The UK VIBE With Joseph 'JP' Patterson: Introducing Angel

Hey, readers! Joseph 'JP' Patterson signing in once again to bring you some of the freshest talent from across the pond. This month, it’s all about Angel. Looking at him, you’d think he was a rapper, right? Wrong! This young man is bringing some much-needed hood swagger to the UK R&B music scene, but he isn’t afraid to hit a high note when necessary. Angel tells me his story... Angel: I got into music between the ages of 5 and 7. I was always around a house full of instruments. My dad is a musician and he used to play with all of the top reggae artists that came over from Jamaica. I’ve always been around music, it’s in the bloodline. Growing up, though, I used to listen to a lot of Quincy Jones; he was the main guy during that era. I also listened to a lot of Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, Michael Jackson, Ralph Tresvant, Jodeci, Prince, Brandy, etc. That sort of 90s swing vibe was my era. That was real music! I’m 24 now, so I’ve been doing this for over 10 years. Sometimes I read things and it’s like, 'I can’t believe Angel has come out of nowhere.' I'm saying, 'No! I haven’t come out of nowhere; it’s just that behind the scenes you’ll never hear about until I exploit that.' I've been doing this for ages and it’s just now that God has given me the green light. In my music, I would say there are elements of jazz, classic, reggae, pop, R&B and soul. I think it’s just a pop fusion, because there are so many elements of genres. Is the UK R&B music scene ready for me? I think they need to be ready for me! I’m definitely not doing what everyone else is doing, in terms of having songs written for me and singing all about love songs, because I’m just talking about different, real stuff that is happening and going on around me. I think that I’ve got a lot of different angles that aren’t there already and, even more so, urban is coming through hard right now and that’s what I've been doing since the mid-90s when they said, ‘That isn’t gonna work over here.’ I think that because it is working and coming through so hard right now, being in that field from an earlier stage enables me to offer a lot.

Where I’ve grown up in Shepherd’s Bush, not saying it’s the garrisons or anything, we keep it real. Like, you might have some friends who aren’t the same thing as you, who just go through different things at different times, and sometimes you get lead down different roads and not even led because you don’t know, but because you think it’s going to work faster and better for you. I’ve done time and I’ve done a lot of things that your ordinary singer wouldn’t do, but I’ve still been able to come out and turn things around and I’ve been able to explore and share my message in my music. It’s not just a pretty boy thing. It’s not just another love song. I sing about what I do and what is around me. I do sing about love songs as well because I am a gallis and I love women, but I love to talk about things that the mandem can relate to as well. I’m currently signed to Universal, which is great! The deal came about because of the most high, definitely, but the intricacies of the deal were definitely hard work and constant grinding. Ben, my A&R, was following me for a little while - since I was about 14 or 15. My friend used to make beats and I used to sing on them, but Ben had been following and he had seen the graft developing and so he's seen me come a long way. It just came to a stage where, between 2009 and 2010, I was going back and forth to Denmark and Sweden, recording hits and writing songs. Then one day, the label just said that they had heard one track that I’d been doing and thought that it was the right time. I think they understood it before they just rushed and thought, 'There’s a buzz around Angel. Let’s try and get him.'

The story behind my new mixtape, '7 Minutes Before Time', is that my whole thing about being spiritual is because I’m a God-fearing person. The whole Angel thing is Godly. 7 is a number of completion. I know that in the Bible the most high had 7 days to create stuff, so it’s just like 7 days away from 'about time' and that’s what the album is also called. 7 days from making things actually happen, so I thought I’d put a twang on that and call it '7 Minutes...' Of course, the message in it isn’t all about love songs, it’s all about real stuff that’s going on right now and it’s a spiritual thing, more than anything. I read the Bible. God is definitely in the mix. I worked with people like Giggs and Sneakbo on the mixtape, but I’d love to do some stuff with Dappy, Tinchy and Adele down the line, too. I’d love to do all the stuff that can put a twist on things. I’d love to hook up with Ed Sheeran and do some stuff because that will just be different. We can’t all be the same. I like to do stuff that will make you think, 'Rah! I didn’t think it would work, but it’s a good vibe.' Outside of the UK, I’d love to work with Brandy, because vocally, she’s my idol. I’d also like to work with Usher and, producer-wise, I’d love to work with people like Rodney Jerkins, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis and others. There’s a whole lot more, but those are the main guys. Moving forward, though, I'm going to be doing a lot of shows and I'll be supporting Wretch 32 on tour from early October and I'll be supporting the lovely Keri Hilson in November! I'm just trying to get this thing cracking because we can all stay in the hood and studio and make beats, but it’s not exploiting and sharing with the masses. I’m just trying to do everything. Every little street corner and every show. I feel like I owe something to the Lord for giving me a blessing, because I have made a few mistakes and I have lost it a few times, but he has showed me the way.

