By Darnell Wilburn
With a decidedly upbeat, electric-infused dance vibe, CC MadCap’s newly released EP just bops its way casually through the preliminary days of autumn. The lyrics are lighthearted and playful, yet they can also be insightful and sharp, cunning and dark. The result, MadCap’s Paradox is an alluring concoction of melody and rhyme to satiate the restless soul. MadCap described his work, “The concept is all about love. I know that sounds cliché, but the core of the album is about love, so there’s no way around it. I named it Paradox because love is a paradox. It’s happy and sad, sometimes at the same time and one can’t escape it. So you’re stuck there, some place between the joy and the sadness. It’s all emotional, with great vocals.”
CC MadCap — real name Chris — is a quiet soul. He saves most of his enthusiasm for his music and Xbox. Originally from Raleigh, NC, His love of music runs deep, stemming from a household that brimmed with the resonance of the piano—which he learned from his father alongside his brother 3rrdy. He’s spent the last 10 years working as a music producer, finding his way to Atlanta and accumulating a decent client list. Notable highlights include Chris Brown, Akon, lil Wayne, R. Kelly and Fallon and Felisha of early 2000’s group Cherish. Fallon and Felicia handled all of the songwriting for the EP as well as the bulk of the vocals. Armand Williams contributed his voice to the inquisitive anthem “Where did you go?”
Full disclosure, MadCap is a good friend of mine, stretching back several years. This record marks his coming out as an artist from behind the boards and the anonymity most producers enjoy. It’s a defining moment. MadCap explained the impetus for making such a bold move, “(There was) no real reason other that being in control over the music I produce and am apart of. I have hundreds of songs done for artists, and great music that will never see the light of day and kills the motivation of any creative person. Now, I’m able to say it’s done and I want people to hear it. Just being in control of all aspects—that feels good. For the last three years, I’ve been focusing on getting my solo project off the ground. Excited to have my new EP out. Oh, and I’m dropping a full length album January 2017.”
MadCap said, “I listen to a variety of music, I’m driven by all types of pop music, but I also listen to a lot of Alt Rock, Slow New Wave and such. I get influenced and inspired by listening to a variety of different genres, so I’m really all over the board.” Needless to say, expect a diverse array of projects from MadCap in the near future, including more collaborations and genre blending soundscapes.
Paradox is available everywhere you stream or download music.
https://soundcloud.com/ccmadcap https://www.pandora.com/cc-madcap/paradox-ep https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/paradox-ep/id1153338041 https://open.spotify.com/artist/15dNoiJN9LByTybg5Esp69 http://tidal.com/album/64810978