Rap Artist Montana of 300 will come to the Lincoln College campus to talk to students about the music business and writing lyrics and material for his recordings. Lincoln College Studio Recording Instructor Erik Nelson was the sound engineer and contributing producer for Montana’s latest release.
Montana will be at the Johnston Center for the Arts Wednesday, Nov. 28, beginning at 4 p.m. Nelson operates Eclipse Studios in Bloomington, where the album was recorded. Music students from area schools are invited to attend.
Montana of 300’s songs and albums have appeared on various Billboard magazine charts, including: Top Independent Albums and top R&B and Hip-Hop. Montana also appears on the television program Empire.
In 2008, Montana, who was born Walter Anthony Bradford, joined with a friend from high school to form the rap group “300.” The name for the group was taken from the movie, “300” which retells the story of the battle of Thermopylae and the 300 Spartans who sacrificed their lives in a successful effort to delay the advancement of 300,000 Persian soldiers.
His debut studio album, Fire in the Church, was released on May 20, 2016. He is best known for his rap style, incorporating trap, R&B, and drill beats, while also making remixes to hit songs that, like his originals, often include a religious subtext. He released his third solo tape and second album Don’t Doubt the God on May 20, 2017. His third studio album, Pray for the Devil, was released on May 20, 2018.
“This is another opportunity for our students to learn from working professionals,” said Dr. Denise La Grassa, Lead Faculty in the Comtemporary Jazz Program. “Montana will be the third music professional this semester to give talks to students and offer one-on-one advice as they work on their own compositions. The upcoming contemporary jazz review show, will incorporate what they have learned, including original songs and music written and produced by the students.”
The review, “#Off the Grid LC,” will be coming to the Johnston Center Dec. 6-7, beginning at 7 p.m. both nights.