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The Intentional Blackness

“Instead of me bringing out my flower crown, it was more important that I brought our culture to Coachella.”

Throughout the documentary, Beyoncé made it known that everything and everyone included in the creative process leading up to the annual festival was deliberately chosen. “I personally selected each dancer, every light, the material on the steps, the height of the pyramid, the shape of the pyramid,” says Beyoncé. “Every tiny detail had an intention.” When speaking on black people as a collective the entertainer notes, “The swag is limitless.” Perhaps the most beautiful moments in Homecoming are the shots that focus on the uniqueness of black hair and its versatility. What’s appreciated above all is the singer’s commitment to celebrating the various facets of blackness and detailing why black culture needs to be celebrated on a global scale.

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#Beychella — which spanned two consecutive weekends of Coachella’s annual festival — was inspired by elements of HBCU homecomings, so it was no surprise when the singer revealed she always wanted to attend one. “I grew up in Houston, Texas visiting Prairie View. We rehearsed at TSU [Texas State University] for many years in Third Ward, and I always dreamed of going to an HBCU. My college was Destiny's Child. My college was traveling around the world and life was my teacher.” Brief vignettes in the film showcased marching bands, drumlines and the majorettes from notable HBCUs that comprise of the black homecoming experience. In the concert flick, one of the dancers affectionately states, “Homecoming for an HBCU is the Super Bowl. It is the Coachella.” However, beyond the outfits that sport a direct resemblance to Greek organizations, Beyoncé communicated an important message that remains a focal point in the film: “There is something incredibly important about the HBCU experience that must be celebrated and protected.”

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Despite being joined by hundreds of dancers, musicians and singers on-stage, the entertainer was joined by some familiar faces to share the monumental moment with her. While making a minor appearance in the documentary, her husband and rapper/mogul Jay-Z came out to perform “Deja Vu” with his wife. Next, fans were blessed by the best trio to ever do it as Kelly and Michelle joined the singer with renditions of their hit singles including “Say My Name,” “Soldier,” and more. On top of this star-studded list, Solange Knowles graced the “Beychella” stage and playfully danced with her older sister to the infectious “Get Me Bodied.”

Her Balance Of Being A Mother And A Star

Originally slated to headline the annual festival in 2017, the singer notes that she “got pregnant unexpectedly...and it ended up being twins.” Suffering from preeclampsia, high blood pressure, toxemia and undergoing an emergency C-section, the entertainer candidly details how difficult it was adjusting post-partum and how she had to reconnect with her body after experiencing a traumatizing delivery. “In the beginning, it was so many muscle spasms. Just, internally, my body was not connected. My body was not there.” Rehearsing for a total of 8 months, the singer sacrificed quality time with her children in order to nail the technical elements that came with the preparation for her Coachella set. “I’m limiting myself to no bread, no carbs, no sugar, no dairy, no meat, no fish, no alcohol … and I’m hungry.” Somehow, throughout all of this, she still had to be a mom. “My mind wanted to be with my children,” she says. Perhaps one of the most admirable moments in the film was witnessing Beyoncé’s dedication to her family but also to her craft.

The Wise Words From Black Visionaries

Homecoming opens with a quote from the late, Maya Angelou stating, “If you surrender to the air, you can ride it.” The film includes rich and prophetic quotes from the likes of Alice Walker, Nina Simone, Toni Morrison, and notable Black thinkers, reaffirming Beyoncé’s decision to highlight black culture. The quotes speak to her womanhood and the entertainer’s undeniable strength as a black woman.

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