Blending Hip-Hop and Country Together Effectively: A Talk With Tim Chance (Part I)

Tim Chance is a genre-blending, songwriting, performing, producing freak of nature. One listen to any of his recordings and you realize you are experiencing something truly unique and special. One live show experience and you are a fan for life. He was the first “Country-Hip Hop” style performer from Nashville, he since helped develop numerous artists in the genre, and has been embraced from Music Row to the LA streets. USA Today even said that this Nashville phenomenon “Raps faster than Twista, but to dueling style banjos…”

I had the privilege to sit down with Tim Chance, an artist who has worked with various big name starts in the country and hip-hop industry. Blending together hip-hop and country, Chance has created something unique with his music.

The interview has been divided into two parts due to its length. You can read part one behind the cut.

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Reflecting Back This September With Earth, Wind, & Fire

(Originally written on September 30.)

Its the end of September! We saw the transition of a hot, sticky summer to the cold, rainy autumn — well, at least in Japan! This September was a magical month as I achieved all my goals and created new outlets for my content.

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What Hot Drink Will “Really Get You Goin'” This Fall?

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It is finally fall/autumn! A magical season that is filled with so many things: fleece jackets, pumpkin spice, sweet potatoes, Thanksgiving, and gorgeous autumn scenery.

But, we are missing the most important thing of all: HOT DRINKS!

Yes, ’tis the season for those warm, delicious drinks that fill your insides and soul with warmth. What are your favorite hot drinks? Mine is hot tea, especially chai from Starbucks or flavored tea. Tea is a wonderful drink as it beneficial to our health as we enter the cold and flu season.

If you don’t know the different types of hot drinks, don’t worry. This 80s’ song from a famous American fast food chain got you covered.

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“I Gotta Get It”: Striving for Our Aspirations

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“Gotta Get It”

When you hear this phrase, what does it mean for you? Does it mean to get a newly released frappuccino at Starbucks after work? Or, working hard towards your dream so you can get what you desire? For me, I have a lot of thoughts and aspirations. My short-term goal is to study hard for the Japanese Business exam I have to take in November and passing that. And then, one of the long-term goals is figuring out what I want to do next year (and life). Do I want to be a teacher or do I want to change careers and go into a Japanese speaking environment? Or do I want to do something else in life?

Whether it is achieving short-term or long-term goals, we had those moments where we have to get it. But how about others? What do the others that surround us want?

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Experiencing Healthy Insanity: “Go Insane” by Lindsey Buckingham

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Many legendary musicians have had excellent albums in today’s modern world. In this age, many would know of the pop-rock band Fleetwood Mac that rose to fame in the late 70s. Some knew the band since their formation in the late 60s. Some, like myself, grew up listening to the band’s songs thanks to their parents playing the songs on the car radio. Recently, a whole new generation was introduced to Fleetwood Mac when the Marvel film Garden of the Galaxy II included their hit song “The Chain” on the movie’s soundtrack. Thanks to Marvel, a new generation would at least know one song from this legendary band.

If I would conduct a poll on the streets of America and ask the question “Who is in Fleetwood Mac?”, many would answer Stevie Nicks. But, how about the other members? Stevie Nicks did have a prolific solo career in the 80s. But what about the other members, do they too have a successful and well-off solo career?

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What Is Your Go-to Song for Feeling Good and Being Positive?

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It’s already August! Can’t you believe it!? Time has flown by. Before I begin, I want to thank everyone who came and visited my blog last month. This blog had 1,200 views for July, and I can’t thank you guys a lot! If you haven’t had a chance to see it, I am still looking for feedback, and I am giving away a free CD to five lucky people who fill out the survey. Check out the details here.

I recently had to work six-day work weeks. To de-stress from working too much, I been listening to more jazz; either classic or smooth. I love jazz, more so the smooth jazz type, as it is soothing, exciting, and fascinating.  Jazz has that element that can soothe the listener’s soul while exciting their souls, quenching it for more. Any type of jazz (classic, smooth, fusion) is never dull, it is the opposite! Don’t you feel the same way?

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Reminiscing About Jem and How the Show’s Songs are Still Catchy

Since last week, I have been watching episodes of the 80s’ cartoon show Jem (and the Holograms) daily. Although I was born about a year after the last episode aired, it wasn’t hard to learn about the show, thanks to Wikipedia and other sources. I have been enjoying the show due to it being a 80s’ cartoon (and I am a huuuuuuuuuuge fan of this decade). But, the characters are also interesting, and the plots are simple to understand yet amusing. However, the best part of Jem is the music.

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