Old Man Saxon spent 2014 living out of his car while pursuing his rap career. He slept in the backseat of his Ford Explorer, showered at gyms, ate Happy Meals twice a day, and worked nights at a restaurant to keep money in his pocket. Every night, he wrote lyrics to keep his mind off the daily struggles. Over the course of the year, he wrote hundreds of songs, recorded about 30, and selected four songs that best captured the year—a defining moment in his life and career—for his new album, The Perils. The music video for the title track of the album is directed by Anthony Yano Hays. His goal was to truthfully and powerfully portray the indescribable loneliness, anxiety, and vulnerability that Old Man Saxon felt while being homeless. Netflix’s new series Rhythm + Flow is the first televised talent competition dedicated exclusively to hip-hop and rap. With rap icons Cardi B, Chance the Rapper and Tip “T.I.” Harris as judges, the show seeks to discover hip-hop’s best unknown talent by holding auditions in Los Angeles, New York, Chicago and Atlanta. (Los Angeles is the filming location; the other cities are the judges’ respective home towns.) Although Denver was snubbed in the casting tour, two local rappers managed to make it onto the show anyway: Old Man Saxon and Jakob Campbell. Old Man Saxon, aka Saxon Kincy, started rapping as an eleven-year-old at Denver’s Smiley Middle School. “I would rap-battle at lunch,” he remembers. “I was relatively quiet, but I saw the attention that I got being able to put words together. Eventually it grew into not doing it for attention, but because I found some sort of peace in it.” After graduating from the University of Colorado Boulder, he moved to Los Angeles and has been making music professionally for about eight years. Nonetheless, he spent most of 2014 living out of his car — but he used his experience with homelessness as inspiration for his first official EP, Perils. Before recently moving back to Colorado, Kincy was a professor of rap at the Musicians Institute in L.A. His boss there, Debra Byrd, had been a voice coach for several television programs, and told him about Rhythm + Flow. Score tickets to see his show live at Marquis Theatre Thursday, November 14th.
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