Stay Spoke: Path P
PATH P’S BIO:
PATH P (Positioned At The Highest Point), aka Colin Lawton, is a lyricist/artist born & raised in Brooklyn, NY. P’s music is a culmination of thoughts put on paper that reflect his everyday life, the people and instances involved and how they influence him. His lyrics are said to reflect his want for justice, righteousness, or just pure expression of lyrical capability and creativity.
“It’s Human Music.”
Writing rhymes off and on since the age of 16 with the inspiration of longtime friend, Ganz Gutta, PATH P officially realized the love and passion for making music, particularly Hip Hop, back in 2008 and has since embarked on the career path to bring his brand of socially aware and creatively charged hip hop to the forefront of the worldwide masses.
Since ’08, upon connecting and building a long standing relationship with fellow music artist and producer, Mario “Thre3” Rivera III, PATH and Thre3 have developed as a match made in musical heaven; with PATH’s lyrics and delivery marrying Thre3’s beats with conviction they managed to create a sonic experience not as common in today’s Hip Hop scene. As a result, their debut collaborative LP, “LifeInTheRealestHue” (released in May of 2014) garnered them “award-winning” status, as the project earned the title of “Best Rap Album/East Coast” from The Akademia Music Awards in April of 2015. Since then the duo have release an EP “The Heal” in March 2015 and more recently, the sophomore LP, “INDIGO” on June, 19, 2016.
INDIGO serves as a galactic soundboard of self and external awareness, lyrically, melodically and socially potent in content. INDIGO picks up where PATH’s debut effort, LifeInTheRealestHue, left off in telling a well-rounded story of reflection, personal roller coasters of pain, love, internal plight, empowerment peace, celebration and liberation.
PIECE TITLED: For Akai
The performance piece for this episode is a reflection based on and dedicated to the murder of Akai Gurley, killed back in November of 2014 by rookie police officer, Peter Liang, during vertical patrol of Akai’s building complex in East New York, Brooklyn. Liang negligently and fatally shot Gurley as Gurley, unarmed, was coming down the staircase of the building, turning the corner as Liang was making his way up. Gurley was unjustly killed as Liang, against protocol, walked with his gun unholstered and fired shots without provocation. Since the incident, which was rightfully deemed as manslaughter, Liang was found convicted and initially sentenced to prison until DA Ken Thompson motioned for the judge to overturn the ruling and only offer community service as punishment for his crime. This motion was, thus granted, as a result of petitions requesting so in Liang’s favor.
Akai Gurley did not have to die on Nov. 20, 2014. And even more so, he deserves justice. This piece reflects on one of the many, ongoing and painful realities of being black in America, yet and still, in 2016, and no one is exempt, essentially, from such racial discrimination and injustice.
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