Athens Underground Rapper, Lapetz, Comes Out With New Single

Athens Underground Rapper, Lapetz, Comes Out With New Single

New single, entry into the music industry, and hopes for the future

Born on the west side of Athens, Georgia and current UGA attendee, Tristan Lapetz is not just another college student. Although he studies Psychology, his real passion is in his music.

As a rapper, Lapetz is unusually humble, especially for a genre usually associated with ostentatious behavior and luxurious lifestyles. He describes himself as introverted and enjoys examining poetry, stories, and psychology, which encourages his music. Lapetz entered college with a goal of becoming a Mechanical Engineer but switched the first day to Psychology and Music Business.

He knew those were deeper interests which could propel him to becoming a more successful musician. Now, as a senior in college, Lapetz intends to continue his career in both psychology and music, while one day aspiring to become a producer. To some surprise, Lapetz initially launched his musical pursuit as a Jimi Hendrix enthusiast. He began playing acoustic and electric guitar as he fell in love with the funky rock era, which blossomed into a deep interest in multi-genre music. As he got older, Laptez began writing poetry and eventually turned his poems into music. In high school, his friends encouraged him to begin rapping, as well.

His friends from Clarke Central High School used to freestyle on their front porch and produced music together on their laptops. Although his friends now live all around the country, Lapetz and his friends still communicate through a shared Google Doc of freestyle raps. This unconventional method has assisted Lapetz and his friends send their work back and forth in order to perfect it. He attributes his passion for rap to his high-school friends, who pushed him to continue writing and hip-hop icons, Eminem, Tupac and Kendrick Lamar, whose lyrics have touched him deeply. Lapetz noted that having a diverse background in music interest helps his production and helps him connect with other musicians.

For the past year, Lapetz has found interest in producing his own music. He admits that his EP and single were fully written and recorded in his room, but knows it is the most beneficial option for his music. He attributes a great number of thanks to The Globe recording studio for helping him master his EP. He noted their incredible talent for engineering music and improving his music in ways he was not as skilled at doing. This past year after spending some time in the summer working around music in Ohio, Lapetz decided that producing provided “full artistic creative control”. Since then, he has made all his own beats and plans to incorporate his guitar skills into his future work.

"Early Works" EP Art

You may have heard Tristan Lapetz referred to as just Lapetz if you've ever wandered into Hip-Hop night on the first Tuesday of the month at The World Famous, a local Athens bar. He recently began going to hip-hop night to observe the talent and fell head over heels for the atmosphere. He described his fellow musicians as "super welcoming and talented". When asked why he admired the group, he noted their love for the art of rapping while maintaining day-to-day jobs, which helped him decide to become an underground rapper himself. He says he appreciates the group's raw passion for music rather than the fame which accompanies it. He realized it was possible to have both a career in music and psychology because being well-known isn't the most important element of his music. Lapetz respects the performers at The World Famous because they "really inspire me to continue writing about real stuff and maintain my lyrical integrity. It's also pushed me to explore more local acts and appreciate the art form more,". In the future, Lapetz would love to begin performing at The World Famous' hip-hop night himself. He plans to continue writing poetry and rap while looking to do more collaboration work and performances around the Athens area to get a good grasp on being in front of many people. He is planning on putting out more EP's and to never go off the map, but until then, he is just looking forward to taking his finals and collecting his diploma.

In his newest single, Time Lines, Lapetz explains his beginning in rap. You can listen to it now on Spotify, Bandcamp, and Soundcloud.




Cover Image Credit: Tristian Lapetz

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To The Girl Struggling With Her Body Image

It's not about the size of your jeans, but the size of your heart, soul, and spirit.


To the girl struggling with her body image,

You are more than the number on the scale. You are more than the number on your jeans and dresses. You are way more than the number of pounds you've gained or lost in whatever amount of time.

Weight is defined as the quantity of matter contained by a body or object. Weight does not define your self-worth, ambition or potential.

So many girls strive for validation through the various numbers associated with body image and it's really so sad seeing such beautiful, incredible women become discouraged over a few numbers that don't measure anything of true significance.

Yes, it is important to live a healthy lifestyle. Yes, it is important to take care of yourself. However, taking care of yourself includes your mental health as well. Neglecting either your mental or physical health will inflict problems on the other. It's very easy to get caught up in the idea that you're too heavy or too thin, which results in you possibly mistreating your body in some way.

Your body is your special, beautiful temple. It harbors all of your thoughts, feelings, characteristics, and ideas. Without it, you wouldn't be you. If you so wish to change it in a healthy way, then, by all means, go ahead. With that being said, don't make changes to impress or please someone else. You are the only person who is in charge of your body. No one else has the right to tell you whether or not your body is good enough. If you don't satisfy their standards, then you don't need that sort of negative influence in your life. That sort of manipulation and control is extremely unhealthy in its own regard.

