What is your Heaven…?


Verse One
Heaven, is a mysterious place. Some spend their whole life caught up in a chase, in a hustle, in a struggle, in search of a mind state; never really taking the time to self evaluate.
Heaven, is it figurative or literal? A parable to match all these stories that are biblical? Enlightenment? Heightening of senses we’re given? Somewhere along the lines of alchemy and spiritualism?
I want: Heaven, to not only be a part of me but something I can help my sisters and brothers achieve. Fighting all these demons, must be something watching, but with superficial religions I cannot link!
Heaven, out of reach? Prove it to me plainly. Otherwise I’m waiting on the next plane to leave. Passport, backpack, plus tons of foreign land. Count me in. The Traveling Man…

We got goals and some plans to match. No excuses if it’s in our hands. We got faith even if it’s not the same. Passionate actions change the game.

Verse Two
Jotting down thoughts just to pick apart the writer’s block; couple of these conversations feels like I’m writing blogs. What inspires me? Do I see the irony? Is this really a lifestyle? Don’t you cherish privacy? Truth is I do this because it’s GOD given: Gaining Optimism Daily, hoping to make a difference, leave an imprint, goals from ambitions that otherwise never would’ve grown to fruition. Now that there is heaven on earth. Similar to the experience of being across the globe from your place of birth yet, still at home. Regardless of location, learning to atone. I want a piece of mind but don’t know which. Busy carving my own niche instead of being short lived. In an attempt toward thinking long term, I project with passion these obscure words.


Verse Three
Ambitions, goals we all strive toward. A babbling champion, campaigning, but what for? Check your hearts at the door. Lost, not yet found, the story of so many souls, regardless of the town. It’s become quite eclectic, with or without content, that sixth man on the bench. The shoulders we crawled upon, just to disrespect, the second we moved up from that ground floor. So catch me in the lobby moving forward toward providence. I keep a long list of those I’ve shared gratitudes with. Independent but never alone, I let the conscience collective decide where I roam. From home to Rome to wherever I touch next. No VIP necessary, make it easy to connect. Rocking whole sets in the crowd how I rep. Aware of my every step, knowing I’m blessed!
released 11 July 2014
Written by RAYCE
Cuts by DJ Special Cutz
Produced by Cookbook of LA Symphony
Recorded, Mixed and Mastered by Will Santos
Shoutout to Hardstep Records for entrusting me with this project.

Rayce – Heaven (Video)

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Rayce unveils his latest soulful offering with the video for the track, Heaven. Cookbook embellishes upon the soul by putting together a production that itself almost sounds preachy. We debuted the single a month or so ago but the visuals just accentuate the music. There’s a lot of artistry involved by just the scenery used and the venues chosen.

Be on the lookout for more music from Rayce as we will continue to support his endeavors.

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Challenge Day

I was blessed to have been able to participate in ‪#‎ChallengeDay‬ at ‪#‎HuenemeHighSchool‬.

For those of you that do not know what it is, this organization and their vision is definitely worth checking out. They help break down the walls we build, especially those fortified in our high school years, and encourage the youth to ‪#‎BeTheChange‬ in a very tangible way. The program has aired on both ‪#‎MTV‬ and ‪#‎Oprah‬.

Both my music and educational aspirations are geared toward this exact goal. I cannot express how much gratitude I have for being able to partake in the experience.

As a musician, as a young man and as a fellow human being, I was touched by their willingness to share and the depth of these young peoples’ stories.

Definitely ‪#‎TheLifestyleNotTheLabel‬


Single You Out: Rayce – Heaven (prod. by Cookbook)


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Rayce is easily one of my favorite young artists making music.   Ever since we started sharing his music last year, he has displayed amazing consistency in quality without any watered down material.   Rayce is also always a very introspective individual.   He’s not afraid to dig a little bit deeper than a lot of other artists.  If you don’t get, you just don’t get it.  Check a piece of his first verse:

Heaven, is it figurative or literal? A parable to match all these stories that are biblical? Enlightenment? Heightening of senses we’re given? Somewhere along the lines of alchemy and spiritualism?

The production is being catered by Cookbook from LA Symphony fame.

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REVIEW: A Traveling Man EP by Rayce


RAYCE- A Traveling Man EP 3.15.2014: The 805’s own Rayce hits the scene with an international/ collaborative effort with Shpaolin Malehico Rap of Croatia. As described on his Bandcamp page “The growth as a young man and maturing emcee can be heavily noted as Rayce addresses key situations that have impacted his life and the lives of those around him; such as touring overseas in Europe, the prolonged release of the EP due to incarceration and dealing with substance abuse issues, as well as the suicide of a near and dear friend of Rayce. However, that is not to say that it is an entirely dark project as much as it is a personal journey into the life of Rayce.”

From the jump, this is a solid project. With multiple hard hitting messages packaged into a 6 track EP, Rayce definitely connected with the people, as well as himself with this one. As mentioned in past reviews, the track listing is what makes a good project in my opinion. The song order really complimented this tape so the replay value is all there. Aside from the content, the production is insane! Smooth, Jazzy, Raw. The classic Hip Hop sound with a modern day twist. Croatia natives, Kex and Veki did an amazing job on the beats. I always loved Rayce’s beat selection, but this one was mad impressive. With only one emcee appearance from Will Santos & cuts by LiHai’s brother, Chris Carey, this tape wasn’t heavy on features. That added a lot more focus time in Rayce’s favor which was a great move for this specific project. With all of that being said, i urge y’all to cop “A Traveling Man” now. If you enjoy that vintage style Boom Bap this will suite your cd collection beautifully.

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