Who remembers the good old ‘MySpace’ days and even as far back as Xanga or AsianAvenue? Then along came YouTube, founded in 2005, and the world opened up for kids all around the world that wanted to share their silly skits, rants, vlogs, and music. To me, growing up as an Asian-American, I never really saw ‘cool’ Asian characters on TV or in music videos. Asian girls in particular were usually portrayed as submissive and easy sexual targets. Asian guys usually played the push-over or ‘geeky’ characters. Of course, those roles are still shown in the media today. But I think tools like YouTube and other social media devices collectively opened up new platforms for kids like me to be heard, and has allowed us to show our various characters - Timothy Delaghetto, Dumbfoundead, AJ Rafael, J.R. Aquino, NigaHiga etc.
With that said, one day I was on ‘YouNow,’ a live broadcasting web application that allows users to run their own live video broadcasts...when I met a young lady that goes by the name Ca$aNoVa. She saw that I rapped, we conversed about music, and even had a dual ‘jam session’ through YouNow, while many viewers watched. (The internet can be an amazing place sometimes.) It’s been about a year since then and Ca$aNoVa and I have kept in touch via social media. Ca$aNoVa is an aspiring singer/rapper from the island of Guam; she is currently back on Guam after living in Arizona briefly. As a fan of all musical genres, Ca$aNoVa brings heavy elements of pop and techno, along with hip hop/rap influences into her songs. Her lyrics are deep and personal, but also share stories of love and other topics. This week’s “Track Tuesday” segment features Ca$aNoVa’s newest track “Rewind.”
Produced by FlipTunesMusic, “Rewind” is a love song based on a true experience that happened to Ca$aNoVa. Pop and R&B are the primary elements on the track, but features rap-styled verses by Ca$aNoVa and Rezzo. “The song talks about meeting someone for the first time and not knowing when you will see them again, so you want to take it back to the moment you met,” said Ca$aNoVa. Ca$aNoVa is still at the very beginning of her musical journey, but this artist has already accomplished so much personally, having recently competed in the 2016 Mission Underground Live Cypher draft. Mission Underground is a Team Backpack event, that was held in Brooklyn, New York.
It’s amazing how the internet and music enables artists to connect regardless of physical locations. It’s also cool to see my fellow Asian people like myself and Ca$aNoVa get recognition for our talent and swagger, which we should’ve been getting all along. Lol. Check out more of Ca$aNoVa’s music on her Soundcloud.
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