Lawrence resident said he is ready to take his music to the next level. And possibly change the culture of hip-hop on his journey. In an industry dominated by reputations, who-you-knowism, and romantic visions of drug and ghetto-fabulous aesthetics, Savage said wants to use his talent as a producer to fuse hip-hop with the West African music he grew up with. By doing so, he hopes to subvert mainstream hip-hop and bring it back to its socially conscious and traditional roots. Or at least get artists to tell a good story. The 31-year-old producer, who has worked and performed with some of the biggest names in the game, including The Roots, is in the midst of a major push on the Internet to promote his work and other like -minded artists. ``The guy is amazing. He's very creative," said Natural Soul, a hip-hop producer based in Lowell. ``He fuses music from his culture and hip-hop, and comes up with some great stuff. He's definitely the real deal." Yes, he lives in Lawrence, and, yes, he's navigating a genre drowned in materialism and I've-been-shot-nine-times rappers. Yet, Savage believes his skills, the Internet, and his reputation will help him transcend all those barriers. Besides, he said, fans of hip-hop are tired of the same ol', same ol' from the gangsta lyricists. ``Not every two or three lines have to be a curse, you know, or screaming, or saying, `I'll shoot you' or `I'll kill you' and all that," Savage said in an interview at his Lawrence home. ``We're much smarter than that, man. I know that money and drugs drives hip-hop right now. But it's doesn't have to be." At least, that's not how Savage picked up his love for music. Born in Freetown, Sierra Leone , Savage was introduced to music by his family, who regularly blasted the music of Marvin Gaye and Bob Marley around the house. (The name Bam is short for Bamiekole.) At a young age, Savage listened to how the artists spoke of present-day conditions in the Americas while telling a good story. Then he would switch to the popular music of his homeland. Page 2 of 2 -- He came to the United States as a teen when his parents moved to Washington, D.C. During those days, the popular hip-hop group was gangsta rappers N.W.A. , who rapped about shooting up police, drug dealing, and drinking 40s. That group was fine, though strange, for a West African teen trying to adjust to American life. But it really didn't sit well with him. Article Tools * PRINTER FRIENDLYPrinter friendly * SINGLE PAGESingle page * E-MAILE-mail to a friend * RSS FEEDSLocal RSS feed * RSS FEEDSAvailable RSS feeds * MOST E-MAILEDMost e-mailed * REPRINTS & LICENSINGReprints & Licensing * Tag with Del.icio.us Save this article * powered by Del.icio.us More: * Globe City/Region stories | * Latest local news | * Globe front page | * Boston.com * Sign up for: Globe Headlines e-mail | * Breaking News Alerts Then, he heard Boogie Down Productions' ``Criminal Minded." On the tape was KRS-One's fast moving lyrics about how an artist could be an educator, a preacher, and leader all at the same time, but in today's hip-hop world, such efforts are classified as criminal. Savage couldn't believe his ears. But how many times must I point you in the right direction You need protection, when I'm on the mike Because my mouth is like a 9-millimeter windpipe You're a king, I'm a teacher You're a b-boy, I'm a scholar If this was a class, well it would go right under drama ``It was overwhelming," he remembered. ``I was like, `Wow. He's saying a lot.' I had to rewind it. He was kicking so much knowledge to me at once. I couldn't adjust." Every time he rewound the tape, he wrote the lyrics down. Then, he memorized them. Then, he started writing his own lyrics. The son of