BOREGARD Releases Debut Project: TRUSTFALL EP

BOREGARD Releases Debut Project: TRUSTFALL EP

Boregard expresses his youthful enthusiasm with the maturity of a man with a defined vision

Bockarie Amara, better known by his stage name Boregard, is an Atlanta-based rapper and member of the hip-hop collective, Bassmint. The 21-year-old artist was especially popularized by his music video for “honey, did you know about this” and singles he has dropped over the past year, most notably "Knowwhatsup," “Obama," “action,” and “Jigsaw.” Now, Bo has finally meshed his creativity and skills together to birth his latest EP, Trustfall, released November 1st, 2016. Through this project, Boregard expresses his youthful enthusiasm with the maturity of a man with a defined vision.

While his musical content tends to focus on his thoughts and experiences, Boregard’s creative expression is authentic in maintaining his distinct character. Boregard is unintentionally goofy, but lyrically intelligent. His style rejects limitations, as he constantly embraces his lifestyle, African culture, and individuality. This is part of what makes Boregard both relatable and inspiring at the same time. Everyone, especially in this time of young adulthood, is searching for a meaning and a better understanding of oneself.

For Bo, making music is his “medicine,” an opportunity for him to be himself and express himself to others. While Bo stays true to his influences, he remains unique among a sea of upcoming and established Atlanta-based rappers. Boregard employs multiple elements into his music, mixing southern hip hop beats with pop energy, and even a little soul at times. His brand as an artist blends the explicitness of Kanye with the smooth-talking tones of Fabolous.

When asked about his thinking and general philosophy behind Trustfall, Bo had this to say:

“While creating this project, I experienced a wide range of emotions. This year, I truly began to see the world in it’s purest form. I don’t mean pure as in perfect, but pure as in unfiltered. The world is not a perfect place, and we are not perfect people. That leads me to believe that there is no singular perfect way to live your life. It seems like we are so content in following instructions, that when the opportunity to innovate arises, we find ourselves afraid or unprepared. I may be speaking for myself, but I do believe one thing: those who have achieved greatness made mistakes in the process, and those who have made mistakes are capable of achieving greatness. So why not trust your own judgment?"

Those are wise words for a young man. So, let's take a more in-depth look at the project.

INTEREST (prod. RXLVND)- At some point in a rapper’s career, the topic of money becomes pressing enough to talk about. This song is a more laid-back and subtle expression of Bo's business and street acumen. It is stylized with softer vibes on a simpler set of beats. The focus is less on the sound of the music, instead highlighting his flow and offering insight into his thinking.

NO EXCEPTIONS ft. NoGum Hundo (prod. Young Vagisil)- This song is a blatant and swift change of mood from the last. It is open and true to the artistry in his lyricism, while maintaining a sense of fun. The beat itself is imaginative and, combined the original cover art, seems to portray Boregard's exploration in his work.

TRUSTFALL (prod. Shenzhin)- Swift and fleeting, this song offers a more raw view of Bo's flow. Even the melody of the song seems to express a sense of vulnerability. This perception is further strengthened by his repeated question, “tell me why I should trust another.” There is a duality here: he seems to feel unbound, yet he remains inhibited by his lack of trust in perhaps others or himself.

CELL ft. Starpav (prod. CONVOLK) This song is heavy, emphasizing a kind of intensity in its attitude. The song does not exactly come across as villainous, as one might infer from the character on the cover art, but it is ambitious and deliberate in its message. He’s “the captain of the ship,” in control of himself and confident enough to brush off "haters" and figuratively “trust fall" with his own judgement.

HAVANA ft. Cornelius Chandler (prod. CEEJ of Two9)- This song was the only single released before the EP itself. As the name might imply, the song has more wavy, downtempo tones. It is more of a harmonious compilation of different sounds, carefree and experimental in its approach. The washed out layers of voices and melodies in the song offer a relaxing vibe.

ETC (prod. Somega)- Although it is only a short bonus track, this song is hype enough that I wish it was longer. From the start of the song, it may become clear who produced it: Somega. Somega easily captures the excitement in each song that he produces for Boregard. Perhaps the lively mood of this song is meant to reflect Bo’s own upbeat spirit. He feels like “Kuzco,” getting his “groove on” on stage. For Bo, “winning is the only option,” and that is exactly what he is does with this song.

Anyone who knows Bo well can likely understand how strongly this EP embodies Boregard's persona. It is assured, but always curious and questioning. Boregard is not just an individual character; at the heart of his brand, Boregard is an idea, symbolic enough to be conveyed through a sticker and a mask. His inventive style invokes a combination of liveliness and vulnerability in the form of 6 songs and several photography pieces. Part of his goal in this stage of his career may just be to be more uninhibited in his musical exploration.

