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Faith is something that MC, producer and Interdependent Media (iM) owner Evan “TRUTHLiVE” Phillips understands. The name “TRUTHLiVE” came from a traumatic teen experience that saw Phillips undergo three heart surgeries to control his rare condition of supraventricular tachycardia. Amidst a lot of doubt on his life, the artist and entrepreneur says he had an epiphany on how to devote his time on earth. “Live truth. Truth life,” he says were the exact words of the awakening. Thus, TRUTHLiVE. Often misleading to new listeners, he corrects “I’m not proclaiming myself as the truth, end-all be-all, it’s more of a reminder to myself as how to conduct my life, and my career.” The MC best summates, “My music is my truth and my life.” That meaningful music arrives in the form of Patience, TRUTHLiVE’s debut release, coming in the spring of this year. TRUTHLiVE’s career began as what he deems a “bedroom DJ and garage MC” for over a decade. Developing through the battle circuit, TRUTHLiVE surprised his peers as the DJ snuck behind a microphone and made his writing and rapping abilities known to the public. Besides just school friends, TRUTHLiVE joined Shaya and Eyezon (both iM artists today) in selling homemade CDs hand-to-hand in Southern California. “That’s what made me drop out of college, that’s what made me go for my dream,” says the artist today of his ventures in being a professional musician at the grassroots level. In the years since, the emcee revisited his youth as a DJ and developed a sense for production. Having moved back to the northern part of the state, TRUTHLiVE performed frequently, sharing stages with Common, Murs and Hieroglyphics. Now a complete artist, after years of dedicated fine-tuning, “The whole thing has been a growing process to get it to the point where it was something that was totally me, still raw, but more mature and polished,” he says of his arrival Patience. “We hold the late ‘90s underground hip-hop era in such high regard, that we never really left that era. We’re still living that golden era of independent hip-hop. My own path has just taken so long to get to this path that I’m on now. That’s us paying dues, and I’m still paying dues,” says TRUTHLiVE about his direction and inspiration, as well his respect for the culture. With nearly 100 songs completed for the album, the work also lends itself for listeners to track that process with a promotional EP to set-up for the album. It is through this free, digitally-available release that TRUTHLiVE will showcase his production skills. This also allows fans to process the emcee’s unique approach while he locks in a date among his roster of artists. As longtime fans and new followers get acquainted through the EP, The Unlearning features production from respected names including The Are (K-Otix, EMC), Tha Bizness (50 Cent, Lil Wayne), Vitamin D (Redman, Lifesavas) and J-Zone (Biz Markie, Cage, Incredibad). “They’re better at it than I am,” admits TRUTHLiVE, “and my emceeing is stronger my production, and I don’t really have time to hone that craft when I’m doing all this other stuff.” There is much to be done for TRUTHLiVE and iM, but with a unique mission and perspective, both entities breathe truth and life to where it’s so sorely lacking. For his retail release Patience he says “It was more of a natural evolution, it wasn’t necessarily a concept record that I set out to do.” The title Patience is simple taken from the length of time it took to complete the project. With the album entirely produced by Jake One he feels fortunate to work with the producer of his caliber.

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Faith is something that MC, producer and Interdependent Media (iM) owner Evan "TRUTHLiVE" Phillips understands. Living through three heart surgeries, “Live truth. Truth life,” has become his motto and is evident in every aspect of his music. His highly anticipated debut album... Read More →

Thursday March 17, 2011 10:10pm - 11:10pm
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