Since the 1960s, the J. Arthur Trudeau Memorial Center located on 3445 Post Road in Warwick has been Southern New England’s premier provider of services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. With clients ranging from children to adults, it’s one of the few organizations of its specialty that serves individuals in all stages of life. They currently work with over 3,000 people all over Rhode Island and the surrounding areas of Connecticut and Massachusetts with their mission being to enhance the quality of living of these folks. One of the ways the Trudeau Center pursues this is by intertwining the local music scene with the people they work with, which often results in some enjoyable projects and activities for all involved. An example of this is a free record release & dance party that’s happening at the center on March 31 from 6-9 p.m.
It’s all going down to celebrate the release of the hip hop album from Donald Torres, also known as MC DT, titled “The Man, The Myth, The Legend”. He collaborated with Ian Campopiano from the Providence experimental rap rock act Ontologics on it, who has also been working at the Trudeau Center for the past 18 years as a Direct Support Professional.
“My favorite music is hip hop,” Torres says about the making of the album. “I recorded songs before, but this time I wanted to release a full album. Ian helped me with this big accomplishment and goal, and making it was so much fun. I wanted to make music to share with my friends, family, [the] Trudeau [Center] and even Drake. I can’t wait for my record release party and I know I will see a lot of people and have a lot of fun. There’s going to be a DJ and everything.”
“We recorded the album at my home studio over the course of a year from the fall of 2021 to the fall of 2022,” Campopiano adds. “We tried to express something unique and fun while creating good memories that last a lifetime through sound. Each song has a different theme that Donald brought forth through his vivid imagination. I’ve written and produced songs with clients from Trudeau over the years, and it’s always a great experience. Donald has already started working on his follow up record titled ‘Dream Big’.”
While working with Campopiano on “The Man, The Myth, The Legend”, Torres wrote all the songs for it himself as well as doing all the vocals. Tracks such as “Get Money”, “Giddy Up (Cowboy Kid)”, “Hands Up”, “Hit The Dance Floor” and “Summer Time” highlight a one-of-a-kind album that has really interesting beats and rhymes. The structure that’s present is its own peculiar thing while being a bit abstract and with Torres’ upbeat lyrics. Overall, the music is a product of how this creative outlet can be something fun for anyone to have an experience with. Make sure to check out the album on the MC DT Youtube channel or grab a copy at the Trudeau Center this Friday night during what should be a real cool time.
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