If you follow this blog, you probably know I never write R.I.P. posts when it comes to artists. Reason being, I don’t know them. No disrespect to any artist I admire that has passed, but if I’ve never met you its hard for me to do a RIP tribute post. I’m a bit weird like that.
That being said, I woke up this morning to see #RIPAloriJoh all over twitter. Hoping it wasn’t true and just some sort of hoax….I searched her page and AbSoul’s page and it started to become evident.
I met Loriana (I knew her as Loriana) back in ’08/’09 through a friend I used to co-write with. My friend called me up one day telling me I HAVE to hear this girl sing. I said “bet, bring her through”. Days later she brought over Javonte (her writing partner and close friend) and Loriana to my little bedroom studio in Sherman Oaks.
From the first note she hit into that microphone, I knew she was a serious talent and force to be reckoned with. She was a bit shy and quiet, but transformed as soon as that ‘record’ button was pressed and it was time to lay down a take. We wrote and recorded about 4 or 5 songs together and those sessions were memorable as I remember her being more of a perfectionist than me! One night, she spent 45 minutes on one take because she wanted to get this one note right. She cared deeply about her craft and took nothing for granted.
This news comes as a shock to me and I don’t really deal well with death. We weren’t close, but working with her was a pleasure and its a shame that God took another talent from us especially at such a young age.
My condolences go out to Loriana’s family, the whole TDE crew, Ab-Soul especially and Javonte.
Chase your dreams……none of us know how long we have in this lifetime.
Rest in Power Loriana.
Peace, your music will live on.