As both a student in Emory University’s Goizueta BBA program and a hip-hop artist, Bo clearly has the intelligence and motivation of a businessman. He has a clear eye for his resources, and he is quick to employ a variety of methods from his toolbox to succeed in his endeavors. From my discussions with Bo, I found that he constantly has thoughts and ideas racing through his head. There is always a task to complete with an underlying goal in mind.

Identifying how to connect his ideas was especially vital to accomplishing his goal of creating Trustfall. Whether it was arranging time to hit the studio, meeting with talented photographers, artists, and audio engineers, connecting with individuals to help organize his shows and plans, or simply freestyle rapping to inspire new lyrics, Boregard jumped at every opportunity he found to finish his quality project.

Boregard gives special thanks to everyone involved in Trustfall EP, as well as SOUL ASYLUM STUDIOS and MODERN MEDICI MANAGEMENT for providing the studio time.

When asked about his future plans as Boregard, Bo hinted that Trustfall may just be a “teaser for a future album.” So be on the look-out! Also, be sure to follow Boregard on social media and check out some of his other creative involvements (below):






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A Senior's Last Week Of High School

The bittersweet end.

Well, this is it. This is what we've worked so hard the last four years - who am I kidding - basically what seems like our whole lives for. This is the very last week we will set foot as a student in our high school's hallways. As most schools are getting ready to set their seniors free at last, it all begins to set in - the excitement, the anxiousness, and also the sentiment and nostalgia.

For seniors, the years since our first day as a freshman at the bottom of the high school totem pole have seemed endless, but as we look back on these last few weeks, we realize that this year in particular has gone by extraordinarily fast. It was just yesterday that we were sitting in our classrooms for the very first time, going to our 'last first' practice, and getting our first taste of the (very real) "senioritis". With all that's going on in our lives right now, from sports and clubs, finals, and the sought after graduation ceremony, it's hard to really sit down and think about how our lives are all about to become drastically different. For some it's moving out, and for some it's just the thought of not seeing your best friend on the way to fourth period English; either way, the feels are real. We are all in a tug of war with the emotions going on inside of us; everything is changing - we're ready, but we're not.

THE GOOD. Our lives are about to begin! There is a constant whirlwind of excitement. Senior awards, getting out of school early, parties, and of course Graduation. We are about to be thrust into a world of all new things and new people. Calling our own shots and having the freedom we have so desperately desired since the teenage years began is right around the corner. Maybe the best part is being able to use these new things surrounding you to grow and open your mind and even your heart to ideas you never could before. We get the chance to sink or swim, become our own person, and really begin to find ourselves.

Things we don't even know yet are in the works with new people we haven't even met yet. These friendships we find will be the ones to last us a lifetime. The adventures we experience will transform into the advice we tell our own children and will become the old tales we pass down to our grandkids when they come to visit on the weekends. We will probably hate the all night study sessions, the intensity of finals week, and the overpowering stress and panic of school in general, just like we did in high school... But it will all be worth it for the memories we make that will outlive the stress of that paper due in that class you absolutely hate. As we leave high school, remember what all the parents, teachers, coaches, and mentors are telling you - this are the best times of our lives!

THE BAD. The sentimental emotions are setting in. We're crying, siblings are tearing up, and parents are full-out bawling. On that first day, we never expected the school year to speed by the way it did. Suddenly everything is coming to an end. Our favorite teachers aren't going to be down the hall anymore, our best friends probably won't share a class with us, we won't be coming home to eat dinner with our families...

We all said we wanted to get out of this place, we couldn't wait, we were ready to be on our own; we all said we wouldn't be "so emotional" when the time came, but yet here we are, wishing we could play one more football game with our team or taking the time to make sure we remember the class we liked the most or the person that has made us laugh even when we were so stressed we could cry these past few years. Take the time to hug your parents these last few months. Memorize the facial expressions of your little sister or brother. Remember the sound of your dad coming home from work. These little things we take for granted every day will soon just be the things we tell our college roommate when they ask about where we're from. As much as we've wanted to get out of our house and our school, we never thought it would break our heart as much as it did. We are all beginning to realize that everything we have is about to be gone.

Growing up is scary, but it can also be fun. As we take the last few steps in the hallways of our school, take it all in. Remember, it's okay to be happy; it's okay to be totally excited. But also remember it's okay to be sad. It's okay to be sentimental. It's okay to be scared, too. It's okay to feel all these confusing emotions that we are feeling. The best thing about the bittersweet end to our high school years is that we are finally slowing down our busy lives enough to remember the happy memories.

Try not to get annoyed when your mom starts showing your baby pictures to everyone she sees, or when your dad starts getting aggravated when you talk about moving out and into your new dorm. They're coping with the same emotions we are. Walk through the halls remembering the classes you loved and the classes you hated. Think of the all great times that have happened in our high school years and the friends that have been made that will never be forgotten. We all say we hated school, but we really didn't. Everything is about to change; that's a happy thing, and a sad thing. We all just have to embrace it! We're ready, but we're not...

