“I want to introduce a darker element of rap combined with a positive message.”
“When I was 14, I used to watch K Dot rap battles on YouTube every night until it was time for school, and I was floored by it. I also just love watching people freestyle.”
“I started writing poetry at 7 years old, because I saw a poem in a kids magazine I was subscribed to and I wrote it down and convinced my whole family that I wrote it. They were proud of me, and I liked that. So I started writing for real after that.”
Commentary by Angel Fabre Words and music by ORA77K
Two weekends ago I attended MOCA’s teen night, where I watched a live performance by Ora77k. The stage was cleared for her set, but she took up the empty space with her consistent amounts of energy and demanding stage presence. Underneath the tall multi-colored lights, you could see her dancing a long to her own music which influenced the crowd to dance with her. I noticed that the crowd was less focused on moshing and was actually paying attention to the lyrics, engaging in her performance. In this time period of music, Ora77k’s rapping style and production prove to be unique.
WORDS FROM ORA77K:
“My music is a reflection of my muddled thoughts. I like writing because I can actually think about what I want to say. Every time I speak out loud I find myself choking on words. Those words look better on paper, or on my phone’s notes lol
Performing has really helped me come out of my shell, for the most part. Most of the time I feel lost in the crowds I surround myself with; all these art kids want to be the center of attention. Which is understandable, but due to that, I find myself constantly feeling dismissed when it comes to my ideas. When I’m performing, it just feels like.. yeah, bitch it’s my turn.
I get inspired by conversations, mostly. Not even profound ones, just dialogue with rhythm. Other times I’m just inspired by lingering experiences.
It’s kind of funny because I’m not even really into rap like that. Lately a lot of people have been asking me who my favorite rapper is, and they expect me to say some underground modern rapper but usually all I can come with is Eminem and Earl Sweatshirt. And the reactions I get from that is priceless.
I don’t consider myself a rapper, at all. I’m just a weird kid who can spit sometimes. My music is a canvas. A sound canvas. Every time I channel a beat, a melody, it’s like picking up a paintbrush.”
“I like making pretty music, because I like hearing pretty music. Like songs with airy sounds and tons of reverb. I’ve always tried to make music like that, and it sounds even cooler to combine it with rap. I’m actually a lot more into rap than I give myself credit for though. When I was 14, I used to watch K Dot rap battles on YouTube every night until it was time for school, and I was floored by it. I also just love watching people freestyle.
There have been long periods of time, like now, where I have a lot of free time and I try my best to make sure that when I hang out with friends, we’re doing something productive. Productivity, to me, doesn’t always have to mean making stuff, it could also mean in taking stuff. Like attending local art shows, or anything that could provide some sort of insight.
Downtown is where I find insight. These buildings speak to me.
I never like to be inside, ever. Home is overrated.
Outside is where the juice is.
Im a hobo with a home, and I wear it well.
I enjoy looking like a mess, because this generation will just call it “aesthetic” when in reality I’m just gross and hate showering.”
“Whenever I’m alone, which is a lot, I’ll pack up a notebook, a sharpie, my speaker, my iPod, and skate to downtown. I’ve made so many songs at the Westin Bonaventure. It’s my safe space. I’m really deep and pretentious-sounding 100% of the time. I like to find meaning in everything. Sometimes I sob at cool posts on Instagram. I think being in touch with feelings isn’t lame at all. I cry rivers of tears so deep that they reach my cuffed pants.
That was a joke.
I want to change up the scene, and I know I will. My music has layers to it. Ever since I started getting really into the process of making my beats, it’s changed the way I think about my music. It’s more than lyrics now. I started writing poetry at 7 years old, because I saw a poem in a kids magazine I was subscribed to and I wrote it down and convinced my whole family that I wrote it. They were proud of me, and I liked that. So I started writing for real after that.
In 5th grade I placed 2nd in a poetry competition. I should have gotten first and everyone knew it. I’ve always been super serious about my words.
When I was 16, I was sent to a juvenile detention center for 2 weeks. In those 2 weeks, I read a book about poetry, of course, and I admired the author’s style. She combined humor with beauty, voicing a collection of words that had nothing to do with each other. She seemed free. And that’s exactly what I wanted to be.”
“This new project I posted is called No Twelve because of my constant use of the phrase “f@#$ 12” and the logo I always draw to represent it. My good friend, Rene Aguilar Weber, actually gave me the idea to create a complete project.
Initially, he was helping me out in the studio with it, managing me and providing me with his equipment. Later, I realized that I work a lot faster than I give myself credit for, so every time I’d come to the studio, I always had something new to cut. So I decided to just leave all of my songs as they are, and that it would be really sick to release a project straight from my iPod. It feels right and true to myself.”
“I named myself ORA77K about a year and a half ago, when I posted the first song I ever rapped on. Back in my indie angsty guitar days, I’d call myself Kllaro. Before that, I was working with a group and suggested Kllaro as a band name. It didn’t stick with anyone except me, so I kept it. When I started rapping I wanted to still be Kllaro, just kind of like, hardcore Kllaro. ORA77K is KLLARO backwards, but the L’s are upside down.
In my project No Twelve, there are two songs by Kllaro, the softer side of me. Midnight Crisis is an ORA77KLLARO song; that’s where I become one with myself.”
“Arithmophobia is my favorite. The original song is around 5 minutes long, but I cut it short because it serves as an even better introduction. It was originally called Arithmophobia (Ex, Why?) Like, (x,y) the coordinates. Arithmophobia is the fear of numbers. The whole song is basically about how I can’t seem to end it with any of my old lovers.
I wrote this song while I was helping a friend study for her math quiz. She said she was afraid of numbers, so I looked up the word for it, and voila. I think she failed it. But this song rocks.”