I know you’re in need of finding some new music to stream. Don’t worry, I got you covered. Chicago native Aaron Mitchell, aka Aaron the Paragon, just might have some songs for you to add to your playlist.
Mitchell, 17, recently released his first EP titled, Vengeance EP. He had a specific reason for titling this EP, “The title Vengeance came to mind because in a way this project was me going against myself and being better than what I used to be. Like having this mentality of ‘Don’t call it a comeback, because I’ve always been here for years.’ Ya know?” Having the creative freedom to both write and produce served as motivation for him to create this album as a way to showcase what he was capable of. It wasn’t too long ago that Mitchell had just begun to test the grounds of making music. “Freshman year I was in this ASM program on the West Side and it was a lot of music and business stuff,” said the Gwendolyn Brooks senior. “With the music aspect, we were shown the writing portion of stuff. I was playing around with it and I ended up being pretty good at it. My work was received well, therefore, I kept doing it and before I knew it I began to like it more and more.”
Being from the Windy City has played a role in Mitchell’s influences and sound. “Currently when it comes to delivery and being able to get my message across in a way that is lyrical and appropriate for my age, people like Mick Jenkins influence me and just people in Chicago because we’re coming from the same place. In the singing aspect, Lucky Date is my inspiration.” Unlike some artists, Mitchell doesn’t try to label his sound. He enjoys mixing a variety of genres when making beats, therefore, providing versatility with his music.
This is just the beginning for Mitchell. He states that as far as his music career goes, “I’m not sure what the future holds for me musically, but I, of course, I want to be known. I want to be able to perform at places and be recognized. Not too mainstream, but not too underground either; just somewhere in the middle ground. Most importantly I want people to enjoy my music. The more enjoyment the better.”
Wondering when a full-length album may drop? Unfortunately, Mitchell’s doesn’t give a concrete answer yet. “When I’m able to make more beats and [have] more stories to tell. I tell stories based on what I’ve been through or seen. I want to continue to get my skills up too. I want to explore other genres like neo-soul.”
As for now, you can listen to Vengeance EP on all streaming platforms.
By Monique Petty-Ashmeade, Senior, Brooks College Prep