Artist Interview: The Class Rumors
Tell us about yourself and your music
I am an educator/author from Augusta Georgia. I have been teaching grades 6-12 for 15 years. I am a huge Jimi Hendrix enthusiast. I have been researching Hendrix for 20 years and wrote a book on him called, Nobody Cages Me in 2010. I am currently working on a more extensive book on Hendrix that will be out within a year. I put out a Hendrix inspired project with EV9, a multi-instrumentalist from SC. the project was called Jupiter Cannons, which took listeners on a musical journey, complete with spoken word interludes on Hendrix’s place among the musical greats.
Talk to us more about your latest release
My latest release is with a fellow teacher from Augusta named Earl G. Summers. We have called our group The Class Rumors, because we have both been in and out of classrooms our whole lives, either as teachers or students, and we also speak upon events in the classroom, that may be rumors, for those not in the know (non-teachers). We produce positive, but not corny hip-hop, that speaks to a person’s intellect, as well as their heart.
What inspired you to write this release?
This song Early is about two guys looking back at their lives from the standpoint of their early 30’s (EGS) and early 40’s (me). We wanted to look within ourselves and reflect on the progress we have or haven’t made.
Any plans to release a video?
Yes, although I’m not sure if we will do a video on this song. we have a release coming out called: Case for Our Lives that should make a great video. It is about the lopsidedness of the justice system and how it doesn’t always work for those without money.
Any plans to hit the road?
No plans yet, we still have 9 more songs to complete for our tentatively titled album, Not While I’m Thinking.
As an indie artist, how do you brand yourself and your music to stand out from the rest of the artists out there?
We try to come up with concepts and subject matter that nobody is talking about. it doesn’t even have to be controversial stuff. As long as people can relate to it, then it’s material that we can work with. I also think listeners respect artists that are not afraid to show you multiple sides of who you really are. For so long, we have seen artists in an unrealistic light. People are catching on, especially with social media. Being yourself nowadays goes a long way.
Who have you been listening to lately?
That new Jay-Z album 4:44 is really hitting me in a special place. That goes back to what I was saying about artists being themselves and taking away this manufactured veneer that the record company wants you to project. Jay-Z made one of the most honest albums I’ve ever heard.
Tell us about your passions
The acquisition of new knowledge. That could be new experiences, like traveling or trying new foods, or just going to the library and picking out an interesting book.
What else is happening next in your world?
In addition to completing this new album, book, and forthcoming video, I also want to make two mixtapes. One mixtape will feature a hip-hop history of Jimi Hendrix, using his music for rap samples. I want young kids to be able to relate to Hendrix on their level. The other mixtape will be under my Dr. Samplestein moniker. It will feature my classic funk samples.
Thanks for an awesome interview, Corey!
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