BOSTON R&B DUO THE LOOP’S NEW SINGLE ‘ABOUT YOU’ CONQUERS THE UGLINESS OF THE “I’M ALL THAT" MINDSET
Boston R&B/soul duo, The Loop, wants to put the bullies and those who lead the pack in ugliness of character in the spotlight to be exposed. They see visible beauty is an attraction, but recognize beauty of the soul is the true beauty which has the power to lead and influence the world.
The duo have embarked on an enthusiastic and committed plan to explore opportunity and promise through their music, while supporting aspiring and heartfelt activism.
The Loop follows up their first singles, “See me beyond my skin" and “Affirmations“, with
a new release on January 7, 2022, “About You”. The song focuses on the
polarizing behavior of the “I’m all that" mindset. The character in the song is weak, lacks
confidence, is egotistical and pompously arrogant, but behaves like they are in full control and are on top of the world and superior to others. The song combines spoken soul, rap and R&B to effectively attack the unacceptable behaviors of the subjects’ arrogance and their obsession to bring down others to feel good about themselves. On release week the duo was the cover feature of the StardomKids Magazine.
“Humbleness is the key to not being ugly”…
“Humbleness is the key to not being ugly”, is one impactful lyric that speaks to the power of being real and honest and loving what they see in the mirror. “Confidence is more than an attitude”, so you can’t fake it and the real person beneath the shield will soon be exposed. The song’s bridge provides an accurate recap of how the subject is stuck and believes all the lies and the stranger reflected in the mirror, and don’t know how to or desire to change. They need to see the ugliness in the mirror, and uncover the genuine beauty and good that exists.
Acting like you’re better than the rest Won’t make it fine You look in the mirror And you wanna pick a fight With all the things you hide You’re covered in your pride You’re stuck in your own lies You said you’re gonna change your ways But where’s the change I guess you only have yourself to blame
“ladies of opportunity and promise”…
The loop, which stands for “ladies of opportunity and promise”, want their music to represent all one can achieve in life. Boston-based teen artists, Marcia Bibbins and M’Zariah Starr, age 16, formed the contemporary urban pop/R&B duo, in their teens after connecting through their childhood and school friendship. They both had passion for music and a collaborative strength to share their vision on life’s perceptions.
Their music fits across many genres and is a unique blend of pop, R&B, rap and spoken soul, that removes all judgment and creates an open mind on how people envision the world and those in it. They bring their own spin to old and new sounds with their genre-blending style, creating an artful fusion that captures emotion and drives their activism and passions to influence positivity forward.
The driven duo released back-to-back singles on February 12, 2021 and March 18, 2021, “See Me beyond My Skin” and “Affirmations”. Both songs project a vision of confidence and focus on the potential for strengthening self-worth and personal discovery. The group’s debut single, “See Me Beyond My Skin”, uses spoken soul intertwined with sweet vocals and harmonies to communicate the existence of racism and colorism from the perspective of today’s youth. Spotify streams on their first three releases exceed 22,000. The Loop’s lyrics express we all should fit successfully in today’s world despite our skin color…
Not dark enough to be black
Not light enough to be white
Don’t you dare try to ostracize me
because I may be lighter or brighter than you
You are me and I am you
There is a calmness and simplicity throughout their songs, which is an open invitation to change perceptions, heal emotional wounds, and bond together to bring power and strength to each other and all lives. They tell stories, through their music, and are on a mission to bring everybody and the world together.
Their second release “Affirmations” expresses the importance of self-love and positivity to everyday existence. Powerful affirmations like “I am strong”, “I am brilliant”, “I am destined for greatness”, can change your world, perspective on lovability and vision for achievement and purpose.
"In our music we talk about self-acceptance, self-love, and of humbleness and self-motivation. I think these topics are important to talk about because as a teenager and as a human it's been hard to understand what self-love means and how important it is, and I think as humans we get caught up in day-to-day living that we forget that self-maintenance and self-love is just as important as money or a job", explains the duo.
In the initial months of their release, they had appeared on and have been interviewed on numerous radio shows, participated and won talent events, and had been in many publications, including the Stardom Kids Magazine, Bay State Banner, RnR Factory blog, Rattler Magazine and Gas Mask Magazine. Most recently, they won first place in the Teen Maker Showdown for "Affirmations", won first place for their song, "See Me Beyond My Skin" in Loretta's Last Call "Back to Live" qualifier. and appeared live on 98.1 FM Urban Heat. MZ won the 2021 singer songwriter competition which took place at Loretta's Last Call in Boston, and "Affirmations" won the 2021 Performers on the Go, "Song of the year".
M’Zariah Starr received the 2021 MLK Mountaintop Civic Award The mission of the Mountaintop Project is to reflect the creative vision that Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. articulated during his final Mountain Top speech. Some artists Marcia enjoys are Jennifer Hudson, Jazmine Sullivan, Aretha Franklin, and Chloe and Halle, Jacob Collier, and Usher/ She describes herself as motivated, driven, perseverant. Marcia’s favorite quote is Martin Luther King's, "Our lives begin to end the day become silent about things that matter."
MZ’s favorite artists are, Rihanna and Jazmine Sullivan. She describes herself as determined, motivated and loyal. Her favorite quote is, “Self-love is the best love. “Music is the source of my happiness; not just what it sounds like but how it makes me feel,” said Marcia. “Music is my outlet and I make it so people can feel what I feel. I want my music to be an outlet for people around the world."
Both are students at Boston Arts Academy and are active in the school’s music programs. They will be performing their songs at an upcoming event at the Boston Hard Rock Café in early 2022, and have an outreach plan to help their peers escape the influence of bullies and transition their behaviors in a positive direction. “Acting like you’re so scary. Arrogance ain’t flattering on you”, are the behaviors captured in the lyrics, the duo is hopeful can be changed when others recognize them for who they are, and that their hurtful behaviors will not be accepted or acknowledged.