MUSIC

MUSICAL ALCHEMY
Released December 30, 2017
“MUSICAL ALCHEMY” 

“Musical Alchemy” is my newest musical project, as well as first released as Rebel Spirit since I took a break from music a few years back in order to really redefine the vision and mission of my music and the Rebel movement. Been working on this project for the past few months in order to get it out before 2018. Every track on here is meaningful to me in some way, so I hope you all enjoy! You can stream, download for free, or donate for the album if you so desire HERE. All support is definitely appreciated!

On this tape I tried to finally move toward a more conscious approach, several tracks being about specific topics I wanted to deal with, and cutting back on unnecessary or pointless rhymes. I think music, especially hip-hop, is about expressing the unexpressed, inspiring the uninspired, and just basically saying what needs to be said. It’s about expression, connection, rhythm and revolution, and this tape is a bold statement of that. Remember, good music with meaning is not dead, you just need to pay attention and be willing to look a bit!

One Love, God bless!

~ REBEL SPIRIT
www.OFFICIALREBELSPIRIT.com

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REBEL LIFE
Released December 1, 2012

A month after my solo project MOVING MENTAL MOUNTAINS was released, Lil’ DG and I released our first mixtape as RRG (Running Rebel Gang). We had been working on the tape for most of the year, and the sessions we had at his studio were some of the most memorable times of my life, the raw energy and love for rapping that we shared, how we would work for hours non-stop, and even the relaxed times when we were just chilling, blazing and jamming to our finished tracks, or even tripping and going crazy over how we were gonna make it, how we had to make the dream come true. These days. after a lot of growing and learning, a lot of observing, I no longer share a lot of the ideas that I had back then, that I expressed in the RRG tapes. It’s been ten years, and although I can’t vibe with some of the lyrics we spit in those days, having grown up and matured, the tracks still go hard and they reflect the reality we were living and feeling at the time. The beats were mostly produced by DG, and I made some as well. Sadly, DG has since passed away. He was a brother to me though, and his memory will live on with me through these tapes we put together as Running Rebel Gang.

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MOVING MENTAL MOUNTAINS
Released November 19, 2012
This album is a mix of all the different sounds I’d experimented with up until that point. It has the old-school sound of the RUNNING REBEL album, the deep and painfully personal lyricism of RHYTHM AND POETRY, the crisp, new-school drums I’d rapped over on the E mixtape, some of the gritty, hard rhymes of WICKED WORLD, and some chill, psychedelic singing to bring in the spacey, stoned state of mind I presented on REALMS OF REALITY. The title sums up what my attitude was at the time, feeling like I had to move mountains to make the dream happen.

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REALMS OF REALITY
Released April 20, 2012
Continuing my creative streak in early 2012, following the old-school rap flow of RUNNING REBEL, and the hard-hitting heavy rhymes and beats of WICKED WORLD, I released this tape on 420 and titled it REALMS OF REALITY. The concept for this tape was to make it spacey, chilled-out to the max and perfect for a chill smoke sesh, as if it’s taking you through different planes of existence. There’s still good rhymes on here, along with some autotuned singing, as well as chiller, softer beats. Some highlights of this album are the “It Is What It Is” remix that I did with the super talent singer Mary Jane, and the intro track “Divine Dreams”, which is my first public release of the chill electronic music I’d been working on for a while, and which I’ve continued working on up to this day.

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WICKED WORLD
Released March 15, 2012
Early 2012 was a super creative period for me. I had just released the RUNNING REBEL mixtape in February and my song “It Is What It Is” from the same tape, had gotten about 60K views on YouTube. Around that same time I had gotten together with Lil’ DG and we formed RRG (Running Rebel Gang), so we had started working on the Rebel Gang tapes. With that in the works, and about a month after the RUNNING REBEL mixtape release, WICKED WORLD was born. The concept was very different, where RUNNING REBEL was written on a more personal note, this mixtape focuses more on the global situation, on issues with society, government, and the like. It’s got a heavier sound to it, as far as the instrumentation is concerned, and the flows are definitely harder and faster.

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RUNNING REBEL
Released February 14, 2012
This album marks a turning point in my music career, and it’s the one that I’d dare to consider a true classic, without a doubt, of all my releases. This is when I added the Rebel to my name, something that grew out of a lot of (admittedly stoned) philosophizing I was doing at the time. The beats on this tape are true to the old-school sound that I love so much, super chill and smooth with lots of samples, and my rhymes on here are sharp and to the point.
Most of the beats are produced by French beat-maker Dela, but I wrote and recorded these raps on my own, without his explicit authorization, upon falling in love with his style of beats and just getting to work. I wrote my raps to fit them perfectly, and I hope one day I get to purchase the rights to release this album on streaming platforms.

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E
Released December 9, 2011
Although there’s no crazy concept to this tape, most of the tracks on here are hard-hitting bangers over equally crazy beats. Lots of punchlines, lots of fast flows and overall more modern, new-school sounding beats when compared to my few previous releases, R.A.P. and 420 REASONS. Since bragging rap isn’t really my main focus with my music, this mixtape was more or less put together from some of the few bragging tracks I had recorded at the time, plus a few other gems. The E stands for my name, Elias.

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420 REASONS
Released November 30, 2011
This is a chill tape to play while you blaze on some good bud. I usually try to address various topics and ideas within a single tape, 420 REASONS being the exception. I wanted to dedicate a full tape to an unconditional friend who’s been there with me through the ups and downs. A lot of my most creative ideas and enlightening epiphanies have come to me while blazing alone, just vibing and meditating. Of course, moderation is the key, balance is important in life no matter what we’re talking about. Throughout all the problems and stresses of life though, I can always light up a nice joint while listening to some great music and relax for a bit, leaving all of life’s problems behind, and that’s something too many people don’t value enough, those beautiful moments of pure peace of mind.
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R.A.P.” (RHYTHM AND POETRY)
Released November 20, 2011

R.A.P. (RHYTHM AND POETRY) was the first album I fully completed. It was released on November 20th, 2011, 5 days before my 17th birthday. Although I feel that my flow and writing skills have improved since then, I can’t help but admire the fire I had burning in me back in those days, the passion with which I can hear myself spit my rhymes over these beats. Back then I was only making music for the sake of it, because I loved it, and I had a huge collection of beats I’d accumulated, so I chose the ones which inspired me the most, which resonated with the lyrics and themes I explored in this tape, the chillest beats, the rawest or the jazziest beats. A lot of the ideas expressed in this tape marked the beginning of an amazing personal and spiritual journey for me, so while I was writing these rhymes I wasn’t concerned with making money, with how the tape would be released and all of that, but rather with sharing a concrete piece of art with the world, expressing my deepest thoughts and emotions through poetry and music. Honestly, I can say I succeeded in creating what I had in mind, but because the beats I used weren’t beats I’d purchased, I couldn’t post my music onto streaming services, so these deeply personal tracks couldn’t be released to a wider audience. Nevertheless, this album is very special to me since it marks the start of my discography, and so it remains available on YouTube and here on Bandcamp.