Allen B believes music should have no limits or boundaries which is why he formed his own production company to create a unique style of music. That one-of-a-kind style can be found in the songs on his new EP called “Gypsy King,” which feature futuristic, sometimes even haunting, instrumentals behind voices that seek to send a message and bring out an emotional response in the listener.
One track on the EP, “Do You Believe” features a consistent beat behind an almost pleading voice asking the listeners to think about what they believe and who might be lying to them in life.
“‘Do you Believe,’ really it just came to me in the mind about life, about what we do with every day,” Allen said. “When you go to work, whether you’re working remotely, you’ve always got to report to somebody in some way. When you’re living in a day-to-day basis, do you believe everything people are telling you all the time? If the answer is no, then why is that going on?
“The way the world is seen, is the best music being heard or is selected music being heard? When I was singing ‘Do You Believe,’ I wanted people to know that it’s from the heart.”
Even the title of the EP, “Gypsy King,” has a message behind it, Allen said.
“I wanted to get people to think about those two elements,” he said. “Gypsy, someone who is known as a nomad, a wanderer of the land, very mysterious people, typically you don’t know who a gypsy is. They are a people who are one with the land, one with the earth, and they move around
“Then the King, everyone knows a king is a leader and everyone sees a king as someone who has high stature. So someone who is a wanderer of high stature, but he’s wandering among people. There are people around you who are doing great things that you don’t acknowledge, but it’s because you don’t see them in the fashion that you’re used to.”
Allen said he was originally from New Orleans, grew up in Los Angeles and went to school at Santa Monica High School. He excelled in track during his high school year.
“I don’t tell most people I was a high school All-American in track,” Allen said. “I ran a 10.3 in the 100, you can go back to the records and verify it. I beat Reggie Bush, I beat Allyson Felix’s brother, Wes Felix, he knows it. I have a picture of me and Allyson Felix in high school. She was running for LA Baptist in high school. I knew she was special. I knew she was going to be a champion, she was going to the Olympics.”
Allen attended Southern University, but like many college students, he had trouble figuring out what he wanted to do in life.
He teamed with a friend, Leland Stein IV, to create a style of performing arts called Alter Ego, which he called “a self-expression performing art form.”
“A lot of people don’t know when things like that happen and your opportunities get snatched from you, you need to have another direction you can go,” Allen said. “Fortunately for me, I already sharpened my tools and I already had things I was able to do such as music and business and stuff like that.”
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