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#PHATreview #TLwilliams @T_L_Williams “Gettin Mo’ Money Than You” #CHICAGOedition
Sometimes just for no reason at all you happen upon really great music. With this artist T.L. Williams I did just that. I first came into contact with T.L. Williams at the A Safe Haven Run for Homelessness concert. This young brother with the trumpet was endorsed by Chicago’s very own Rhyme Fest, which was truly a gift.
The title track from his EP by the same name “Getting Mo’ Money Than You” was fun with an infectious baseline at the start that makes the listener enjoy the sounds of the trumpet all the more. The lyrics to “Getting Mo’ Money” were simple but real; especially in a world where people give props to their haters. At least T.L. Williams told us why they were hating: “Because I get more money then you”. I can ‘t say enough about the trumpet solo in this song except that it is a masterful work.
The second song an all instrumental track “Get On Down” comes off as lazy at first. Then as T.L. Williams and his trumpet pick up it gives you a reminder that this guy even though he raps and halfway sings, he is genuinely a trumpet player. And he seems his most comfortable allowing the trumpet to ride the instrumental. T.L. and his trumpet are something serious.
The last track “Dinner and a Movie” is one of those positive feel good songs. The people who he brings along on this ride J. Will, Dame-O and Jus Cuz made this song move. Not only was the message positive but the lyrics were honest and funny. Simply asking a girl out to a dinner and a movie and letting her know that there are no ulterior motives was a great way to introduce this artist to listeners. It would be nice to hear a remix with Milly Mango giving an answer to this question.
It only took mainstream radio in Chicago nine months to catch on to T.L. Williams but the Stepper Sets, Social Clubs, Mom and Pop Taverns and Internet Radio knew what radio didn’t. Quality music comes from a place down deep. Sometimes a place where a trumpet speaks volumes. I give this EP “Getting Mo’ Money” 3 dollar signs. It’s a great buy.