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Phoenix New Times article Best acts of 2015 (Brutha White)
Going to a Brutha White show is a contemplative experience. His shows inspire toe-tapping and head-bobbing, and his lyrics deliver existential messages about cherishing time here on Earth.

As he strums during "Letter to Momma," from his 2013 11-song album, WuT-Ever May Come, heartbreaking lyrics about his mother's death bring tears to the eyes of those in the audience. White wrote the song while sitting on a beach crying, and his pain is felt in every word he sings.

Brutha White, whose real name is Tim White, describes his music as "acoustic hip-hop -- Ben Harper meets Sade with a cousin of A Tribe Called Quest," and he delivers it with soulful, emotive vocals while playing guitar.

White says he wants to "wake people up a little, just to themselves." A newer track, "Truth Be Told," is about self-realization and letting go of external influences. To achieve this himself, White meditates and teaches meditation to friends, insisting he's able to transcend worldly desires.

"I have the innate pleasure of seeing things through lenses people normally wouldn't," he says. "It doesn't make me special. I just don't get construed by angers or jealousies or defeats -- none of that fazes me."

The attitude translates to the patience White has when it comes to songwriting. He says songs often come to him, but he will perform them only when they seem truly appropriate for the world surrounding him. "Music is food," he says, and he has thousands of songs ready for the right moment to be released.

"This is pure humility, but I could look at someone and write a song about them right now," White says. "But I don't use that unless someone asks me to. I use the universe. If it's lashing out, it'll come out."

He hopes people who come to his shows find everlasting joy, not just fleeting happiness. "You can be happy now and sad tomorrow, but you're always joyous," White says. "If it's something I see people don't carry because they're lost in drugs or some emotional barrier or are too self-conscious, why not spread it? I believe the shows will get under your skin a little bit, and you might just walk away with an open, smiling heart." NICKI ESCUDERO