Fresh Track: Tim Gent shows us how to “Get Down”

Throughout the month of October, WNXP has been teasing new music from Nashville Artist of the Month Tim Gent. During that time, he changed his mind about which track in a string of singles to drop first, which track would count as his first release under his own name since 2020. In the end, the Clarksville-raised, Nashville-based rapper, singer and songwriter settled on “Get Down,” a short, amped-up showcase of his verbal skills. For a minute and 51 seconds, Gent sounds dogged in his swagger, flaunting an athletic array of flows, firing off crisp triplets and warning that it’s dangerous to underestimate him.

Here’s Gent’s account of how the track came to be, and what it represents for him:

“This introduction, or this reintroduction, of Tim G is somebody who understands change is good. That’s my model right now. I feel like it coincides with my ‘Catch Height in Every Fall’ mantra, of just taking obstacles head on. Like, ‘Okay, I’m in this new position. This is an opportunity for fresh start.’ And me kind of honing in on that idea has helped me be more flexible with my creativity, like swapping singles during this interview.

“On this song specifically, I worked with Trakmatic and Hustle. They’re producers based in Atlanta with [independent label] Saint & Citizen. Trak sent me a pack of beats and he was like, ‘Hey, on these songs, man, I want you to just be free. Don’t confine your flow. Don’t confine you know what you want to say. Just be as raw as you can and as free as you can be. And channel this record in idea, any flow, any direction.’ I just jumped on it and didn’t hesitate. And I was confident in what I had just performed. We went back to post-production and got it suited and booted and, you know, added some additives and vocals and stuff like that. But it’s just a real representation of, ‘Change is good.’

“That’s not the usual model for me with my songs. I usually write them out, change it a little bit, then go record it, as opposed to sitting in front of the microphone and just letting it out. So that’s what this this record represents.”