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10 Life Lessons I Learned from 'How I Met Your Mother'

This article is going to be legen - wait for it - dary!


In defense of one of my absolute favorite shows of all time, I took quite a bit of good advice away from the incredible cast of characters and wanted to share it. Though it's hard to narrow it down, here's my list of the top ten things I learned from 'How I Met Your Mother':

1. Never settle for less than you deserve

Ted spent a long time searching for his soulmate (9 seasons worth of time, to be exact), and ultimately wasn't willing to settle for less than he deserved. (News flash, neither should you!)

Sure, no one is absolutely perfect and we should not, by any means, search for the perfect complement to ourselves, however in partners and in life in general we should have enough love for ourselves not to accept anything other than what we deserve.

You're incredible, so don't settle on someone or something that isn't as lovely as you!

2. Take a deep breath and slow down

Season 1 Ted and Season 2 Ted are seemingly completely different people (now that's what we call character development!). That's because he goes from overly zealous about fulfilling his idea of the perfect life within his set timeline to realizing that the best way to live is to stop, smell the roses, and content ourselves with the knowledge that we can't force life to happen - sometimes it has to happen in its own time.

Lily nailed it when she said; "You can't design your life like a building. It doesn't work that way. You just have to live it . . . and it'll design itself."

3. Let that sh*t go 

Ted's great advice once was; "You may think your only choices are to swallow your anger or throw it in someone's face, but there's a third option: You can just let it go, and only when you do that is it really gone and you can move forward."

It is so easy to harbor exhausting feelings of anger, vengefulness, and frustration over certain situations and it ends up draining the absolute life out of you when you allow it to take over your thoughts and feelings. When we learn how to let go of that anger, we can start to live our lives more fully by focusing our energy on better things.

4. It's okay to feel lost sometimes

Barney came to a point in the show where he felt like he was in a hedge maze of confusion and frustration over not knowing what he wanted out of life, and if I've learned anything from this, it's that sometimes it can be nice to be lost. Sure, it may seem scary and daunting, but ultimately we have to buckle up and keep searching for our path. It can be fun trying to discover yourself and what you want out of life, taking time to take risks and experiment with yourself until you find what you're looking for. Don't sweat it if you don't have it all figured out.

5. Change isn't as scary as it sounds

As human beings, I think most of us love the feeling of familiarity, which is why when life arounds us begins to change, we start to feel a little overwhelmed and uncomfortable. Robin was a major conveyor of the necessity of being fearless in the face of the change that comes with the passing of time; sometimes change is for the best whether we recognize that fact or not, and we shouldn't let the fear of unfamiliarity scare us into running away from it.

6. Mistakes are scary; make them anyway

Lily so often made decisions that made many of us want to cover our eyes and scream at her, but if she hadn't made some of those decisions, she never would have known whether or not they were mistakes at all. That's how we have to look at our own lives: if we allow ourselves to be scared out of doing certain things for fear that they will be mistakes, how are we to know whether we would regret it? Wouldn't you regret more not knowing how it would have turned out at all? After all, mistakes are just life lessons. So educate yourself and make them!

7. Finding your people Is pure magic

Perhaps one of the most iconic pieces of HIMYM is the incredible friend group that the show focuses around; they go through so much together in the 9 seasons the show ran for, and it makes you realize how special it can be when you find people that help make your life exciting, fulfilled, and beautiful like these beloved characters made each other's lives. Sometimes it can take a while, but if we have patience, are true to ourselves, and remain open to what life throws at us, our people will find us and when they do, they'll make us so much better.

8. The ripple effect is real af

It can be hard to see how small actions and choices we make have a large scale effect on our lives, but after watching HIMYM, it becomes sort of hard not to at least think about how possible it is for the butterfly effect to be real. I made the decision to study abroad in London instead of the other 3 places I was considering this semester, and because of that small decision, I ended up making some of the best friends I could have asked for along the way. If I hadn't made that decision, these people never would have been in my life today. Our decisions now have the power to change our lives later on, which is both terrifying and thrilling all at once.

9. Love is hard work, but so worth the effort

Relationships are anything but easy. They take compromise, communication, honesty, and empathy to make them work, and that's only a few of the requirements. But if HIMYM has taught me anything, it's that when you find the right person, all of that effort is completely worth it. It's not always rainbows and butterflies, but the rainy skies are worthwhile to see all those pretty colors at the end of it all.

10. Nothing good happens after 2 am 

Perhaps one of the most major life lessons HIMYM taught me was that no good decisions happen at such a late hour. If you're thinking about sending that risky text, meeting someone after a late night invite, being out that early in the morning, or whatever the case may be, maybe you should reconsider. Sure, we're promoting making mistakes for the sake of the learning experience, but sometimes you have to pick your battles and know these kinds of mistakes might not be worth the risk.


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