Being good is just not enough anymore.
It’s official, hip-hop is middle aged. It’s seen extraordinary amounts of commercial and underground success and has had more than its share of justified and unjustified critics. It's to the point that with a little bit of searching, you can find whatever subject you can imagine within the art form. As the age old adage goes, “there is nothing new under the sun”, and rap is no exception as close to everything has been done. However, all is not done well...
Raised in Pine Bluff, Epiphany — born Chane Morrow — is a graduate of Stanford University, where he studied mechanical engineering. But around age 21, he started rapping, and for the past decade he’s honed his skills with a debut album eight years ago, a string of mixtapes and single releases, and live performances all over the Southern United States. His hip-hop shows are extremely professional and polished — he’s performed hundreds of times in the last several years, and it shows — and they even feature a full live band as often as his bandmates are available. He also hosts hip-hop events, parties and shows of all types (The Peabody Rooftop Party and The Chill Party series in Little Rock, for example). While his shows feature many of his popular originals, Epiphany also covers a wide variety of popular urban hits and classics, many led by his talented back-up singers. Epiphany has opened for such international hip-hop stars as TI, Snoop Dogg, 8Ball & MJG, and Ne-Yo, and he has performed at legendary venues such as Fayetteville’s George’s Majestic Lounge, University of Arkansas’ Barnhill Arena (former home of the 1994 national championship Razorback basketball team), as well as at Little Rock’s Revolution Music Room and Juanita’s.
His new album has received rave reviews from music critics: Arkansas Times critic and editor Lindsey Millar: “If Epiphany’s new release, Such is Life, doesn’t push him into the national conversation, there will be one explanation: Only the lucky succeed. This doesn’t mean that he’s traded introspection for paint-by-numbers rhymes, he’s managed the rare feat of existential hip-hop that you’d want to party to.”
“Such Is Life … is the work of an experienced hip-hop artist. And the experience shows, Because as we said before, it's just not enough to be good anymore, so as Epiphany is proving, when "doing you" is done correctly, only greatness can be the result.