Do not hold back on things you love or want to do because of how you interpret your body. You are enough. You are more than enough. You are more than your exterior. You are your inner being, your spirit. A smile and confidence are the most beautiful things you can wear.

It's not about the size of your jeans. It's about the size of your mind and heart. Embrace your body, observe and adore every curve, bone and stretch mark. Wear what makes you feel happy and comfortable in your own skin. Do your hair and makeup (or don't do either) to your heart's desire. Wear the crop top you've been eyeing up in that store window. Want a bikini body? Put a bikini on your body, simple.

So, as hard as it may seem sometimes, understand that the number on the scale doesn't measure the amount or significance of your contributions to this world. Just because that dress doesn't fit you like you had hoped doesn't mean that you're any less of a person.

Love your body, and your body will love you right back.

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What The 2019 'Season Of The Crab' Means For Your Zodiac Sign

It could be a super emotional month for everyone.


It's officially summer, and that means it's time to dive into the watery depths of Cancer season on June 21. There is a different energy in the air; different from the vibe in Gemini season. Each sign can expect to notice its effects, whether they are obvious or more subtle.

Cancer season means you're probably going to feel more moody than usual. Maybe you're crying more often. Maybe you'll feel more dreamy and intuitive. Maybe you'll be more irritable. Whatever the case, it never hurts to know what you're about to get yourself into.

So what does Cancer season mean for you, based on your zodiac sign?

1. Cancer - 21 Jun to 22 Jul


Happy solar return, cutie crustacean!

This is one of the dreamiest times of the entire year for you, but lacking structure and planning could prove stressful. You're in an imaginative zone and you may not feel like settling down before chasing the stars, but you must think ahead so things will work out.

2. Leo - 23 Jul to 22 Aug


Cancer season will find you exploring who you want to become, and what you want to leave behind. With your season just around the corner, this is also a magical time for healing and exploring yourself. Journaling, creative pursuits, or talking things through are wonderful ways to nourish your soul.

3. Virgo - 23 Aug to 22 Sep


This Cancer season, you'll find that the stars and the moon are asking you to rest. You will be faced with many choices and decisions this month. Enjoy your time fostering whatever creativity comes to mind. Do not force yourself to go out if you're not feeling up to it. It's okay to be you and be alone sometimes.

4. Libra - 23 Sep to 22 Oct


Cancer season and Neptune retrograde begin on June 21, causing you to need to pause and reflect on your goals. Change can be uncomfortable, but every small shift brings us closer to our goals. Be willing to take a risk, and let the universe push you in the direction of happiness and adventure.

5. Scorpio - 23 Oct to 21 Nov


Cancer season finds you traveling and opening new doors of opportunity. Are you really gaining anything by holding onto the past so tightly, Scorpio? Set your sights on new dreams, and leave all those people and situations that are holding you back in your rearview mirror.

6. Sagittarius - 22 Nov to 21 Dec


The question Cancer season asks you now, Sag, is whether you'll run away from your past, cling on to it, or do the emotional work necessary to process it and let it go. Appreciate the memories you are making and try not to get too wrapped up in the little things that annoy you. This is a time for experimentation.

7. Capricorn - 22 Dec to 19 Jan


You love your deadlines and goals, but remember that taking care of your emotional health will ultimately help you be more efficient! Trust your intuition, take it slow, and use the energy for play and creativity rather than detailed planning.

8. Aquarius - 20 Jan to 19 Feb


Cancer season this year is all about being comfortable and doing what you know, so go ahead and stick to that. This is also a great time for you to check in with yourself when it comes to wellness and your habits.

9. Pisces - 20 Feb to 20 Mar


This Cancer season, the heightened emotion that is in the air will bring you natural happiness. Go out, have a wonderful night under the summer stars, and use your experiences for inspiration. It will reinvigorate your soul to be more creative and more adventurous.

10. Aries - 21 Mar to 19 Apr


Cancer season finds you focused squarely on your personal life. It's a wonderful time for an adventure. Go on that hike. Wake up early and drive to the beach. You'll feel an inclination to do it all-- and you can! Remind yourself that you are capable.

It will be hard to stay focused because the vibe just feels so good, but Neptune's retrograde brings intriguing messages to your dreams, so pay close attention to your inner voice at this time.

11. Taurus - 20 Apr to 20 May


Cancer season causes emotions to be even more extreme so you'll probably reach your breaking point this month, Taurus, but you are never alone in the problems that you face. Remember to control your temper long enough to cool off and take some relaxation for yourself.

Take a day off and drive around with the windows down. Take five days off and drive to the beach to hang out and reflect. Whatever it is that you need to feel better, it is time to do it this month.

12. Gemini - 21 May to 20 Jun


Cancer is a sign that's all about security and protection, and you're really feeling those vibes right now. Your confidence is running high, as you are feeling more in control of your life. Get rid of the elements in your life that won't propel you forward.

Just as the moon and ocean cycle, so do we. Cancer is that strong energy that gets you up in your feels; it's sure to be a ride.

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