Orlando-based rapper/singer E-Turn released her third full-length, Young World, this past fall on Fake Four Inc. Backed by the soulful, melodic boom bap of Swamburger (Solillaquists of Sound), E-Turn utilizes a multitude of deliveries and croons to issue a call to arms against the maladies of modernity.
While early returns of the digital age are awash with tales of rampant greed, cruelty, and alienation, E-Turn expresses hope that the tools at our disposal can be used for the greater good of humanity. And Hip Hop, at its best, can play its part. Entertainment helps us forget ourselves. Art helps us remember ourselves.
E-Turn grew up amongst mixed cultures. Her father came from Iran to America during the revolution, and her mom, a San Diegan of hispanic/native descent, had a volatile upbringing. E began singing at a very young age, rapping in 7th grade, performing with a cover band at 17, and then hitting the Hip Hop open mic circuit at the age of 19. Now, she’s touring in the U.S. and Europe, and has shared the stage with several iconic artists including KRS-One, Wu-Tang, Talib Kweli, Mobb Deep, Naughty By Nature, Haiku d’Etat (Aceyalone, Myka 9, Abstract Rude), Murs, and more. She’s also toured with indie Hip Hop veterans DJ Abilities, Dessa, The Chicharones, Solillaquists of Sound, Abstract Rude, Blueprint, Count Bass D, Ceschi, and Grayskul.
Drawing influence everywhere from Mos Def to Stevie Nicks, E’s writing conveys urgency, mindfulness, and resilience in the face of pain. Her gritty, impassioned delivery will not only captivate you, it’ll leave you wanting more. For many lost in the now, viewing life through a screen like a porthole on a sinking ship, E-Turn offers hope that we can rise to the surface and find something real and lasting.
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