Willy D «College Spark» Album Release
with Cam Boh
Friday, April 20 at MilkBoy ArtHouse
$5 ($10 for under 21)
8pm doors | 9pm show
College Park has a reputation. Rowdy, rough, at times, cruel, but at the same time, crazy fun. Yes, it’s a college town, but not in a typical sense. It feels lost somewhere almost directly in between a big East Coast city, and non-descript suburb. College Park has at times been referred to by outsiders as “College Spark,” a derogatory poke at fires set at riots on Route 1 after big wins. The town can be a bit dramatic, there are moments of bliss and there are moments of ever-present danger. And everyone knows it, so even the smallest wins are a reason to celebrate.
21-year old performing artist Willy D re-appropriates the term “College Spark” into a fist-pumping triumph with his eponymous debut mixtape. It’s college rap, but it’s not all about partying; it’s about trying to figure life out in the 2018 college environment. Of course, partying happens, and when it does, it’s a blast, but it’s not taken for granted. The “College Spark” mixtape embodies College Park’s special brand of ennui-spiked-with-enthusiasm in a new light. One that ultimately feels optimistic and fresh.
Willy D has been surrounded by music at a young age, and started playing piano at the age of 10. It wasn’t until the summer of 2015 that he began to find a way to express himself with his own sound with the help of his producer, asiagod. Both UMD undergrads, the two worked together at late hours, often slipping out of social events and parties, to pull together beats and lyrics in an almost stream-of-consciousness fashion.
The release of “College Spark” has been turning heads with its diversity of sounds and genre-hopping. At the live performances, which thus far happen in random College Park basements, the energy is tangible and raw. The music is made by College Park, for College Park and the listeners feel that; but the message and appeal is universal.
Come check out the first club performance of “College Spark” at MilkBoy ArtHouse on 4/20.
Raised in Olney, Maryland, rapper/poet CamBoh combines new wave energy and crafty lyrics to create an embracive live music atmosphere. With inspiration from artists such as Lil Uzi Vert, Drake, Bob Marley and John Mayer, the 21 year-old entertainer has created an intense live performance that focuses on the vibe. CamBoh has been producing music and collaborating with other artists since 2013. He finds inspiration for his music from his late sister, Cashen Bohlander, who loved music and live entertainment. He has performed with Willy D on his “College Spark” live performance tour while working closely with Willy D and Asiagod on their next project. CamBoh will be performing alongside Dre Waves and YungSwish. Be ready to turn up on 4/20!